Michael Lambton '17 Graduate
Major: Music Education, Vocal
1. What did you like most about the Education Program?
I enjoyed the Performance Learning opportunities within my major. I was able to receive field experience within my major by teaching a class within the Decatur Public Schools.
2. What was your favorite moment in an internship experience?
My favorite moment would have to be during my third or fourth week into my student teaching. I took over the classroom from my cooperating teacher, as I was teaching, my students were joking about how they call my cooperating teacher "dad" and how he was a fatherly figure in the class. After the lesson, my students were trying to get my attention, and did so by calling me "step-dad" repeatedly.
3. What was your favorite education course and why was it special to you?
Vocal Pedagogy Practicum taught by Ricardo Sepulveda and Andrea Pope. I was able to work with students in a studio and experiment with different techniques to better my teaching abilities. I was able to get in depth instruction through by Professor Sepulveda. I gained so much knowledge in how I approach vocal technique.
4. Are there any other exciting memories or experiences you would like to share to future students?
The music program is filled with so many opportunities. It allows you to grow vocally, and as a performer. When I first came in, my voice was no where close to where I wanted it to be. Through my years of vocal training, I was able to do things, such as performing in Masterclasses by renowned performers Janice Chandler-Eteme (Porgy and Bess) and Christine Brewer (International Opera performer and Grammy Award Winner), or traveling to Spain with the University Choir. Utilize the resources that are given to you as much as you can and the outcome will be extraordinary.
5. What advice would you give incoming education students at Millikin?
Don't be afraid to take risks and try new things. Join a club, join a fraternity/sorority, do something that will push yourself. College is about finding yourself, and trust me, you won't be able to find yourself if you're in your room all day, watching Netflix. You will meet so many lifelong friends that will make your Millikin experience all the better.
6. Have you accepted employment?
Currently no, but I am applying and interviewing for a number of high school choir jobs both in and out of state.