The crest of my undergraduate alma mater San Francisco State University reads experientia docet—experience teaches—continues to have relevance throughout my learning experiences and teaching career. As a self-taught guitarist, I had ample opportunities to learn in what Christopher Small (1998) referred to as musicking, in small groups (rock bands), in and outside of school, as well as by myself at a computer work station using a MIDI keyboard and software. Before any academic music training, I experienced peer-direction, trial-and-error–based learning, and I used recordings and technology to engage with music relevant to my personal interests at the time.
These days, I think about how my experiences as a student, teacher, and now a scholar might foster student-centered music classrooms, and have come to realize that I no longer wanted to teach from the master-apprentice model (Allsup, 2016). Currently, I prefer to support the work of my students and find more satisfaction in learning how to facilitate creative encounters in ways similar to those I engaged with when I was their age.
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