A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
“You’re not a real teacher.” I’ve heard that many, many times in my years of teaching music.
Recently it was from a student. Early in my career, I was told I would never be “Teacher of the Year” because I wasn’t a real teacher. Another time someone walked into my classroom and said “O, you’re teaching” as if that was a surprise.
It used to really upset me. It doesn’t bother me anymore. I know what I do, and I love it.
Music teachers take the students who can’t sit still in “regular” classes, and those who struggle with “real” subjects and dread those classes. We take all those wiggly little bodies and create ensembles that play and sing together. Music gives those students a chance to succeed.
No, we don’t give standardized tests. We have performances where students learn to work together and make music with instruments or voices in front of live audiences on a regular basis. All the students take part and their self-confidence soars.
If we aren’t “real” teachers, what about superheroes like my favorite teeshirt says?