Originally Posted by hippymomma69
are music teachers really in that much demand? what about the suzuki in the schools program? anyone know about that?
eta: I've been a bit intimidated by the music education programs because many of them seem to assume that you know piano/and or have voice training...and the stuff about conducting seems kind of foreign to me - but maybe I just need to find the right program?
Just to let you know, I am not
a music teacher, nor did I major in music! I only took about 2 years of piano, so I am certainly no expert.
That said, my husband is a principal in an elementary school and did have a hand in hiring a music teacher this year, so I saw from the sidelines some issues that were raised. One book that I read during the process was Inside the Music Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart
by Patricia Bourne; she raised an issue that you brought up--what if your primary instrument is not piano? Most music degrees, whether in music education or not, insist on the graduate having "competency" in piano. Some schools want more that just basic competancy for their music teachers.
Also many schools, in anticipation that you may conduct a choir or band, will insist that you get major competancy in all forms of instruments used in an orchestra as well as voice training. So a music education degree is very credit intense--you will not have many electives because you will use most of your credits trying to fulfill your music degree requirements.
You will probably want to check out www.menc.org
(The National Association for Music Education). They have forums discussing music education in all its forms.