So, it has been 18 months since I last posted and A LOT has changed... let me bring you up to date.
I have resigned, after 12 years, from teaching public school music and am now a staff member at a community music school.
As the Program Manager, my staff duties include managing the programs (classes, camps, workshops, etc.) and faculty details & needs, as well as tech duties such as social media and website management. I also teach flute lessons for all ages and Musikgarten classes for newborns through 9-years old. I have been a faculty member for this music school since 2011, and I am really enjoying my new tasks and duties.
I firmly believe in music education being available to everyone. Over the past year I have worked with the Executive Director of the music school to increase financial aid assistance for families, to expand our outreach programs of low-cost and no-cost music classes & lessons for local students, and to work with faculty members to create interesting classes, camps, and workshops.
The transition has had challenges: setting up a new routine with my children, adjusting to my new schedule, and revamping our budget to fit the new income. Last year when the calendar read "August," I kept feeling that I was forgetting to do something... as any teacher can tell you, August is when we start planning for the new year of teaching. This year is not so bad, although my social media feeds are full of teacher memes ;)
Since I am a big fan of Jimmy Fallon, here is a short list of Pros and Cons of this transition:
Do you have any Pros & Cons to add to my list? Comment with them below :)
As I move forward with this blog, there will be a slight change of focus. My "classroom" now involves individual lessons and Musikgarten classes, so there will be an increase of topics in those arenas. I still have a few ideas from my time in the public school classroom to share, including my end-of-year packet for 2014, so those topics will be included.
And I promise not to wait 18 months ;)