Music Educators

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Fluffy615, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Fluffy615

    Fluffy615 Piano User

    Nov 30, 2006
    New Jersey
    I'm sitting at my computer in school wondering how many TM members are, or were, full time music educators like me. How many of us have shared the ups and downs of being music teachers? I'm in my 26th year of teaching. I've done elementary school general music, 14 years as a high school band director where I did marching band, jazz band and school musicals. I'm now teaching grade 4-6 instrumental music in 2 schools. Both of my Holiday programs are done and I'm looking forward to the small vacation coming up. What about the rest of you? Merry Christmas all.
  2. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Clarksville, Tennessee, U
    I am in a very similar place in life. I didn't teach after college. I student taught in a St. Louis city school in '77. After that I said, "no way, not me. I'll go to jail for slugging a kid". So I played in R & B bands and waited tables and learned instrument repair, and generally bummed around for a few years. Then I got married and went back to school for my masters +. Now I've been teaching 26 years. 7 years at a K-12 where I taught all music-- K-6 general music, beginner band, 7-8th grade band, high school band, marching band, jazz band, pep band, high school chorus (zoo choir). Now I teach middle school band. I love it. 6 periods of band. An after school select band and an after school jazz band, just because I want to do it. Great kids, great parents. I don't think I'll ever want to retire.
  3. terrytuner

    terrytuner Pianissimo User

    Sep 23, 2010
    Majored in chemistry in undergraduate school. Enjoyed music so much that I managed to acquire minor in music. Later completed BA music requirements. Worked in chemistry till I retired a few years ago. Along the way in the world of work, I picked up a MS. Since I retired I've not washed a test tube, collected a sample or wrote a report. I have resumed playing, assisted with a middle school band (no pay), played with a community band and practiced a lot. Probably can tell where my interst have resided. However, I do know a lot of people in music education who are as burned as I was in science. Strangely, I have maintained a lot of technical contacts on a personal basis.
  4. dlewis

    dlewis Piano User

    Nov 22, 2006
    I have been a Middle School and and orchestra director for 38 years:thumbsup:
  5. miles71

    miles71 Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 8, 2004
    In my 14th year as a HS Band Director.

  6. Sterling

    Sterling Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 22, 2007
    Marcellus, NY
    I've bee a band director since 1980. I've taught at all levels and am now teaching fifth, sixth, and seventh grade bands. Gotta love teaching!
  7. Equiner

    Equiner New Friend

    Jul 15, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    Hi everyone,

    I'm in my 21st year of teaching instrumental music, the last ten teaching high school. Along the way I have had to teach various other subjects to fill out my schedule including math, social studies and health classes. About 7 years in, I wanted out of teaching badly. At that point I loved music too much to try and teach it. Needless to say I managed to get through and now really love what I do. I have a wonderful and supportive school administration, amazing parent involvement and support and generally, great kids to work with.

    What helped me get through those tough times more than anything was the realization that my primary role is teaching kids. I'm just fortunate enough to be able to do it through music. Our program certainly has an ample share of "hardware" in display cases but that really isn't what is most important. My goal is to teach kids to love and value the arts and make it a life-long approach to living on some level.

    So... having 'bared my soul' to a certain degree, why do you all teach music?

    Seasons greetings!

  8. keehun

    keehun Piano User

    Feb 4, 2010
    I am a high school student in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and I've been trying to set up my future in Music Education. I've been doing Post-Secondary work at the University of Minnesota taking theory and ear training, I'm also a huge music history nerd, and getting lessons with Dr. David Baldwin and the UMN Trumpet Choir.

    I've also been directing my Wind Ensemble once or twice a week in a piece I will be conducting in concert in Mid-January (Air for Band by Frank Erickson) and I'm in Minnesota Youth Symphonies and all that stuff.

    My real passion isn't in playing but in teaching/mentoring/leading. I volunteer on Thursdays for many hours to help out the huge Somali population here who are enrolled in a program through the local church to get homework help and mentorship. I just love to help out people in general, and I (for now) know that Music Education is what I want to do.

    I have been/am so fortunate and so lucky to be mentored by people like Manny & Claudette Laureano, Dr. David Baldwin, Craig Kirchhoff, Dr. Liz Jackson, and I intend to become the best I can be in Music Education...

    My only hope is that I don't get burnt out.

    Well, I am so fortunate to be in a community of veteran music educators!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. guitarsrmine

    guitarsrmine Piano User

    Dec 29, 2008
    Franklin, Pa
    When I was a senior in high school, I got a personal invite to attend the local college to be part of the trumpet program, as my reputation was very good in this part of Pa. But, like a dumb-ass, I chose to decline and enter in to the rock and roll field,playing guitar, not trumpet.What a huge mistake!! Ive been beating myself up for 32 years because I made a STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOpid mistake!! I'd give a vital organ to be a high school band director!!! Anyone reading this that may be a high school student debating on your future-GO TO COLLEGE!!!!! Ive regretted my bad choice everyday for 32 years!:-(

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