For my artifact, I chose my ukulele, and the song All of Me. The reason why I chose these things is because they express to me the very reason why I am a music teacher. To me, music teaching is about what we will go on to use music for in our lives… to create joy in our own lives and in the lives of others.
I received a ukulele for my birthday last year, but I’ve been playing for several years. I’ve been playing the song All of Me for my daughter every day since she was born. It is our special bond. She loves the sound of music and of me singing. And sure, it’s not the perfection of Mozart… but you can bet your life that Mozart knew how to hammer out a few bar tunes at a party too. We all need music for more than stiff concert situations. Music is for joy.