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Advice From My Teacher Friends

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

A week ago, I received my first full-time music education job...

I was assigned grades 5-8 Music/Performing Arts at a charter school here in Rochester.

I was so excited for this milestone in my professional career: an unlimited amount of possibilities on what to teach.

It was all up to me and I don't think I could have been more thrilled...

Due to a multitude of reasons, however, I ultimately came to the tough decision that this school was not the correct fit for me.

Though I will continue to sub at the charter and private schools throughout the remainder of the school year, I am so grateful for the amount of encouragement and advice I received from so many of you on how to start on the right foot from day one.

Knowing that a lot of you viewers are educators, or are en route to becoming a future educator, I hope you're able to take at least one of these pointers from my network and use it for your own teaching experiences.

I've left every piece of advice listed anonymously down below. Enjoy!


" Try to leave very little dead air with them, that's when trouble happens. It's all about smooth transitions and moving from one task to the next without pause when possible. "

" Make the 'ring leader' of the group your 'personal assistant.' Find a positive way to acknowledge the bad seed. "

" Sometimes it's best to work on what students bring in. Have them reflect on it and inspire students to find out why they love and connect with this music so much. "