Re: Is it normal
Posted by So listen... on 2/1/2020, 8:00 am, in reply to "Is it normal"
1) Head directors typically have at least 10-15 years more experience than their brand new assistants. Look at a district pay scale where you would like to work and figure that out. Every $1000 equates to about $40 more per paycheck. |
2) The head director stipends will be more, as they should be. You wonít be in charge of budgets or a myriad of other things assigned to a management position. This isnít a bad thing. You donít get to graduate and be the boss. And as someone who was an assistant for 15 years, there are many days you donít want to be. A good head director will shield you from a ton of crazy, sometimes crazy you create because you are new to teaching. This is normal.
3) If you work at a middle school all directors work their hurts off ALL DAY LONG. You will blink and the day will be over, and you will be exhausted. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a not so good way.
4) High school is different. It just is. No high school has enough classes where all the directors teach every class period. Most donít have the facilities. I have found that as a high school director I do more teaching after and before school that during the day. We do our bands, go help at the JH, and then sectionals after school for an hour or two. The head director at a high school often gets more days than the assistants, and the difference in stipend is proportionally larger than that at the JH level. Many have a 225 contract, which adds a LOT of extra salary. Itís their high daily rate times however many extra days they get. Thatís where the big difference is. But they have to be at work M-Th every week of the summer, while you get to enjoy a well-deserved break.
You would be shocked at how much extra paperwork and email-type stuff happens to the head at a high school. Itís one of the things most people donít want as they work their way into those positions.
5) A good head director will realize they get paid more money and get more days and try to work schedules to where the assistants can take off early, rotate duties, etc. there are head directors who show up for their class and do little else. Thatís why you need to do your research before you even apply for those jobs.
6) Yes, you will teach the lower ability kids, weakest players, etc. Thatís how ability-based bands work. Do that for a while and you understand how kids will mess up, how to fix them, and how to anticipate problems before they happen. You will learn how to plan rehearsals so that they are so efficient you can have the kids play music that might seem to be above what should be expected of they age and experience. Thatís how teaching works. If you work your butt off in college and be smart about where you work and who you work for you will be fine. But it is a lot of work. Being a musician is a lot of work. Hard work isnít bad. The hard work you do for and with your kids is absolutely worth it.
7) If you base your future life on what you donít get, what you donít earn, and what other people get/do then this profession might not be for you. And that probably applies to every profession. Entry-level engineers certainly donít earn what the CEO does, and for good reason. If you are already a music major then you should know how demanding this field is. If you expect brand new teachers to earn as much as people with 15-20 years experience then there are some life lessons you havenít been taught. You REALLY need to talk to the directors or any of the applied faculty at your college and ask them about the real world. Seriously. They have a lot of experience that you need to know about. They are the ones who will guide you towards good districts to work in, because they probably know the head directors in those districts.
8) Bottom line is if you enjoy music then you DEFINITELY need to keep doing it. I would NEVER teach another subject. I stay on my end of the building and thank the good Lord I am a band director. Band kids are awesome and we really do teach the best and nicest kids. You would be appalled if you saw what happens in a normal science, math, English, etc. classroom these days.
9) Good luck, and get back in that practice room. Take lessons on instruments other than your primary, because you will absolutely have to teach instruments other than your primary. As a college kid/new teacher go to TBA over TMEA if you have to choose one. Thatís my $.02. I have spoken.
Is it normal for the lower directors to teach more classes, teach most of the entire program of students, has the most troubled kids, weakest players, and get paid 20000 to 30000 less than colleagues?
Wondering if I should change majors?