"In order to be successful in music teaching, it is essential that the teacher utilizes the music the students bring into the classroom. In today's multi-cultural society, often that music will not be from the Western classical tradition. A large part of my professional development has come from being the music director of Westminster's Satyagraha. This group aims to combine folk music from other cultures with our own pop music in order to raise awareness about current global events. Through this unique group I have become much more familiar with music of other cultures outside of America, which will be of great use in my future classroom"