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Career in teaching: what do do? - May 8th 2009, 02:42 AM

Since about my freshman year I have wanted dearly to be a music teacher. Music is my primary passion, and I daydream all the time about watching my future students grow and develop as musicians, or conducting a school ensemble, or just sharing the beauty and the power of music with others in any way I can.

Since then, my interests have developed slightly. Music is still my primary passion, but now I also have ardent interest in various branches of sociology. Also, I am now more aware than before about the state of our educational system on a national scale - very uneven, with good schools in some states and dismal schools in others - and I have a passionate desire to do what I can to change this for the better.

I know in my heart that it is my purpose in life to teach and to inspire a thirst for knowledge in others - but I am having major difficulty choosing which path I will follow. I feel as though I would find the ultimate satisfaction in being an educational activist, in doing whatever I can as an individual to improve education in this country. But would that satisfy my desire to actually teach? I have no idea, as I don't know what jobs such activism would entail.

And assuming I can't actually make a living off being an activist - I can't decide whether to teach a branch of sociology (probably political science or psychology) or music. I know sociology would satisfy my mind, while music would satisfy my heart, but neither of them seem to satisfy both.

My guidance counselor at school has been unhelpful in this pivotal decision so far; she has helped me think about my academic standing and what colleges would be good for me, but seems mostly concerned with getting my college stuff out of the way and being efficient and all that, but not with helping me decide on what I actually want to do with my life.

With all that said, I wonder if anyone here can give me some advice on choosing my path - I know in the end it is my decision, so the ability for someone else to help me choose is limited, but perhaps you could give me some brain food - things to think about when making this important decision?
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Re: Career in teaching: what do do? - May 8th 2009, 02:52 AM

Why not duel major?
Lots of times people major in more then one career, and if you think about it your paths are not too far apart.

Every college you take will make you take a sociology class, of course it's just an intro course, but there's no reason why you cannot duel major.

If your counselor doesn't help, talk to your teachers themselves. They've been on the road you want to get on, so they'll be of much more help.

Also, when you start looking at colleges. When you visit one and talk to an adviser and everything like that - they're very knowledgeable on what to take.

And the professors are always willing to offer some suggestions.
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Re: Career in teaching: what do do? - May 8th 2009, 03:00 AM

Why not have the best of both worlds? Double major and teach sociology at a school. Then, teach private music lessons! That is what I would do. The private lessons would be great side cash and could really help during those summer months.

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Re: Career in teaching: what do do? - May 9th 2009, 02:23 PM

I also suggest doing a double major. Or, have one as a major and one as a minor (if you plan to teach high school you will probably have to have a major and a minor anyways). Once you take the classes you need, you will figure out (I'm sure) which area you are more drawn toward. And, even if you end up teaching sociology full time there are other ways you can keep the music part of you alive. Like teaching music lessons in the community or joining (or making) a band or choir for the community.

Just things to think about.
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