Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth
About This Show
Formerly the Find Your Forte podcast - Step up to the podium with purpose and make the most of your public or private school's choral program with solutions you never saw coming! Join Choir Ninja, Ryan Guth as he brings you weekly interviews with veteran in-the-trenches choral directors on how to manage your choir, teach concepts like sight-singing and group vocal technique, market your program, and help inspire a love of choral music in your students each day.
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When You Are the New Kid, with Christopher Kurt
4 days ago
Just because you graduated high school, graduated college, and got a job doesn’t mean that you won’t sometimes still feel like the new kid. Ryan checks back in with podcast favorite and Ukulele Ninja Christopher Kurt about his first quarter teaching in a new school. Sometimes you just need to change your life. Whether that means a new methodology or a new zip code depends on you, but Ryan and Christopher cover some of the questions you should ask to help you decide. Listen [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “I can be pretty chill and pretty awesome, but if you’re a butt, that’s gonna change.” - Topher Kurt Show Notes: You know when it’s time for a change. Especially while you are young, try something new. Maybe a new city, with new opportunities is worth a look. Don’t just prepare for your first day; over-prepare. Have different lesson plans ready to go based on the students’ level of respect and class participation. First impression are crucial. Try to meet with others in the music department before the first day of school. Some students might remember you from an interview audition. But prepare students for the idea that you will teach in your own way. Authenticity is key. Establish procedure from the first day. You have permission to change your life. Christopher knew what his dream job was, and that he wasn’t going to realize it where he was. Ask yourself, “What do I want out of my career?” (not job). Not every transition means moving to a new state. But you have to choose to change something. A new job is kind of like being a new teacher again; you might just be looking ahead a day at a time. For the first quarter, stick with what you know, and what you know you do well. Second quarter, add something new. Take a new approach to teaching a song. You can make changes to how you teach. Make your program your own. What can you bring to your program that is something no one else could do? What makes you indispensable? Be daring. Be vulnerable. Let yo
Rated 5 out of
Ryan is inspiring! He knows how to speak in a way that motivates me to go into work each day and "step up to the podium with purpose". Love listening each week!
Date published: 2015-10-15