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Yvonne Ho-Massey –
I first noticed Irina Gorin’s YouTube channel around 2018 and quickly became a follower of her channel. I started trying out Tales of a Musical Journey with a few brand new beginners the same year. As a part time teacher and a stay at home mom of two young children, attending Irina’s out of state workshops was not feasible. It wasn’t until Irina Gorin’s courses were offered online in the spring of 2020 that I fully immersed myself in the Tales of a Musical Journey 1 and 2 pedagogy courses.
The course consisted of pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, and live question and answer sessions with Irina and other teachers taking the course around the world. The lectures and meetings were recorded and available to me from Irina’s online portal through monthly subscription, which was a useful resource for review. During the course, Irina shared her teaching experiences, technique, and strategies to interact with students. This direct feedback from the author of the curriculum created a unique and insightful experience that I have been unable to obtain from other curriculum for young children. Irina and the other students also took the time to provide insightful feedback to homework assignments. In addition, monthly question and answer sessions with other teachers fostered better understanding and a sense of community that is difficult to establish with other music teachers on my own.
Irina’s teaching experience coupled with her wisdom inspires me to keep striving to become a better music educator and a better role model to my students. Most of all, music is all about camaraderie and Irina’s course opens a window of opportunity to befriend like minded teachers that support each other in a non judgmental way. I highly recommend signing up for Irina Gorin’s pedagogy courses.