Allow students to study privately while student teaching
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Recently, Music Department Interim Director, Dr. Min Kwon, announced to the
underclassmen of the Music Education Department that students cannot take applied major
lessons during their “full-time student teaching.” Mason Gross advertises the “conservatory
approach,” which should sanction the finest private instruction to all of its students for the
entirety of their time at the school. As a fourth (or fifth) year student many of us are auditioning
for competitive graduate programs and the finest professional performance positions in the
country, even while student teaching. Taking lessons, and having the opportunity to play in
MGSA ensembles and is something that many of us would like to maintain. The ensembles at
Mason Gross are led by phenomenal conductors; considering we are spending time on the
podium for the first time in front of students, our time spent with them is invaluable during this
period of growth for us as teachers. Removing eighth semester seniors would negatively impact
the ensembles and inhibit the growth of younger students in the performance groups. Eighth
semester students are considered to be the most advanced musicians in the department.
Removing us from the ensembles is an immediate drop-off in students who received the most
education on their instrument, it’s simply not sensible.
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