UGA Libraries Logo

Interview with Bo Na, May 2013

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
Toggle Index/Transcript View Switch.
Search this Index
00:00:16 - Early days as a teacher

Play segment

Partial Transcript: First of all I’d like to start by asking you: when and why did you become a music teacher?

Segment Synopsis: Na talks about finding her interest in becoming a music teacher from giving private lessons to children. She talks about being nervous during her first day as well as the many aspects of the job she had not anticipated. She talks about how seeking advice from other teachers and being more consistent would have helped her during her first year. She describes the strengths and weaknesses of her teacher training.

Keywords: B.M. Music Performance; Bachelor of Music; Dr. Skip Taylor; M.M. Music Performance; Master of Music; North Gwinnett Middle School; UGA; University of Georgia; cello; classroom management; early education; fundraising; lesson plans; music education; orchestras; private lessons; public schools; string orchestra; teacher certification

00:04:26 - Highs and lows of teaching

Play segment

Partial Transcript: And this is what year of teaching for you?

Segment Synopsis: Na talks about the enjoyment she gets from teaching as well as the frustrations that cause others to leave the profession. She talks about the pride of seeing students meet high expectations and the challenge of finding a good work-life balance. She talks about the humor of middle schoolers and her disinterest in other careers.

Keywords: lesson plans; middle school; music education; teacher evaluation; work-life balance

00:08:00 - Motivating students / learning and improving

Play segment

Partial Transcript: How would your students describe your teaching style?

Segment Synopsis: Na describes her fun and enthusiastic style of teaching. She talks about a teacher whose excitement for music made her feel more invested, as well as a tough calculus teacher who was always willing to help her after class. She talks about motivating students by playing professional recordings of the music they are learning so that they know what their goal is. She talks about mentoring a fellow teacher as well being inspired by the high level of effort from a student with leukemia. She talks about improving as a teacher by attending professional development events and continuing to learn.

Keywords: AP calculus; clinics; conferences; fundamentals; high school; leukemia; mentorship; middle school; motivating students; music education; professional development; professional recordings