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Apr 16th

First Person: Telling our own stories Seeking fulfillment in pursuit of music mission, Patricia Gordon starts her own music company

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Patricia Gordon

I am a formal music teacher in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools. I also taught in Memphis Tennessee, my hometown. My degree is in sacred music/voice from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and I am currently completing my Masters in music education at Northern Arizona University (online), Flagstaff, Arizona.

I am a formal music teacher in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools. I also taught in Memphis Tennessee, my hometown. My degree is in sacred music/voice from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and I am currently completing my Masters in music education at Northern Arizona University (online), Flagstaff, Arizona.

In addition to teaching in public schools, I have taught both private and group lessons to children of all ages, diverse backgrounds, and disabilities. I have a long love and passion for children and music which I can no longer fulfill through the public schools. For me to be in an atmosphere and an environment that has caused so much tension and stress about the very thing that I love so passionately has caused me to reconsider not only what I have a passion for, but reconsider who I was giving instruction to, which went unappreciated. As a result, I sought other ways of surviving to fulfill my musical mission. I decided to start my own music company.

My first reason for wanting to start a business in the music industry is because it is something that I have always desired and a subject that I have always enjoyed teaching. Just as my music teacher made it possible for me to take piano lessons in my community when I was a child, I want to make it possible for other children to pursue their dreams. The question now is how. Where are children going to receive musical training and develop their musical skills if music is not taught at school and not being provided in the community? Because of the deficiency of musical programs in our public schools, about 60% of public school children go year after year without any musical training at all.

Why isn't music taught in all public schools? The answer is clear. It's not only because of lack of funding, but because it is not important to everyone, which clearly sends the wrong message - that if it is not taught, then it must not be necessary. Many parents desire quality music education music for their children, but are unable to satisfy that need for many reasons. Everyone is not as fortunate as my eight-year-old daughter who is currently taking violin, learning how to play the piano and sings because her mom and dad are singers. Starting my own business is an excellent way to give back to the community. My program is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in providing a quality musical education for their children. My philosophy is to make the service available; when this is done the rest is left up to the parents to take the initiative and the advantage. However, if I am not willing to give back 100% to the community from my past experiences, then what is my purpose?

My purpose is to bring the gift of music into the community; to bring each student to a level of musical independence through excellent training. The objective will be for the student to learn basic rhythm, theory and music notation in addition to learning how to sing, dance and play instruments. My mission is to provide the best musical training possible through recognizing the talents and gifts of each child; to nourish each talent without discrimination, based on their capabilities. My philosophy is to strive to make sure that every student receives a quality and well- balanced education in music; one that enhances, stimulates and develops the musical pride in a child. My method of teaching is threefold: exciting, creative and challenging. Finally, my vision is to become a complete music school through offering an extensive curriculum in a variety of classes that covers every area of art and the four basic instrument groups.

My curriculum is structured, carefully planned and designed to meet the needs of every child individually. The classes include group and private piano; voice; African, creative and modern dance; rhythmic drumming; music gymnastics; gospel ballet; violin; flute; theory
 

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