1. MS kids grasp things a lot slower. They don’t already know most things like HS kids do. Are you patient and prepared to handle that without flipping a lid?
2. You will have classes back to back all day. Hardly any breaks. 30 min lunch. Duty. Some HS staff have fluid schedules. Are you ready for that kind of schedule?
3. Beginners. You will be THE beginner instructor. You will need to teach more than your “main instrument” depending on what other teachers are around. You may need to teach all WW’s, all Brass, or even percussion and WW’s or brass Are you comfortable with that and willing to do it?
4. Admin is all over you all the time. You actually get a lot of walkthroughs unlike at most HS’s.
5. Lesson planning. If you don’t, the kids will eat you up.
Those are just some things to consider. Good luck!
I did it 7 years ago after 25 years HS head. Some ways it good but you need to make sure you can work with the HS staff. It's been a challenge to say the least. I don't miss dealing with some of the HS issues but miss so of the HS activities and process as well
I actually attempted this about 5 years ago, I ended up at a high school because it was an awesome opportunity and it was a great fit for me and my family.
With the interviews, I was really honest why I was looking for a JH gig. Everyone I interviewed with was really receptive to my honesty and it did not prevent me from getting an honest look for those jobs.
Be careful for what you wish. After 21 years as head director I thought I would enjoy middle school but I was wrong wrong wrong. Advice for interviews I have none. My advice is to look for another head job.