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Alison Mayes’ Teacher Effectiveness Master List of Traits

Personal, Musical, and Professional Character Traits

An effective teacher...

Is thoughtful and reflective about teaching

Takes interest in the lives of their students

Has a desire to improve and professionally develop

Is adept at human relationships

Is the consummate musician for their students

Makes contributions to the teaching profession through leadership and service

Possesses a strong need to accomplish tasks and ability for independent thinking

Has a sense of confidence in themselves and in their profession

Maximizes the importance of developing relationships with students


Identification and Prioritization of Teaching Competencies

An effective teacher...

Knows how to develop a positive climate in the classroom in order to make it a stimulating learning environment

Demonstrates a student-centered approach to instruction

Is knowledgeable about their students and their instructional needs

Is able to adapt instruction to student needs 

Is clear about their instructional goals

Maintains an appropriate rehearsal atmosphere

Is able to diagnose individual learning needs

Is knowledgeable in content and teaching strategies

Is thoroughly prepared for class 


Instructional Skills

An effective teacher...

Clearly communicates expectations to their students

Balances rehearsal and teacher talk effectively

Programs high quality literature

Balances praise and criticism

Understands and applies knowledge of child and adolescent development to motivate and engage students

Teaches at a reasonable pace

Monitors student understanding and offers appropriate feedback

Plans a variety of activities within the class period

Integrates their instruction with other subject areas

Presents material in a clear manner within varied mediums and styles to suit different learners

Alison Mayes' Teaching Philosophies


Students must be held accountable for their own learning and individual preparation.


Grades must be a direct reflection of what the students know, what they've learned, and what they can achieve.


Given proper parameters, students must be given multiple opportunities for success on assessments for accuracy and success.


Providing reasonable opportunities for student leadership and collaboration will foster maturity and  teach adult responsibilities.


Teachers must keep students accountable for their behavior and ethics, but also foster a culture of forgiveness.


A varied array of teaching techniques must be employed to reach all learners.


For the health of individual students, whole ensembles, and the entire program, teachers must work with their students to foster a sense of community among each other and their parents.


Strong collaboration with other arts and education programs, and other inter-departmental relationships, is crucial.


Any soloists should always be students, with a few very rare exceptions.


Having class-wide guided discussions, student presentations, and short essay assignments are important to literacy in reading, math, and other subjects.


Teaching students a wide array of musical styles contributes positively to comprehensive musicianship, well-roundedness, and more interest in music as an art form.


Using technology as a helpful teaching aide and assessment tool is vital in today's educational climate.

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