Job Title: Music Teacher
Education: working on BA in education
Previous Experience: actress/singer/choreographer/company manager/box office manager
Job Tasks: I teach music, performing arts, speech, cotillion and choir at a Catholic grade school. I teach grades K-8 and they rotate on a four-day rotation.
On any given day I will teach a different range of grades and classes. Performing arts encompasses grades 1-4. They work on writing, creating and performing their own puppet theatre plays, as well as learning about the different terms used in theatre. We do lots of improvisation, which is great for kids these days who spend too much time in front of a computer screen, video game screen or television set.
The fifth graders work on Cotillion all year long and culminate what they've learned in an evening with their parents. They serve them dinner and perform the various ballroom dances they've learned throughout the year.
The 6-8 grades participate in speech class. They learn to write and perform their speeches for classmates. Some of the 7th and 8th graders are also involved in an Archdiocesan speech team that competes against other schools.
In the music portion of my classes we focus more on singing and performance than on instruments. We do not have band instruments, therefore no band program. We utilize our percussion instruments and handbells on a regular basis. Some of the lower grades learn to play the recorder. They also learn music theory and do reports on famous composers. The middle school performs a musical each spring and the lower grades perform in a Christmas program.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is that I get to do what I love every day and work with lots of kids who want to learn more about the arts.
The worst part of my job is working with difficult parents and admisitrators.
Job Tips: Patience with the children and acceptance and awareness that each child is unique and has their own set of challenges and obstacles to face. Patience with fellow faculty members. Being flexible should be a requirement before getting your teaching license! Love Patience
Additional Thoughts: This field of work is not a field in which you will ever become a rich person financially. You will become rich in many other areas of your life. You need to love teaching to be happy in this field.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including: