Current Job Title:
Western Michigan University
Describe your current job:
I serve as the Class Piano Coordinator at WMU. I administer 14 sections of group piano classes the music school offers to both music majors and non-majors. I also teach the two upper level group piano classes primarily to music education majors, music therapy majors, and voice performance majors.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is having the chance to work with so many different students, all from different backgrounds, all with the same goal of improving their piano playing ability. The most challenging part is trying to give each student exactly what they need, which in a group piano setting can be challenging. Finding the perfect balance between individual attention and progress and meeting curricular goals as a whole class is always the hardest challenge.
If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development?
The work I did as a grad assistant ended up being the very work I was hired to do at a professional level. All the learning, student interaction, and networking I did helped to secure my current position.
What advice would you offer students to help them decide on a career path?
If you can find something that you're good at and you enjoy, pursue that with vigilance. Whatever job you choose, you'll have to work in that job for a long time; make sure you like the work you're pursuing.