Dr. Joseph Montelione
Lesson Location: Music House
Course Name: MUS 1150 06
Mentorship is more than just providing opportunities for learning outside of the classroom, it is setting an example for students to aspire to become beyond that which they hope; it is being available to them and developing the trust necessary to guide them; it is knowing when they need additional support versus accepting when they need to learn how to fail—and being there to assist them in the recovery.
I lead a studio that embraces the study of all genres of music and subsequent participation in all types of ensembles. If in our time together I only consider instrumental performance technique, I feel I will have failed the student. However, if I incorporate important life skills, then the student has gained knowledge and competencies that will prove valuable regardless of their future endeavors.
Therefore, within the context of musical training, it is my hope to teach students to think critically, independently, and creatively; to instill discipline, respect for detail and a thirst for excellence; to impart a hunger for knowledge and life-long learning; to improve communication skills; to encourage professionalism and respect of others, to promote self-confidence while being a team player; to increase emotional intelligence and sensitivity to others; to enhance problem-solving skills and finally, to prepare them for participation in the professional musical world.
My hope is that after studying with me, the student would leave not only a future active community musician but also a better well-rounded, and competent individual prepared to engage the world around them.