Kristopher Emanuel

  • B.A. Music Performance - CUNY Hunter College and B.M.E. Instrumental Music Education - MSU Denver. 2nd Year at Indian Peaks!

I believe that music is a second language and is acquired through natural exposure and use, just as our first languages are acquired. Improvising music (making it up on the spot) is the equivalent of speech. Composing music is the equivalent of writing. We address our comfort zones in order to ensure students feel safe to explore the musical language. Music is student-centered meaning their interests and unique attributes guide decision making in the music room and students guide their own learning. We initially learn music through approximation, which is an important stage in acquiring language. And finally we scaffold the learning, ensuring that we can all have a conversation together, no matter what our level is!

I love to spend time with my family and friends, playing games, cycling, and reading. This year I am especially excited about getting to play music with other teachers as we start forming a band!

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