Re: HS to College?
Posted by fourtofive on 3/26/2021, 7:56 am, in reply to "HS to College?"
I currently teach at the college level after having taught in Texas high schools for several years. Here's what I know: |
1) We are currently doing a search at our school, for an entry level teaching position. If you didn't have a DMA or PhD, you didn't make it to the short list. College jobs are few and far between (especially good jobs).
2) The pay at the college level is not great. No stipend, you get paid what the university says you'll get paid. For reference, I've been teaching at a major university for 4 years, and am still 18k less than my last director of bands job in Texas.
3) The schedule is GREAT for me. I love having the freedom to leave campus when I need (to go do a clinic, or run a quick errand) without having to sign in/sign out. The academic freedom is also nice, I can teach my group how I best see fit.
4) Not having competitions is nice. It is a mindset shift for many people, though. I love being able to work towards the highest levels of artistry with my groups.
5) Working with college age students is my favorite part. I feel like I can relate to them easily, and compare past experiences.
6) Travel with college age students is awesome. They don't make the bus, it's their own problem to fix, not mine.
7) What other skills do you have that you can bring to the position. It's rare these days to only teach band in a university situation. Can you teach theory/music appreciation/applied lessons (at a high level?
8) No parents...in fact, you can't talk to them because of FERPA law.
I'm sure I'll think of more things, but I will end with this. I LOVE my job right now, and it doesn't have HALF of the stress of teaching at a big HS in Texas. The income doesn't phase me at all.