Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:16 am
What a week! Last Monday was SUPER stressful for me and a few other education majors who are fortunate enough to be on the graduation list this year. Things were bustling that evening in the side room of the cafeteria as we were all nervously awaiting our "doom" — aka, the speeches we were required to give at the Education Days banquet happening that day. All of us, myself included, were worried to death about everything. Making sure we said the right things, not too much, not too little. Tables were all set up with various pirate-themed decorations, and everything seemed to be ready. Right before the thing started, we were all huddled up in groups, stressing. "Wait. ... What? It's all over? That wasn't so bad after all!" is what we all had going through our heads as soon as the final musical number was done.
The next day was also rather daunting as we were all required to go meet everyone that we spoke in front of the previous night (PUC officials, conference members, principals, etc.) in order to get our names out there for jobs. Well, like the previous night, this went by REALLY fast. Each of the different conferences and principals had something for us if we went to their booth. We walked out of there with our arms full of trinkets, pens, packets of info, and even a Giugni's gift certificate from one conference. Everyone, myself included, felt extremely positive about how the whole thing went.
Seeing all those people and giving them our resumes made some of us very anxious about getting jobs. What to do? I mean, honestly, how many jobs are there going to be open for me, a music teacher? Constantly throughout life, but especially now, we need to remember why we chose the profession we are pursuing. Some may have preconceived ideas about music majors. I've heard it all. "Music is the easiest major!" (Which, by the way, could not be further from the truth. Music ed takes longer than the regular four-year program.) Could it be, as others have said, that I chose music education because my entire family chose music education? No. I chose music because I felt called by God to do it. I want to share with my students the passion I have for music; but most of all, I want to teach them about the creator of music, and how we can be witnesses for Him through our music in this world.
Super-Senior/ Music Education, emphasis in voice
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