Allison Hesse

Wartburg had everything I wanted in a college

NAME: Allison Hesse 

CLASS YEAR: 2018

HOMETOWN: Janesville 

MAJOR: Music education

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS:  Symphonic Band, student brass quintet, Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, and National Association for Music Educators

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I chose Wartburg to continue to be close to my family, to attend a small school, and to grow in my faith at a Lutheran-affiliated institution. This experience was so worth it because it provided me with all I looked for in higher education and has already helped me secure a job!

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO MAJOR IN MUSIC EDUCATION: Music and teaching were my two greatest passions all my life. I wasn’t willing to abandon either one, so I decided to choose a major that allowed me to pursue both.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be teaching elementary music, fifth-grade band, and coaching seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball in the Maquoketa Valley School District in Delhi. 

DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH: The main research project I did was a lesson I completed in my last field experience and then completed again in student teaching with the same grade level. It was a way to see if my teaching improved and how to compare testing scores in an urban and rural setting.

WHAT WAS YOUR STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE LIKE: I experienced both rural and urban schools, private and public, elementary music and 5-12 band. Both schools offered me the opportunity to foster student growth (and my own personal growth) as well as teach with my own teaching and the teachers treated me like a colleague. They valued my ideas and even took those ideas into consideration for a school-wide implementation for the elementary school. 

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: My favorite course was definitely Elementary Music Methods. It was the class that led me down the music education path I am on now. I thought I wanted to teach band, but realized my true calling after observing elementary music teachers in the area.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: The most difficult classes were definitely all the music history classes, not because the material was harder to learn, but because the path to my future career was never directly related to that class. I did find a larger appreciation and love for a wider variety of music, though.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never imagined that I would be able to give a senior recital with 30 minutes of music to play.