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Shall I even bother training?

Discussion in 'Music' started by sparklychar, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. sparklychar

    sparklychar New commenter


    So, I'm 22, about to graduate from a Russell Group Uni in Music, with aspirations of Music College in the future, but for the interim need to work!
    I've always wanted to teach music, privately at least, and have lots of experience working with kids and music etc, and do find the work stimulating and enjoyable (for the most part!)
    I have been offered a Secondary Music GTP interview... but part of me wonders if it will essentially lead to an obsolete qualification?
    Music teacher friends around me are having to re-interview for their jobs, others to drop to part time hours...
    Is there any point in terms of career prospect and being able to build a future financially? Or should I focus on my other applications into business, HR and accountancy?!

    All opinions welcome.
  2. focus on your other options imho

    I don't like the fact you imply music teaching is just for the interim.....

    Apologies if I have read that wrongly. It just seems as if its a second best option to you and you don't see much point in the PGCE.
  3. sparklychar

    sparklychar New commenter

    It's only part of what I want to make part of my career of... I'm just saying, with the EB coming in, are there going to be any jobs for qualified Music teachers?
  4. Of course there will be jobs for qualified music teachers. Anyway, no profession promises a job for life any more. Being a school teacher is very humbling and is the best job there is. If you like children, music and teaching, get qualified. You will learn to teach properly and gain useful experience as well as transferable skills. In my opinion, you will be a wiser and more interesting person.
  5. Salary isn't everything granted but management posts can become expendable rapidly if it's a choice between a highly paid strategist/monitor and someone actually in the classroom in front of the children delivering the operational necessities.
    In our last round of cuts somehow a Head of Faculty was identified for compulsory redundancy... tends to temper ambition? At least (at the moment) most schools seem to need a Head of Music?
  6. Definitely stick with the accountancy. I used to do accountancy and I quit to teach music. It's been ridiculous so I've quit and I'm going back into accountancy for a huge number of reasons. If you want to chat more directly aboutit, feel free to email me. DEFINITELY stick with accountancy! FOR ABOUT A THOUSAND REASONS,
  7. Rounds of cuts is the way new HTs like to see heads roll and bring 'fresh ideas' (their own people from their ex school.)

    For example, exchanging House system for HoY for Faculties for Learning Groups etc.

    Salary IS everything. That is why it is called a profession. No doctor, dentist or plumber works for free.
  8. Think about the ever increasing music teaching posts that require one to teach another subject, mainly drama. Heads are grouping drama with music more and more, with the mistaken notion that as performance based subjects, they are linked. Teaching drama and role-play based subjects alongside music seems to becoming more common, and will drive a lot of good music teachers away. Drama teaching is not easy and demands a different style and approach. I think it is somewhat direspectful to drama teachers and music teachers to goup these two together in what I think are totally different subjects.
  9. Drama teaching may not be easy - however, it is much easier than music teaching.
  10. Speaking as someone who has in my career taught both drama and music (Music specialist) - I would agree BUT I was probably not teaching it at the same level that I would music iykwim
  11. Leaving aside the comments about Iceland and Ireland ( complete clap-trap!) I'd suggest that you retain as many strings to your bow as possible; its all about options and keeping yours open. By all means do some school teaching in your chosen workplace but keep your HR and accountancy interests going. We all need to be polymaths these days.
  12. gilly33

    gilly33 New commenter

    No don't train to be a teacher, not in school anyway. Go to music college become profficient at your instruments and teach privately leaving yourself available for interesting work that comes in. Being an educator is far better than teaching in schools if you are a good musician. Starting off as a peri for a music service is good but not a career. Good luck and hope it works out. The advice is the direction my husband took and he enjoys a wide and varied career and still gets the bonus of making a difference to the kids he teaches. Who by the way all want to learn and practice as mum and dad pay £30 an hour for lessons.

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