You and the Classroom Teacher

Be prepared for:

  1. If a classroom teacher uses music, he/she will often sing in a range that is too low for young children.

  2. It is common for a classroom teacher to perceive the purpose of the music class as a means to create a planning period in the day.  Even if this is unintentional, he or she may be quite territorial regarding this time period.

  3. The concept that most people have of music class is "fun and games"; a chance to expend some energy; to renew for more serious endeavors.

Win-win strategies:
  1. Make it easy for others to treat you as a professional.
  2. Be proactive in applying cross-curricular concepts.
  3. Be a marketer of your own program.
  4. Use the mom/dad approach with the classroom teacher and discipline.

Teacher to teacher


You and the Principal

  1. Never let him/her be surprised.
  2. Find a way to promote their vision if possible.
  3. Make him/her look good.
  4. Keep good things happening and then report them (emails, pictures, performances).
  5. Be a team player.

Teacher to administrator

You and the Custodian

  1. Treat him/her like a colleague.  Their job is to facilitate learning as is yours. 
  2. Don't be a slob; also teach your classes to pick up after themselves.  Don't make the custodian's job harder than it has to be.
  3. An attitude of cooperation and mutual respect is almost always rewarded with helpfulness.


Teacher to student
Most important employment factors in considering future teaching positions:

Data results indicated that preservice music teachers perceived administrative support, parental and community

support, and program sustainability as most important factors