Fall 2022

Clearly, I have put this as a no priority endeavor. It seems I refer back to the blog in times of personal change and when there is a lack of ongoing engagement. I was quite surprised that 4 years have passed since my last entry. FOUR YEARS.

What is all of this about? How does one simply (or not so simply) jump into the roles of music educator, administrator, coordinator, performer — and give it the dedication (we think) it deserves?

Recently, from an unexpected turn of events, I found myself perusing the open music teacher positions in my region. What in the world is going on? One high school, nearby, has been open since July. When I finally got a reply from a school district representative about the position, I was informed that the assignment is “several piano labs, advanced band, and a percussion class”. No wonder it is still open. That is hodgepodge at best. I decided to contact the school site administration to get details – sometimes the district personnel really do not know – and I have yet to get a response.

I spent over two month inquiring about another recruiting post, this for a private school, with no response. I made attempts at the school headquarters and the school site. Finally, I just decided to apply to see if there was any response to the application; voila! “Can you interview tomorrow?” The interview was weird, as there were the typical questions — how to differentiate for different ability levels, how to accommodate for special education students, what does a “lesson” look like. After all of that, I was asked if I had any questions for them. At this stage in my life, I believe people need some honest feedback, so I politely said that I had been trying to get information about this posting and the program for over two months. No one from either office responded. “Honestly, I don’t even know what I’m interviewing for, but I thought that sending the application might result in a response.” They don’t even know what they want or how to get there. Another hodgepodge, at best. Throw everyone into a room and have a music class; not really, but close. No thank you.

I am going through my own reflection period, as I do, and am trying to grasp the importance of it all. We need enthusiastic people in these roles. We need to consider diversifying what and how we offer music classes. Perhaps we are in that transition space, and I am simply feeling the stupidity of these efforts; or, my own struggle with the reality of change implementation; or, perhaps the offerings are unthoughtful ways to offer someone a job. Whatever these things are, I understand, clearly, why it is mid September and these, along with other, music programs at all levels are still unfilled.

Whatever it may be, including a combination of these and others, I am struggling to find opportunities to best utilize my skills. Will it, after all, include reeds and water keys and rosin? I don’t know.

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About mundyviar

Mundy Viar, PhD, is an educator, administrator, researcher, and musician. A credentialed educator and education administrator in California, Dr. Viar has practiced in several school districts throughout the Golden State, leading instrumental and vocal music programs in the K-12 systems. Prior to working in the K-12 system, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally celebrated youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, based in Concord, California. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps performed as a Div. II Finalist at the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Florida, and as the US representative at the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Additionally, Dr. Viar is an adjunct facilitator for the University of the West Indies Open Campus, where is has served as doctoral Research Supervisor, thesis defense committee member, and course tutor. Dr. Viar is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (PhD); the University of California, Berkeley (MA); and, Virginia Commonwealth University (BS). Key attributes: communication, collaboration, shared and distributed leadership, ABCD, PAR
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