A Bloggable Moment: Biggest Compliment EVER!!!!

I just finished teaching my Music Theory 1/Ap Music Theory class (that’s right I have both levels in the same class- talk about differentiating instruction!) there are 30 students, and since I had to “convince” my school to offer the class (they won’t open a section with less than 25 students) I had to “take all comers” meaning that there were about 10 students interested in AP, but that is not enough to make a class…

Anyway, on to the compliment…

As you can imagine, I have a WIDE variety of students in this class, but I am basically teaching EVERYONE AP (not “dumbing it down”) there are some VERY CHALLENGING STUDENTS in the class- ones that really couldn’t care less about the finer points of theory…

After class today- one of these “challenging” students came up to me and said:  “You know, you are like that teacher in the movie Dangerous Minds- you are not happy until everyone learns even us dumb kids” I looked him straight in the eye (tearing up a bit) and thanked him.  I told him that that is one of the biggest compliments I could EVER get as a teacher.  He just looked at me like I had two heads.

What a great day!!!!!!!!!


23 Responses to A Bloggable Moment: Biggest Compliment EVER!!!!

  1. Cary says:

    Congratulations, coach! The next question: now that he really knows that you care and that you won’t let him slide, will he kick it up into high gear?

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  3. musicteacher541 says:

    Wow. Congratulations, that was indeed one of the greatest compliments a teacher could ever have, such a memorable and rewarding experience! I must say that you go beyond being their mere music teacher – you are truly a mentor who is “unhappy until everyone learns even those dumb kids” and who simply deserves your students’ and fellow music teachers’ appreciation. You can be an inspiration to your colleagues and to any teacher out there. Thank you for sharing your experience and inspiring most of us to do better and give more to our dear students – motivating them to learn, understand, love and enjoy music. All the best, my friend. Til your next posts on creative and innovative music teaching resources that we can use today!

  4. Toby says:

    This is a great moment in the life of a great teacher. Thanks for sharing. It’s what teaching is all about.

    Just LOVE your blog!


  5. Joe Bruno says:

    Hi Owen,

    I was looking for blogs about music education and your blog was rated #2 out of the top 100 Music Education Blogs. I hope you remember me from the “Pass the Torch Music Mentoring Program” It has been about 8 years since I walked into your band room at South East High with several of Tampa Bay’s finest jazz musicians at an ungodly hour for a musician, I think it was 7AM. (a perfect time to schedule a jazz class to get your mind going for the rest of the day) Pass the Torch was a program that was in an R&D phase at that time. We succeeded in working with all of the Sarasota/Manatee school jazz programs and we raised enough money to “Pay” the musicians.

    I have started a new program that I hope will not compete with school music programs. It focuses around professional level Blues based Music and is being directed at the other 80% of the students not enrolled in the school band. It is called the Institute for American Popular Music Innovation. I hope to communicate with you so I can develop this in a harmonius relationship with the traditional school music programs. I have learned since our first meeting that you have become a center of influence in FBA. Congratulations on your fine musuc program in North Port.

    Joe Bruno

  6. Kevin Tuck says:

    Hey Owen,

    What a great moment – congratulations!

    Reading stuff like that makes you proud to be a teacher.

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