"2. Teach Orchestra. There is a huge and growing issue of a shortage of orchestra teachers in the State. There are programs offered during the summer to help band directors on the tract to become an orchestra teacher. As for time - while there still are requirements, I don't know of very many orchestra directors (there are always exceptions) that put in nearly the hours of band directors."
This is what I am interested in doing, but I would like to know which summer programs for orchestra you are referring. I've got a little string experience (I can play through the Essential Elements Book 1 on violin), but I want to know more about orchestra pedogeological techniques. I've only got seven more years after this one before my "magic number", but I would like to keep teaching if I can find a lower stress situation. Orchestra seems like that kind of gig.
Just a thought - if you still love teaching students, then maybe a change in venue is what you need.
1. Teach beginners or MS Band. Still time, but not nearly the responsibilities of HS Bands.
2. Teach Orchestra. There is a huge and growing issue of a shortage of orchestra teachers in the State. There are programs offered during the summer to help band directors on the tract to become an orchestra teacher. As for time - while there still are requirements, I don't know of very many orchestra directors (there are always exceptions) that put in nearly the hours of band directors.
Like I said just a thought. I truly believe we almost all have similar concerns at some point in our career- and just wanted to share two options that will allow you to keep teaching and also stay in TRS.
Best of luck!
Well, Yellowboarders, I'm in the same position many other posters have found themselves in. I'm just not sure this profession is right for me anymore.
There's obviously a confluence of factors (it's never only one thing), but the biggest driver (among others) is time. I'm just not sure I want to do the gauntlet of contests/travel/football/sectionals, etc. anymore. I'm only getting older and I haven't really had time for anyone I care about this season.
Even if it means being a pencil pusher or something, I'm fantasizing about a 40 hour work week and what that feels like.
Yes, I still love my students. That's my biggest hangup. Like with most of you, I think they're absolutely the best part of the job. I would be heartbroken to leave them, but I'm just not sure I can sustain this over a career.
My main question is - what are the avenues? I read every post like this that comes up and people start talking about realty and insurance. I desperately don't want to do either.
Everyone also says the skills we've garnered as teachers, as organizers for large groups, are marketable. Is there somewhere particular I should be exploring that my experience could at least get me in the door?
Sorry for the long post. Just feeling at a loss right now. Thanks for taking the time to read this.