Katie Traxler teaches elementary music at PS51 Elias Howe, a public school in Manhattan, NY. Read more about her musical adventures here.
Music is not an elite skill for the chosen few to master. Music belongs to everyone. I teach music so that my students will become more human… so that they will recognize beauty… so that they will have something to calm them in the night and greet them in the morning… so that they will have something to aide them in their rejoicing, grieving, and most importantly in their living. I teach music because I hope that music will do for them what it did for me.
I have been blessed with many opportunities to teach in many different capacities over the last 16 years. I was lucky to discover what I wanted to do with my life when I was very little, and have spent half my life figuring out how to be the best teacher I can be.
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac Newton
There are so many people who have guided me along the way and inspired me to devote my life’s work to education. These men and women are my giants, and I am a better person because of them.