Reply To: I am dying to get my first teaching job, but …
Christopher and Elizabeth, the principals in our area have all stated a desire to hire teachers with “habits of happiness.” When you do get that interview for the dream job present yourself as a problem-solver and optimistic person. Be early and do not look at your watch or phone during the interview. I know it is hard, but a smile goes a long way in these situations. Sincere compliments on facilities or on the program itself, assuming you have done some research on the program, will also show your interest in that job and not just any job.
Be sure to look on your state’s music educator affiliate ncmea.net and omea-ohio.org sites for job openings. These sites will also tell you when your state conference will be held. I highly recommend going and participating in sessions geared for the position you desire. There are strands for band, choir, orchestra, general music, technology, etc. so take advantage and meet folks and talk with them.
Deborah Barber, PhD
Arkansas Tech University