Re: This is a new one on me
Posted by BDSO on 6/12/2018, 8:53 am, in reply to "This is a new one on me"
Yes. Twice. In the same year. 18 years ago I was looking to move from a one-man-show gig to an assistant position. |
The first one involved teaching choir (MS and HS) and MS music appreciation. Turns out I would only be "teaching" three sections of band (beginner high brass, assisting with the 2nd MS band, and assisting with the HS band). I passed. The head director called again and took away the music appreciation class and added assisting the top band. I declined. He then called back and raised the stipend by $1,000. I declined again and told him that the hang up was choir. He couldn't take that off the table as there was no one else to teach it.
The second was actually a bidding war between two schools. I initially declined one, but before I could accept the other (hadn't "officially" been offered it yet) The director came back with a different offer. A larger stipend, no HS music history, and no color guard (I don't do color guard). I told him to let me think about it. The second offer came in and it was more money and only band duties. Well, apparently the two directors knew each other well and were "frenemies" (that term wasn't even around back then). They both found out through the music store road man that I had applied at both places and that the other director was trying to get me. The price money and the conditions kept improving. In the end I took the job at the second school. The pay was about the same, but the drive was shorter and I seemed to click with the director better. I stayed for six years and would probably be there still if I had not wanted to venture off on my own.