Reply To: When will I ever learn?
You have basically answered your own concern here. You are doing so much to ensure financial security that you are not able to give the energy to making your teaching and your family your priority. The ax probably will fall if you don’t make your music class so wonderful they can’t possibly cut it. People are programs. If your students are doing well and love the class you will have parent and administrative support, but you have to have time for preparation and you have to have the mental and physical well being to manage it. Why not give your all to that and give up the other things and then if the class is still cut you will feel like you did everything you could to make it work. You could probably maintain a small private studio while you are teaching and then increase the numbers if the job doesn’t work out.
LeAnna Willmore, NAfME Choral Education Chair