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28 September 2007 @ 07:19 pm
things are finally looking up a bit! It's been rough not having a job since the end of camp... been about a month. I had applied to every single school district within a 30 mile radius from my apartment and nothing has happened with it untill this week.

Tuesday I had my hearing for my Recital.. I get graded on how prepared I am basically...got an A- and tons of good feedback...only sang 5 songs.. and I felt good about it all

Wednesday I had 2 scheduled interview which turned into 3. The first was at Newark Valley just for being a sub in the district. I get there and they tell me that there could be a short-term music sub opening soon, so I had to go over to the elementary school to meet with the principal and have an interview. I'm lucky that I have my ed degree and that I actually do like teaching (and don't plan on using it as a fall back career because I kow I will make it as a singer and college level teacher!)...so that was that

Wed. afternoon I had an interview with AIG insurance..doing customer service/call center work. The beginning of this week I had applied to a ton of non-teaching, non-arts, non-music jobs... which is pretty much retail/sales/customer service crap... I would be ok with it.. at this point I needed a job and any job (as long as it paid descent..ha) So inteview was fine.. but they wouldnt even start hiring until 3 weeks from now..and I wouldnt start until Nov. 5th. Yuck.

Thursday I get a call from Binghamton City schools.. they approved me for subbing and I needed to come in to fill out payroll stuff. I get there and am told that there is an immediate, possible long-term music sub position at one of the Elementary schools
....uh-wha?... deja vu?!
SO I went to that school... had an interview.. met the teacher who had to leave (maternity leave... was supposed to be in December that she went on leave but she is having twin boys and needs to go on bed rest now...) The position is K-5 gen music (band teacher takes half the classes/i take the other half), chorus,string lessons and Orchestra... principal says to go home, think about it tonight an call him friday morning.

I though all night about it... and actually got excited about it so much that I could'nt fall asleep till who knows when... I guess that's a good sign that 1. i do love teaching and 2. that this position would be a good one... unlike the disaster at Moravia..

Luckily I played Violin for 10 years... so not worried about the strings portion.. its in the best elem. school in the district, although I do have one 12-1 class (w/Aide)..so that could be a challenge

anyways.. I called back.. talked more with the principal.. and he offered me the position. It is a sub position.. but she will be out for the entire rest of the year.. so after 20 days of being a sub, and on sub pay ($115/day), it turns to a long-term sub and I get put on the districts pay schedule..which I think with my masters I am at at least $40,000 .. plus it take's those 20 days of subbing i had, and pays me the real teacher salary for those days... plus I'd get health insurance.. and It counts towards my requirement for permanent certification.. I still have provisional, it expires this January actually.. so i need to get an extension...but yeah

this is long.. sorry!

bottom line... I have a job in my field.. I do not plan on being a teacher for-real again.. but It will be nice durring this year of transition/figuring out the next step..to have a job in music and getting paid for what im worth...

in other news... the Recital is October 13th... It's going to be pretty great and I'm excited to finally get it done! Preparing a recital is fun untill like that last 2 weeks when you've had enough of the music.. been working on this since last spring!

and I think i'm going to apply for my DMA this year.. just go right on... I want to do something with teaching styles... old school vocal ped compared to modern vocal ped.. specifcally the mind-body connection thats becoming popular... which is better.. what is used most in universitys.. could do a big nationwide survey..

i'm gonna research schools .. see if its possible

ok im done!