Networking To Find Music Education Jobs

Networking To Find Music Education Jobs

For those most passionate about their music, a job in music education is a natural fit. Far from being a case of “those who can’t do, teach”, those who take music education jobs are talented not only as artists but as teachers who want to pass their love of music on to another generation, to ensure that there is always music in the world.

Once upon a time, a degree in music education was seen as a ‘fallback option’- the job that would always be there if a performing or production career didn’t work out. That time is long gone now as states have cut funding for enrichment education across the country. While the job outlook for music teachers is still good, the Occupational Outlook Handbook says that jobs for musicians and teachers will grow at about average or a little faster than average rates through 2014 – school departments, private institutions and universities have the luxury of being able to be choosy about whom they hire to fill music education jobs.

One of the best ways to hear about music education jobs and openings is to establish a network of contact within the music education community. While basic networking is good, there are ways to network more effectively to concentrate your focus on finding and improving your chances of being hired for music education jobs.

Network locally.

Lucky you, you actually have three different sources of local networking that can help you narrow your job search focus. As an educator, get involved in local organizations for teachers and get your name out there. If you’ve made contacts while interning and practice-teaching, keep up with them, and ask their advice and guidance in your career path. By all means, let them and others know that you’re looking for a job in music education. Other teachers are often the first to know that one of their own is leaving.

School department contacts are invaluable.

In most cities, the school department must post vacancies internally before advertising them to the general public. Those vacancies are often posted on a bulletin board in each school within the district. Let teacher friends and contacts know that you’re looking and ask them to keep an eye out for you. Knowing that a vacancy is posted internally can give you a leg up on the competition and cue you to submit your resume and cover letter for music education jobs before they’re advertised.

Network online.

Join national and local music teachers associations online, particularly those that hold regular events, symposiums and have a discussion board. Many of them post job openings for members, and more than a few allow members to post job leads and requests for job leads on their boards. Some organizations that you might consider joining include:

Technology Institute for Music Educators (http://www.ti-me.org/)

Music Teachers National Association (http://www.mtna.org)

Teachers.net Chat boards (http://teachers.net/mentors/music/)

The National Association for Music Education (http://www.menc.org/)

Keep in mind that in networking, you get out what you put in. Don’t just join a group and start soliciting for music education jobs. Look for what you can offer – the more you become involved the more visible you’ll become and the more willing others will be to recommend jobs to you.

Rita Henry is a contributing editor for Jobs In Music, the leading job and resource site for the Music Industry. Interested in receiving only the hottest Music job listings weekly for free? To learn more visit Jobs In Music.

Churches Turn to Social Networking to Supplement Easter Services

San Jose, Ca (PRWEB) April 5, 2007

More than 3,700 churches have created online communities to enhance their weekly services on the new social networking site, MyChurch.org. Pastors and parishioners meet online to write blogs, share pictures, and stay connected throughout the week in an effort to extend church between Sundays.

When church leaders saw their younger congregants on social networking sites like Myspace, they recognized an opportunity to foster community between Sundays. MyChurch.org launched in late 2006 to cater specifically to churches seeking to extend their Sunday gatherings online.

Pastors record and upload their sermons for discussion. Electronic bulletin broadcasts replace paper church bulletins. And members post prayer requests and join conversations through blogs and profile comments.

“Conversations we’ve never had time for are coming together online. The profiles and pictures are revealing things about us that might take years to come out.” says Pastor Dan Beasley. His Calvary Community Church in Maryland has more than 80 members in its MyChurch.org community.

Pastor Beasley goes on to say “We’re seeing folks show their true gifts. People we didn’t know as teachers are emerging in the blogs, and encouragement and mercy are shown in the comments”

Social networking also empowers missionaries and travelers to stay connected with their home church, especially for celebrations like Easter. “I love it that MyChurch makes it possible for our (missionary) members in Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Dubai, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina to participate in the life of our community” says Pastor Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church in DC.

Pastor Somerville uploads his sermons onto First Baptist’s MyChurch page for members who missed his Sunday preaching, or for congregants who want to comment and discuss afterwards. He plans to post his church’s entire Easter service, including worship music, Scripture readings, and sermon.

Churches have traditionally been cautious to adopt internet technology, fearing that a virtual church might keep members out of the pews. But churches have flooded onto social networking sites. There are more than 100,000 religious groups on Myspace. Churches recognize that social networking enhances the conventional Sunday morning gathering, empowering them to foster community during the week.

About MyChurch.org:

As the social network for churches, MyChurch.org hosts free social networking communities for more than 3,700 Christian churches. By exclusively serving Christian churches, MyChurch provides tools focused for a Christian audience such as the ability to embed Bible passages into blogs, and organize and register for local church events. MyChurch.org receives 2.5M pageviews per month and is growing rapidly.

Contact:

Joe Suh, Media Contact

MyChurch.org

408-972-9462

http://www.mychurch.org

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