To make a short story long, I left my previous career about 10 years ago to care for my children full-time. Next year I am very excited to be starting a beginning band at my children's K-8 parochial school. I have a ton of questions about that, but have some great resources to help out with the challenges of starting a band.
My question for today involves what comes next. I would like to have the opportunity to direct a high school band down the road, and am curious about your priorities when hiring an assistant.
Though my first love in music, my degrees are in math, and earning a second degree in music education would likely require a couple of years in school full-time during which I would have to give up my new band. On the other hand, an alternative licensure is available to those who take 24 hours of coursework in the teaching subject and commit to teach in public schools for a period of time.
So, other factors being equal, would you be more inclined to hire a candidate with a music ed degree and little experience in front of an ensemble or one with a degree in a different subject but who has spent a few years directing ensembles?
At a certain point I expect that an M.M. will be helpful/necessary anyway, but I'm just looking for the best path to get to that point. Thank you all for your help and for the great experience that you give our kids!