ERIC Number: EJ700490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Reference Count: N/A
More than a Living: Teaching in an Urban School
Teaching Music, v11 n4 p24 Feb 2004
This article is one of an occasional series examining what school music teachers do and why, and offering an inside look at a stimulating challenging, and rewarding career. Claudine Nash was born and educated in the District of Columbia. Part of a large and musically active family for whom the church was critical, she played bass in the D.C. Youth Orchestra, then, encouraged by teachers who saw great musicality and talent in her; trained to be a music teacher, earning a bachelor's degree at The Catholic University of America. Nash is a twenty-eight year veteran of teaching, an active bassist, and the president of the District of Columbia Music Educators Association. She's currently the sole music teacher (general music, vocal music, strings) at Birney Elementary School in Anacostia, a neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C. some of her best tips for new teachers in an urban setting include: (1) Starting the day with some form of meditation to get yourself centered before you leave home or on the way to school, and if you have time before your classes start, at your desk; (2) Developing and maintaining a great relationship with principals, administrators, faculty, and especially the custodial staff; (3) Getting to know the environment in which you're teaching; and (4) Remembering that you are there to serve the children and the community.
Descriptors: Musicians, Singing, Music, Music Teachers, Music Education, Teacher Role, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia