The arts are influential in my life everyday as I teach elementary music. I cannot imagine a life without music. I knew as a child that I wanted to be a music teacher and participated in many choral and instrumental activities throughout high school. I declared my major freshman year of college and have now taught 19 years (four years as a K-12 music educator and 15 teaching K-5). What other subject teaches math, science, history, and reading while teaching technique and expression? My most proud moments are seeing the influence music has on students through the years and the pride it instills in them.