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I was wondering if anyone has advice on pertinent experience that one could receive to help strengthen their resume. Obviously there are positions such as helping out with band camps, giving private lessons, and being involved with Greek organizations, but other than these things and student teaching experience of which we only get a limited amount, what other activities could I get involved with that would look good to school administration that is considering you?
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Thom Priest, Ed.D from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I serve on the Collegiate Advisory Council.
I would strongly encourage you to observe music classes in local schools. After you observe some classes, you could ask the music teacher if you could help with instruction. This might be running a sectional rehearsal or taking the musicians through a warm-up at the beginning of the class. Many times these experiences lead to opportunities to teach privately which can really help develop your teaching strategies. You can put early-field experiences on your resume. I would also encourage you to actively participate in your Collegiate Chapter of NAfME. Within NAfME there are opportunities to develop your leadership skills at the local and state levels. If you attend, your state professional conference, you can also put that on your resume. Good luck to you.
I second the collegiate NAFME. You’ve got the idea! If you can afford it, become a member of music organizations like your local Orff Association, Kodaly etc. Attend their seminars / workshops (possibly free for college students) and take notes!! Then before interviews go through those notes and refresh yourself on applicable ideas / grade level strategies which you learned.
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