Sydney Heasley

Music Ed major, hoping to teach 9-12 grade

Musical Background

I graduated from Paw Paw High School in southwest Michigan.  I have played trumpet since sixth grade.  It wasnt until high school that I really knew what music meant to me.  Freshman year I was placed in the top band, which kind of sparked a thought in my mind like, "hey, I might be kind of good at this!" About sophomore year I got really into it and decided to participate in Solo & Ensemble, and it has exploded from there.  Junior year I was trumpet section leader and participated in All Star Band.  I also played a trumpet trio for Solo & Ensemble.  Senior year I was Drum Major, and first chair in Symphony and Jazz band.  I performed a solo at Solo & Ensemble, and recieved a 1 at District and a 2 at State.  About the end of junior year is when I decided I wanted to be a music teacher, and I ended up being a Teachers Assistant for my director and often, instead of getting a substitute, she would let me lead class, which solidified my need to be a music teacher.

Why I Want To Be a Music Teacher

Music to me has always been a type of therapy almost.  I feel so comfortable in a band room, it is like a second home.  I know that if I am having a bad day, I always have music to make things better.  Its what I looked foward to in my day.  I saw the good, and bad, things my director did and I want to be able to affect my students lives the way she affected mine.  Not only did she care about my music, but she cared about my well-being as well.  Other teachers dont pay attention to anything other than your work, but music is such a personal thing.  I want to instill the love of music that I have into my students.  Plus, why not do what I love for the rest of my life? I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I love music, so this is the perfect job for me.  This quote describes it perfectly, "love what you study and study what you love." I cant imagine myself doing anything else and I cant wait to have my own band!

"Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music."