Music Education Grad Chosen "Top Teacher"

March 17, 2015

Sarah Horaczek '03 was recently recognized by WNYT-TV as a "Top Teacher" for her leadership of the music program at the Menands Union Free School District in Albany, New York.

Originally from Albany, Horaczek taught in New York City for four years after completing her undergraduate music education at BW, but landed a job back home in 2008. Being the only music teacher in her district, Horaczek covers everything from K-7 general music, guitar lab, piano lab, 5-8 band, 3-8 drama, and singing groups. She says her BW education prepared her for that variety. 

”I chose BW because of its comprehensive music education program that offered a breadth and variety of teaching philosophies and styles," she said. "Because BW offered such an array of methods courses, I am able to effectively teach each of these groups.”

She adds, "BW music education program put education majors in classrooms every semester so we had so much teaching experience before we ever set foot in our own classroom.”

The television report on her selection as a "Top Teacher" says students under her instruction have learned how to play all kinds of instruments, instilling them with a sense of pride in both their talents and their teacher. Horaczek believes that music classes are beneficial for everyone, offering a window of opportunity for people to learn more about themselves.