Can I do this?
Date: July 31, 2014
I'm not sure I've got this in the correct category, but here goes.
I have been been a teacher for the last 8 years. I have always been a high school band and chorus teacher and my background is exclusively band. For the first 4 years of my career, I taught only one choir class per year. It was 2nd semester only (block scheduling) and usually only had between 10-15 students. Three years ago I moved to my current school. I teach marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, beginning choir and advanced choir. The beginning choir meets first semester only and the advanced choir meets second semester only.
I am considering becoming a choir teacher exclusively. My question is this: would I be doing my future students a disservice?
i can't play piano well enough to play at my own concerts, although I can easily do all our warm ups, and I can usually play two different voice parts at a time for rehearsal.
My my voice is ok, but certainly not trained.
My my main deficiencies are, I think, lack of knowledge of vowel shaping, foreign languages (although I feel comfortable in Latin), how to improve a students tone, and lack of knowledge of repertoire.
I am willing to work on these deficiencies, but usually my busy band schedule prevents it. In fact my busy band schedule prevents many things, which is my main reason for wanting to drop band. Also, I have really grown to like teaching chorus.
I would appreciate honest answers here. Please don't be afraid to say so if you think I don't really have the training to be an effective full time high school chorus teacher.