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Interview with Angela Baddock, January 30, 2015

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:00 - Early days as a teacher

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Partial Transcript: -a performance major, and I - my teacher at the time, my private teacher at the time, recommended

Segment Synopsis: Baddock describes her path to becoming a music teacher. She talks about teaching a variety of non-music subjects when she first began her career at an elementary school. She talks about the unanticipated amount of change in lesson plans that come from the top down. She talks about how she should have asked for help from her mentors during her first year.

Keywords: Clayton State University; Harrison High School; Kennesaw, Georgia; Masters of Music Education; University of Georgia; after school program; beginning violin; elementary school; lesson planning; middle school; music education

00:03:31 - Teacher training / Staying vs leaving

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Partial Transcript: What comments or suggestions could you make regarding the quality of your teacher training?

Segment Synopsis: Baddock talks about what was helpful and what was missing from her teacher training. She talks about how the sharing of experiences and connecting with students has kept her in the career. She describes the aspects of the job that drive others away, including lack of administrative support.

Keywords: Carnegie Hall; Georgia Symphony Orchestra; Master of Music Education; University of Georgia; World War II Memorial; administration; stress; student teaching; violin

00:07:33 - Challenges for music teachers

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Partial Transcript: You touched on this already - more specifically, what have been some of the more challenging moments

Segment Synopsis: Baddock describes the challenge of school administrators misunderstanding the music program’s particular needs. She talks about the inefficiency of teacher meetings and standards that do not apply to music education. She talks about how time-consuming and difficult it is to keep up with the constant changes to paperwork and standards.

Keywords: administration; fine arts; high school; lesson plans; music education; performance-based assessment; teacher evaluation; walkthrough

00:10:57 - Rewards and optimism

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Partial Transcript: What have been some of the more rewarding moments?

Segment Synopsis: Baddock describes the pride of seeing her students master difficult pieces during big performances. She talks about a student who reached out to her during a tough time. She talks about what makes her optimistic for the future of music education as well as finding humor in strange situations.

Keywords: Carnegie Hall; London, England; Royal College of Music; St Paul’s Church; administration; evaluation

00:15:21 - Teaching style / Motivating students

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever thought about changing your career?

Segment Synopsis: Baddock talks about her lack of interest in changing careers as well as her relaxed, yet challenging style of teaching. She talks about learning patience from her uncle, who was a teacher. She talks about motivating students by asking them to imagine how it will feel after a big performance.

Keywords: high school; music education; patience

00:18:36 - Professional development / Mentorship

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Partial Transcript: You know, as a teacher, as many teachers do, we give a lot to our students

Segment Synopsis: Baddock talks about the benefit of connecting with other teachers and establishing a balance between professional life and personal life. She talks about the experience of mentoring a new teacher. She talks about learning from students who struggle with mental health issues.

Keywords: administration; conferences; mental health; professional development; professional growth; student teaching