One of the many great, but challenging parts about getting a degree in music education is that our certification is to teach K-12, band, choir, orchestra, and general music. As future educators we need to become proficient in all these areas so that we are able to teach our future students. Usually we each have an area of expertise, but it is vital that we are competent in all areas of music education. One area I feel most undergraduates struggle in is being proficient on their secondary instruments. This can especially be a challenge for non-instrumentalists. There is no way we are able to be an expert on every instrument, but it is possible to have a basic knowledge of the different instruments and be able to play them at a proficient level. Continue reading