Friday Afternoon OpporTUNEity® Student Reflection: Katelyn Sable
Katelyn Sable, Junior, Music Therapy
If three years ago you were to ask me where I imagined myself to be at Anna Maria College, I would have never guessed I would be teaching a Creative Expressions course to groups of students from the Worcester Public Schools. I would have never guessed that I would be working with my classmates to create a curriculum that we would implement in our own classroom setting. More importantly, I would have never guessed that OpporTUNEity® would become one of the most impactful and important programs I have ever been a part of.
When this program first started at Anna Maria College, I remember feeling nothing but enthusiastic to be a part of something that would give me the ability to share my ideas of goals and activities for these groups of students that we would be teaching over the course of a school year. When Dr. Martiros first described the course that two classmates and I would be teaching, we immediately fell in love with the idea of forming a safe environment for our students to be expressive and open to the idea of creativity. While we didn’t have courses to teach us how to form lesson plans or structure classes (Music Therapy majors here), we knew what we wanted our students to be able to accomplish by the end of the year, and we made it our priority to analyze where they were and guide them to where we imagined they could be.
Once a week I am able to apply what I have learned in my Music Therapy courses to what we want to teach to our students. We help guide them to think creatively by writing songs together, drawing how songs make us feel, dancing to songs to get the feeling of music in our bodies, guiding drum circles to create a sense of community and much more. Even though I am a Music Therapy major, there are passions I have that lie outside of a Music Therapy setting, and this program has given me the opportunity to expand, cultivate, and refine those passions.
Looking back on the first year of OpporTUNEity® at Anna Maria College, I think about where our students started and compare that to where they are now. I see students who first came here as shy, hesitant, nervous, embarrassed or scared to be creative, but compare them now to the students they’ve become who are the first to give suggestions, be open about what activities we ask them to do, start off drum circles, and make strong creative choices. Seeing how the students have changed to become more independently creative through music has inspired me to want to continue to find new ways to encourage that growth in creativity for them and other students. I am nothing but grateful for the experiences that OpporTUNEity® and Dr. Martiros have given to me, and I am excited to see what the future holds for this program at Anna Maria College.