The TMEA staff and Executive Board are proud of and thankful for every music educator who passionately and professionally offers our students opportunities to develop a lifetime love of and participation in music. We want you to succeed in this most rewarding career, and we are here to help you. Please take a moment to review the following resources especially suited for anyone starting a new job or moving to Texas to continue their career here. I look forward to hearing from you if I can ever be of assistance.
— Robert Floyd, TMEA Executive Director
Important Offerings for New Teachers
Contact Us: If you have questions that we might be able to answer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you succeed and while we might not have every answer, we will always help you find it.
Mentoring Network: Every new teacher (and teacher new to Texas) can benefit from a mentor. TMEA offers this program to its active members. If you didn't enroll when you joined TMEA, do it today!
Liability Insurance: If you didn’t purchase it when you joined, we encourage you to add this most important coverage. Whether you purchase through TMEA or another organization, we simply want to ensure you maintain a current policy. It's coverage every teacher should maintain (be sure to renew your policy every year).
The following features have recently been published in Southwestern Musician (your member magazine). Each contains valuable information for new music educators written by your colleagues across the state:
Meeting Expectations: Learn from music educators-turned administrators what to know about the expectations your administrators will have of you and how to build a positive working relationship with them. (August 2016)
Your First Six Months—Survive & Thrive: Consider this advice on how to make the most of your first six months on the job and set yourself up for future success. (August 2016)
Striking a Balance: TMEA members share their stories of how they overcame being burned out and began achieving a better work-life balance. Gain from their valuable experiences. (August 2016)
Surviving Your First Five Years: A music education degree doesn't prepare you for every aspect of the job. Learn strategies for success from these veteran educators. (September 2013)
Staying Afloat in New Waters: After successfully navigating your college career, it's time to learn how to stay afloat in this new career as music educator. Learn more about keeping up with the demands in this most rewarding job. (August 2011)
Music Education in the Law: Learn what Texas law says about music instruction at every level, including important information about limitations on pull-out for remediation. (January 2016)
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Teaching Resources: Beyond tips just for new teachers, we offer a myriad of resources for all teachers. Check out other pages hosted on our site here.
Q&A for Teachers: Utilize this repository of hundreds of questions and thousands of answers to everyday questions asked and answered by TMEA members.
Advocacy Materials: Music educators must advocate for music education at the local level. This page includes many print-ready resources you can utilize in this effort.
Balance and Burnout: Check out the results of a statewide survey TMEA conducted about teacher burnout and how music teachers are achieving better work-life balance.
If you are looking for a resource you can't find here, contact us.