My first year teaching middle school choral music in public schools was awful.
I have no idea how I made it through. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was armed with a master’s degree from a very good music school, and I was not good at teaching choral music to beginners.
I was ready to quit in December.
That was in 1989.
I showed up to school daily and did the best I could partly out of necessity and partly because I don’t like to give up.
I didn’t take my students to North Carolina Music Educator’s Association’s adjudicated festival in the first year because I knew my students would have a bad experience. It wasn’t their fault…it was mine. I had no idea how to help my beginners learn what they needed to know to succeed at this sort of event.
In year 2, I did my best to prepare them for the event, and we went!
They sang better than they’d ever sung. They brought their best, and so did I.
They got a 3…which is “good”.