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Influential Music Teacher Interview Michael Milner Education - BMus Laurier Teaching Role - Concert Band Conductor, Choir Conductor, Instrumental Music Teacher (9- 12), Vocal Methods Teacher (9-12), Vocal Director for School Musical, Orchestra Conductor for School Musical I chose Mr. Milner as my influential music teacher because he was able to see potential in me as an educator and used his own pedagogies to encourage me throughout my entire musical journey. I aspire to be as good of an educator as he was to me. 1.) Why did you go into music education? I went into music education because I knew that I was given the gift of music and I believed and had the desire to pass on what I knew to one other person. 2.) Who were your influences? My influences were all my past music teachers, the Ursulines and my music idol, James Galway. I would be remiss if I didn’t include my family and genes that were passed down to me and the fun we had singing and playing together. 3.) What is challenging? As a music educator…. time is the challenge… you are expected to be the expert in all areas of music, a musicologist of sorts and time only permits you to focus on only one main thing, in my case, performance and only touch the other areas of music. My philosophy is that is
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