Many these days don't care if their teachers are all synodically certified. Some do. Some will hire and expect the colloquy in a given number of years. Few have full-time music teachers - they often double as regular classroom teachers, at least part of the day, or only teach part-time.
For instance, the principal and the music teacher might share a grade, the principal teaching in the classroom half the day and administrating the other half, and the music teacher teaching the other half a day, and doing music the other half. MOST Lutheran schools are not large enough to afford the luxury of a full-time music teacher, but there are some.
Re: Lutheran Teachers
Oct 30, 2008 5:48 PM
in response to: Harriet
Oh ok sounds like the music teacher position at the local christian school. Up until 3 years ago the woman was fulltime then retired. After that they couldn't find anyone else so the 5th grade teaching did part of the grades and then the 7th grade teacher did the rest.
Perhaps if I ever did go teach in a private school I could use that gift in the classroom. It enriches the kids and they seem to learn this faster- or so I've been told by some special ed teachers.
My son, Kevin, is currently a freshman at the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton school of music. He also wants to be a music teacher. He still has a long way to go, but he just got his first mid terms back--all A's in his musical classes. One B in a history class unrelated to music.
Re: Lutheran Teachers
Oct 30, 2008 5:43 PM
in response to: Gramps
Yay Kevin! What age group is he looking to teach? Each one has its perks for sure. I teach younger children so it's alot of nursery rhymes and kids songs.
I also have a cousin Kevin who's in his freshman year at OSU for Pre-Vet.
But he's moonlights as a church organist.
I think I'll become a Teacher, several people have told me that I have a knack for Teaching people things, I would have to get my Teacher's Certification to Teach in TX Public Schools but what about in a Private Lutheran School?
I have a Bachelors Degree in Business (MIS)
and I am also a volunteer School Bus Driver, I know that this doesn't actually count, lol
I think it depends on where you are and the availability of Lutheran schools what is expected. I taught in a Lutheran HS after studying theology and social studies at a Lutheran University. That was in Chicago area. The schools were everywhere. There were five Lutheran Elementary schools and a hs within a two mile area. 18 elementary schools fed into our hs. All teachers were required to have their colloquey within two years of hire. I personally knew of two who were dismissed when they had not completed that requirement.
But, here in the west, all is different. We have maybe a handful of Lutheran schools in three states and the closest elementary school doesn't have one teacher with their colloquey.
I have, however, never seen one with a fulltime music teacher. All of the music teachers have also taught other subjects and served as the church organist. Our hs music teacher also taught languages..German & Spanish.
I, of course, think wanting to teach in a Lutheran school is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed my days as a teacher.
I know of some music teachers who split their time among several schools, spending a day or part of a day a week at each campus. It sounds like a contractual thing, and entrepreneurial. One school where my husband was serving as the Intentional Interim Pastor had a Spring concert which I attended. I think I bit a hole in my cheek when the Flute and Clarinet duet pair were sharing the same sheet of music. The music was racoon h*ll (a term I learned from a conductor, years ago) to say the least. Fortunately, it was a short number.