01/26/10 Teaching Seminar: Exploring Persona
Hi! My name is Justin Stanley, and while I am not new to the MIE at NEC News Blog, I am beginning a new role. As a documentation specialist, I plan to inquire into my own persona as an artist-teacher-scholar and what role documentation has in developing persona.
I want to see how documentation can affect me as artist (by carefully examining my practice and my lessons for French horn), a teacher (through examination of my work at Josiah Quincy Upper School), and as a scholar (through documentation of the Teaching Seminar and Warren Senderâ€™s Improvisation in Music Education) as I build my portfolio.
The Music-in-Education Teaching Seminar at NEC, taught by Dr. Larry Scripp, met for the first time last Tuesday. The class is a little smaller this year than the first time I took the class in the spring of 09. Last year, the class seemed like a continuation of Intro to Music-in-Education, a class offered in the Fall by Professor Scripp. This time around, however, only two of the members of the Teaching Seminar â€“ myself included â€“ were members of the Intro class. Therefore, I feel like I saw the differences in the curriculum more clearly right from the start.
We spent most of the class talking, in one way or another, about ourselves as artists. Larry posed this simple question to all of us: â€œWhat is your persona as an artist?â€ Responses were surprisingly varied, ranging from being a vessel for a composer or character in performance to breaking down barriers in various cultural settings. One student found that his role as an artist changes from performing to composing to teaching. Later, a student that assists Professor Scripp in teaching his graduate solfÃ©ge class explained his role and the responsibilities that come with that role as a teaching assistant. The following video presents parts of these discussions.
I predict that weâ€™ll be diving into the artist-teacher-scholar framework very soon in this class, discussing our readings, teaching, and plans for teaching. This class brought up some interesting ideas for me. As a documentation specialist, I try to keep a very analytical eye toward whatâ€™s going on. As a horn player, I look for simplicity. As an artist, I try to constantly expand my horizons. As a teacher, I look to help others expand their horizons or develop their own personas. I wonder how valuable it is to be able to separate and put together oneâ€™s own roles in life. This is a topic I look forward to exploring as the semester continues.