During the fall of 2015, sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program and on a sabbatical leave from NIU, I had the immense pleasure of teaching at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. An incredible time with wonderful, hardworking, fun-loving students, this experience made me realize just how similar a “musical culture” in one school of music can be to another. The daily concerns of faculty, of students, are much the same as they are at NIU. Just the surrounding culture differs immensely. I am extremely grateful to my friend and colleague, Fernando Rocha, whose invitation allowed me this transformative experience.