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I’ve been on both ends of an interview. Keep in mind that there will be people with different backgrounds and agendas- music teachers who want to understand your music background, administrators who might not know or care anything about music but want to know that you can manage a classroom, parents who want their kids to enjoy music, possibly even a student on the panel. If there is, you need to treat them with the same respect and attention as the adults, and sometimes kids have the best questions. Here are some of the most common questions I’ve heard (or asked.):
Tell us about yourself. (This is your chance to tell them about your strengths.)
What makes you the best person for this job?
What are your areas of weakness, and how do you plan to address them?
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Please give us an example of music you would program for (whatever ensembles) Or for general music- are there specific methods that you use, Kodaly, Orff etc?
How would you deal with a disruptive student?
What are the most important things for kids to learn in your program?
How will you accommodate students with special needs?
The music people might ask you technical questions (How would you deal with a trumpet player who can’t play above 4th space C, etc.) The non-music people might want specifics about classroom management, how you plan to grade, etc.
Good luck!