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Career Story: Music Teacher At A Catholic Grade School

Music Teacher At A Catholic Grade School

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.

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