Alejandro Rodriguez ready to inspire future music educators
October 27, 2016
Even before UTA senior Alejandro Rodriguez finishes his own music education training, he is already thinking about the next generation of music educators. The Dallas native is in his final semester of student teaching, and he shares how he became interested in music, what he enjoys most about student teaching and his goals for the future.
When did your interest in music start?
My interest in music began when I was 6 years old. I was fascinated by the skills of a piano player at my church. Around that same time, my mother bought me a keyboard for Christmas, and I played on it non-stop. As soon as I became a fifth grader, my mother enrolled me into band to learn and play the saxophone, her favorite instrument.
Why did you choose to attend UTA?
The UTA music program hosted a master class at my high school during my senior year, and I was intrigued by the performances. That same day, I did research into the music program, and I discovered the various courses the program offered. After auditioning and getting accepted into UTA, I was given full tuition scholarships and grants.
What do you enjoy most about student teaching?
What I enjoy the most about student teaching is the fact that I learn something new everyday. The experience of actually teaching a class is very thrilling, yet a learning process because I get to analyze and evaluate myself to become a better educator.
What has been the most difficult aspect of student teaching?
I find it quite difficult to have a comfortable pace for each activity. I can get carried away with an activity and not realize how much time is left.
What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?
One of my long-term goals is to stay current with the best practices and events of my profession. I also hope to become an inspiration for the next generation of music educators.
Name one way that the UTA music education program has prepared you for being a teacher.
The mock interviews and presentations I had to complete for many of the courses have molded and prepared me into becoming a teacher.
The Dark Knight Trilogy, Forrest Gump, The Great Gatsby, The Sound of Music, and Rent.
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If you could have dinner with any three famous people (living or dead), who would they be?