Name: Joyce Wells
Position & school(s): General Music K-5 at the Rutherford School, coordinator of 4-5 Morning Music Program, All County choral coach
How long have you been teaching? 42 years privately. 10 in the public schools
Where did you go to college? University of Washington in Seattle, then Graduate School at Goddard College in Vermont
What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing the light bulb go off when a student "gets" something. The sound of young voices singing in tune!
Why did you become a music teacher? To share what I love so much and have been fortunate to be educated in myself - how to create, understand and enjoy music.
Did you do anything else before you became a music teacher? Wrote a book on how to make cheese, traveled the world, studied yoga and meditation - which I continue to do.
In your opinion, why do you think music education is important? Research shows that music is one of the most important elements of education. Music engages the whole being - including all parts of the brain - and makes connections. It delights and stimulates the imagination, keeps things flowing, is an avenue for self-expression, builds social skills, and strengthens self confidence. All of these help with the 'academic' subjects too. I think its value is obvious.
How has music influenced your life? It has basically been my life.
What CD is in your CD player right now? Indian music.
What are your hobbies? Cooking, my cat, learning - I love to learn!
What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician? Follow what sets your heart on fire.