Orchestra Staff: Sean Patrick

2008 Ball State University
B.A. in Music Education (instrumental/general) with additional licence in vocal/general.
2014 Indiana Wesleyan University
Master of Education
Teacher Leadership with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction
Sean M Patrick
Work Contact
1216 S. Indiana Ave
Goshen, IN  46526
(574) 533-0391 


Home Contact
1205 Twin Flower Dr.
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 612-2851 

       Education is among some of the most honorable professions one can choose.  My ten years teaching has confirmed my choice or professions.  I love teaching.  I want to see my students accomplish goals.  I like to see students realize they have talents and abilities that they may have never otherwise discovered.  That is why I chose to become an educator.  Educators inspire.

      I believe the educator’s responsibility is to transmit knowledge to students in the form of experiences.  The most effective learning takes place when a student discovers concepts for themselves; this however requires some initial formal instruction followed by guidance by the educator.  The subject matter for the class should include material determined and scheduled by a teacher, while leaving room to accommodate the students’ desires for more knowledge in areas of interest.  The educator must have a broad and in depth knowledge of the subject material so as to provide flexibility in the classroom.  

      As a music educator, I strongly believe in the importance of music education in the school.  All subjects of learning can find a place of value in the music classroom.  The study of the musician and their music is important, and applicable to their time in history.  Divisions of beats in a musical passage have application to mathematical principles such as basic math but also fractions and pattern associations.  Teaching music at a young age can assist children in learning how to read sentences and paragraphs, by helping solidify the right to left, top to bottom, motion that can confound students with learning disabilities.  Additionally, knowledge of music in a historical context can be applied to a better understanding of art and literature of the time.  

      I like to have  well balanced music programs.  The same style of music will not draw all students.  If a school has the resources available, I would like it’s programs to offer opportunities in large concert ensembles where students can participate and grow their abilities while performing in an excellent group.  These ensembles can perform music iconic to their type and history.  The concert ensemble also lends itself to the growth of team building skills and understanding concepts of inter-dependency.  Smaller chamber ensembles should be instated to teach student independence and finer points of communication in a musical setting.  These ensembles also have a repertoire or curriculum all of their own to explore and discover.  Though the study of jazz is more familiar to some musical settings than others, I feel that this genre of music is also an important area of study.  Jazz encourages the individual within a group setting, though improvisation jazz encourages spontaneous creation/composition of music and application of knowledge, t is an important part of American musical history and culture, and many students may find an enjoyment of and identity in the styles of music played in the jazz setting.

      Music has its own intrinsic value.  Music allows us to express our emotions without speaking a word.  Music can be a catalyst for emotions and thoughts as well.  Would a movie be as interesting or suspenseful without the music in the background?  Dissonance builds tension, where consonance can leave a feeling of joy and peace.  “Music is the language of the heart.”  If we stop teaching music how will the heart communicate?