Date: June 17, 2015
I am reaching out because I am at the precipice of a crazy time, and I could use some experience-driven advice! I recently graduated from college and have accepted a job at a high school starting this fall. The program has a muddled history. Word has it they were good for awhile, but due to many reasons, the program has suffered and enrollment and success is at an all-time low.
Despite the low enrollment (about 50 students in the whole program) and inexperienced singers, the feeder program has 250 students enrolled! In addition, I have a very supportive administrative staff at both the high school and middle school level. My classroom is an old band room, so I have plenty of space. Several practice rooms, a music library, an office, a storage closet/choir gown room and a computer lab. My resources are incredible!
Now, I just want to put my best foot forward! I am nervous because of my lack of experience in the classroom, and I could use some insight with respects to starting a program from scratch (essentially) and how to succeed during my first year of teaching. This could include anything from classroom management to rehearsal techniques to repertoire. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated and welcomed!
Thanks so much - I'm excited to start this new journey!
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