Michlig to graduate ready to "strike up the band"
PLATTEVILLE-For the past semester, UW-Platteville student, Joshua Michlig has been teaching middle and high school students how to create and appreciate music in the Lancaster School District. He worked with the students in rehearsal, direction, research and taught individual and group lessons, completing his student teaching requirement.
In May, Michlig, a native of Abbotsford, will graduate from UW-Platteville with a major in music education, ready to take a full-time position.
"I enjoy seeing students progress and get better and seeing the fun that they have doing it. The middle school kids light up. It's a neat experience," said Michlig.
Michlig had the challenge of beginning his teach experience in Lancaster in the middle of the school year. He interacted with 140 students, 80 of which were under his direction.
"Learning names has been difficult because of the shear numbers," said Michlig.
Michlig chose to attend UWP mainly because of the influence of his academic advisor, Joe Caploe. Caploe, a professor of fine arts, was described as knowledgeable and friendly by Michlig. Caploe convinced Michling that UW-Platteville was an attractive campus to attend.
While at UWP, Michlig was a member of Phi Mu Alpha and served as parliamentarian and treasurer for the group. Michlig was also involved in a variety of musical groups including the Marching Pioneers, Jazz Combo, University Singers, Singing Pioneers, symphony orchestra and Wind Ensemble just to name a few. He was often found in the recording studio, either recording his own tracks or training others on the equipment. The UWP recording studio is fully functional and self-reliant.
"[In the studio] you can go from no product to a finished product," said Michlig.
Michlig plans on pursuing a career in education teaching middle school or high school age children, staying in southern Wisconsin if possible.
"I felt that the music program at UWP prepared me very well. They provided real-world information that you can use and is applicable to students moving into a career," said Michlig. "UWP builds and prepares your for what is happening before you graduate. They aren't teaching frivolous information."