Music has the power to transform us. Whether it be the thrashing of guitars, the celebratory horns of mirachi or the gentle humming of a loved one, all people are familiar with music in some form. Even the pitter-patter of falling rain is considered music by some. And perhaps, it is the endless, intricate ways in which, Ms. Sujata Dash, music teacher at Mount Litera Zee School, finds her way into the lives of her students and has continued to influence them through music.
For her ceaseless efforts in instilling the essence of music, since the last five years, we asked Ms. Sujata Dash, what she had to say about Mount Litera Zee School, HSR Extension:-
1. Why did you choose teaching as a career?
Ans: I chose teaching as a career because it is the platform through which I can implement my ideas and thoughts among the children. It provides me an opportunity to work with people and make a difference in their lives. We, as teachers, have the power to inspire and motivate children to become what they love to become.
2. Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?
Ans: My journey with MLZS started on 4th July 2011. I remember walking into the campus listening to the melodious and spirited rendition of the "National Anthem" at the morning assembly. The spirit of the song evoked a sense of responsibility in me and has been motivating me ever since.
3. What do you like about MLZS?
Ans: MLZS is one of the best CBSE Schools in Bangalore. This school provides all kinds of activities like Sports, Yoga, Music, Art & Craft, Dance etc. The academic curriculum is taught very creatively here. The classrooms are very interesting with teacher-driven facilitations, audio-visuals and activities catering to all kinds of learners, which help children comprehend the subjects/topics. Teachers, here, are very friendly and co-operative. I am extremely proud to be a part of this Samsidh MLZS family, which has played a vital role in sculpting me as a 21st century teacher.
4. What are the changes that you have brought into a child?
Ans: Being a music teacher at this Institution, I help impart the knowledge of Hindustani vocal music and have taught various genres of songs to all classes. I am aware that music helps students relax their mind and improve their memory power and become invigorated so that they can tackle any work. I’m glad that I play a role in this process.
5. Why is MLZS better than the other schools?
Ans: Samsidh MLZS is better than other schools because we offer a comprehensive and holistic education to students. The students are not judged merely on the grades that they score in various subjects. The academic and co-curricular activities are designed in such a way that children develop life-skills and learn how to collaborate, communicate and co-operate to work as a team. The value system, which they inculcate within the school, is second to none. The friendly atmosphere of the school, the camaraderie among the staff, allows me to a member of this big family.
6. What are the achievements in your teaching career?
Ans: The school has provided me with ample opportunities to hone my skills in teaching music formally, by allowing me to attend various external workshops like SUBLIME, TFAI etc. These workshops have empowered me to improve my style in teaching music. Also, I also had the chance of becoming an External Examiner of Gandharv University, for Classical examinations.
7. How long do you wish to work for this school?
Ans: I wish to be an integral part of this family forever. I cannot envisage myself going anywhere else. Who likes leaving home?
8. What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?
Ans: We are the facilitators and mentors, rather than teachers. The adage of a teacher being the “Friend, Philosopher and Guide” holds true for each and every teacher at Samsidh MLZS.
9. If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?
10. Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?
She concluded in the words of Robert Frost - “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep,” and wishes the best for the school and the students to reach their true potential. We thank Ms. Sujata Dash for her relentless endeavours in creating a magical world for her students through music.