Sharyn Absher

Sharyn Absher is currently pursuing a music teaching credential and a Masters in Music Education at Arizona State University. When Absher was in middle school, the band room was her refuge from a traumatic home life. The art of becoming a musician, along with the friendships she developed in band helped her through the worst times. Her mission is to pay that experience forward to following generations so that students can find a home and/or an outlet in her band room. At California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) she was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the School of Arts and Humanities, a top honor for a student who has not only excelled academically, but has overcome adversity and showed leadership qualities that have impacted the community. One of her accomplishments was founding the CSUB Instrumental Club, an organization that promotes all aspects of instrumental music education, and since has developed into CSUB’s first National Association for Music Education chapter. Absher is determined to become a quality educator and to collaborate with peers and colleagues who share the same goal.

Here are some of the questions Sharyn Absher answered for us:
How did your experiences at CSUB help you find your first position after graduation?

The CSUB music department has strong educators with a variety of talents and professional backgrounds. Having small classes helps the professors move quickly through subject matter and gives students time to practice teaching in front of their peers before entering the profession.

I was able to develop professional student-mentor relationships with the faculty and they were able to see my progress and professional development. My mentors in the music department have helped me get into graduate school and my first teaching position by writing personable recommendation letters that truly reflect who I am and what my talents are as a music educator.

What career advice would you give our students?

Your career starts during your education. The choices you make as an undergrad will follow you into your first position. Work hard on your undergraduate degree and get to know your professors. Your transcripts reflect your work ethic and you want to have some recommendation letters that are not generic, but represent you.

What do you attribute your success to?

God, my husband Michael, my friends, and my professors have helped me be successful. The support I have from them in my career path has pushed me to be my best.

Where do you expect to be in five years both personally and professionally?

In five years I hope to be back in Bakersfield, teaching band and giving back to the community that made me who I am today.