Rebecca Kantor

Rebecca Kantor

Email: rkantor@ithaca.edu
From: Hopewell Junction, NY (Hudson Valley)
Class of 2022
Major: Voice Music Education

What clubs/organizations you are involved in on campus?

  • Member of Mu Phi Epsilon (Lambda Chapter), the School of Music’s co-ed professional music fraternity.
  • Secretary for Ithaca College’s chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), and I have been a member since my first year!
  • Public Relations Committee for the Mental Health Awareness for Musician's Association (MHAMA). My role is assisting with our social media outreach.
  • I was also a member of IC Tap Club, one of IC’s non-auditioned dance groups.

Have you been engaged in research, internship opportunities, student teaching, or conferences? 

As part of my major, one of my third-year classes is Junior Student Teaching, where we have the opportunity to teach our own music lessons to younger students at different schools! Our assigned mentor gives feedback on our own written lesson plans and their observations of our teaching, so the students get the most out of their learning, and we get the most out of our teaching. I will have the opportunity to do Senior Student Teaching at a designated high school for seven weeks.

As part of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), I’ve been able to travel to music conferences! From Rochester, NY to Kansas City, Missouri, I’ve learned from a variety of different people on many topics of music. Learning from other music/choral educators has grown my passion for music, and I’ll be taking my knowledge from these conferences with me as a future music educator.

Why did you choose Ithaca College?

 Going through my college search and audition process, I was searching for a great music education program that I could see myself in. Other than that, I wasn’t quite sure what else I wanted out of a college. When I came to the Ithaca campus to audition, to this day I remember how helpful and friendly the current students were; that stood out to me more than I realized. Being in a community where I felt welcome even before auditioning was a big reason I chose IC. Touring campus also helped me realize that a medium-sized school, with an abundant off-campus area, was just right for me!

Is there anything else you would want to share with a prospective student?

Take advantage of each school's resources for prospective students!
It’s alright to not know what you want out of a college right away. It helps to do research on different schools, and I believe with time, you’ll know where you want to be.