Mrs. Surbaugh's Teaching Philosophy
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Connection!  That's what I believe is the most important goal of music education.  In my classroom, I feel it's essential that my students not only establish a connection with music, but realize how music connects to all areas of learning.  I hope to teach them to understand how important a role music plays in their lives, as well as the world around them.
I offer a variety of activities in the classroom in order to establish a musical connection with each individual student on some level.  Our concerts are designed to not only create a memory for our students, but to connect a child to their parents or grandparents, or to connect to a particular feeling or event in their life.  It's up to me to provide the means to make those important connections.