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- August 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm #540432David NinoParticipant
Today, I got the unexpected news that the administration decided to invite a contemporary Christian singer on the same date of our first main parent’s weekend concert. It was a decision not consulted with me previously neither was provided an alternative time for our concert. The decision is to cancel our music department concert to allow the musician guest to have the concert at the time our music department had planned. In addition, to express my frustration, has anybody else had a similar situation? Is this a new trend in regards to planning, administration direct intervention in the music department objectives, or I am just at the wrong place?
DavidAugust 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm #540494Bart BrushParticipant
Outrageous…… yet another example of an administrator bypassing basic procedures, either through ignorance or to advance his or her own agenda. Whether you are in the wrong place is up to you. I suggest you (and all music educators) start making a list of policies and procedures you expect in your next job, no matter how basic they might seem. In your next interview, ask specifically about these. Is this collegel policy? Is it in writing? May I see the college/music department policy? This will at least give you a reference point. Better yet, discuss and ask that these conditions and expectations be written into your contract.
I was blessed with a supportive principal and not many problems in my first public school job, I immediately started such a list as I began to “learn the ropes”. Several years later, when I decided to move to another part of the country, this list was invaluable in weeding out the good schools and the bad, with regard to this issue. Do not be afraid to interview your interviewer! Clarity and mutual understanding is best for both parties!
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