A high school music educator shares six tips for managing work-life balance and being more productive.
The job of a music teacher can be overwhelming with so many activities to juggle. As we begin a new school year, it’s the ideal time to reevaluate your responsibilities and make a plan for workload management, so you can be at the top of your game professionally while maintaining your personal life.
I teach winds and percussion full-time at Metea Valley (Illinois) High School, including directing the bands and symphony orchestra. I also teach graduate-level professional development classes at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. I perform professionally as a percussionist, and I play music at my church. I’ve been married for 15 years and have five children, ages 2 to 11. I also finished my first marathon this year!
I volunteer as much as I can, having served on the board of two not-for-profit music organisations. I am an educational consultant for the Music Achievement Council and a representative-elect for the Illinois Music Education Association.
People constantly ask me, “Glen, how do you do it all? With five kids, high school band, part-time college, how do you find time for all of that?”
I usually reply, “I’m sure you are just as busy as me!”
In the 18 years that I’ve been teaching, I have figured out that the secret to work-life balance is planning. Plan your tasks, workload and personal time, and stick to it. Here are some processes I use, so I don’t feel overwhelmed.