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Music Education

Rachel Manchur

“Music education at Lake Forest College is 50 percent dedication, 50 percent love of music, and 50 percent passion for teaching, BUT you must always give 150 percent. We have fantastic professors that gives you individual attention on the subject and will support you no matter what!”

How did you choose your area of study?

Music education chose me. I always had a passion for music ever since I was young, and I always had a passion for teaching. I never thought to put the two passions together until my senior year of high school. I knew I wanted to do something with music, and I always knew there was a teacher side to me that I never really shined a light on. 

Once I started leading my own club, I was basically a teacher. From making mini lesson plans to running the meetings to recruitment, that’s when I realized this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. My love for learning never ceases. Ever since kindergarten, I have loved school. Once I had my epiphany, everything fell into place. I could not have pictured a better match for me than music education.

What do you think of the faculty?

The music faculty at Lake Forest College are absolutely incredible. It is like a family. When I walk into Reid Hall, I feel a sense of warmth (literally and figuratively), but more importantly, a sense of home. I walk up the stairs and see Kathi Siebert smiling at me, then walk down the hall and see faculty’s doors open, unless they are teaching. 

Everyone is so welcoming and incredibly intelligent. I could have a conversation with any of them about anything and not feel uncomfortable at all. They are a great group of people that are fantastic role models for all music students.

More information to share?

Music education is not all rainbows and smiles. It is hard work, but it is the most rewarding hard work I have experienced and I love every minute of it. Although times may be tough, I am not working through this curriculum alone. The faculty members are there to help me each step of the way, especially Professor Scott Edgar!

Even though things may feel incredibly overwhelming, I never have had the thought of giving up this career path. This is what I love. Many people tell me to change my major and that I should not be a teacher, but I tell them that there is no way I am switching anything. I am right where I belong, and this is where I will stay.