Facetious Firecracker

There are some stereotypes about music teachers in this country and for some reason, they’ve been getting to me lately. Generally, I avoid discussing my career on here because honestly, I have a great job. I get to play games, teach kids how to create music, and I get most of the summers off. You won’t hear me complaining about the pay (except in jest) and frankly, there aren’t many music jobs out there. My district has brand new, state of the art buildings with SMART boards in every room. I am NOT intending to write this post about my specific job, just the general problems that any music teacher can appreciate. Now, with that being said, here I go….

1. We get really tired of people thinking that our job is nothing but fun and games.

I was once asked, “Are you a real teacher or just a music teacher?” Questions…

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  1. Thank you so much for the flattering reblog! I just read your post about the use of Twitter for professional development. I hadn’t ever thought of it that way. Nice blog!

    Posted by Facetious Firecracker | July 7, 2012, 11:12 am
    • You are welcome. I thought your post was awesome and so true. I’m a former music teacher that is now teaching English as a Second Language. I completely relate to your blog post and had to re-blog it. I hope it gets you traffic too because it was an awesome post. I had those thoughts when I taught music. Music teaching is the hardest job. Most people think it is a breeze. Other teachers get down time to sit, relax plan, etc. When you teach music you are on show literally for the entire work day with little down time. What most other teachers don’t understand or realize is that when you teach music you have to be extra energetic, moving around the classroom, very active and not stopping for hour after hour. They don’t realize that you have to be really active and overly energetic to get more out of your students. Students perform music better when you are very energetic. It is rewarding but very exhausting. Most people think it is an easy job that doesn’t require much expertise which is completely the opposite from what it really entails. Thanks for writing a post with honesty and clarity.

      Posted by adaptivelearnin | July 7, 2012, 1:18 pm

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