Episode 10 – Starting a Job To Do List

Once you have a job, how do you get off to a great start? In this episode, I discuss a to do list for starting your new gig with a bang.

Once You Have the Job: a To-Do List



  1. Summer letter of contact (introduce yourself, fire-up the kids, etc.)
  2. Meet with supervising music teacher/principal
  3. Insurance and permission forms for students
  4. Handbook (trips, grading, parties, calendars, etc.)
  5. Scale sheets/Fundamental sheet music
  6. Teaching schedule (who meets when, team-teaching, etc.)
  7. Recruiting dates confirmed
  8. Supplies
  9. Necessary work orders (blanks and turn in dates if available)
  10. Budget information (keep detailed, organized records)
  11. Decorations in room
  12. Chairs and stands
  13. Beginner appointments set-up (if instrument assignment is applicable)
  14. Asessments
  15. Student assignments to correct classes/rosters
  16. Calendar approval
  17. Goals set for each grade level
  18. Select music for grades
  19. Warm-ups/daily drill & method books
  20. Instrument storage (if applicable)
  21. School instrument assignments
  22. Instrument back from summer repair (if applicable)
  23. Inventory checked
  24. Contacts with private lesson staff (if available)
  25. Student officer meeting
  26. Develop a seating chart (especially helpful for learning student names quickly)
  27. Jazz band, Drumline, Twirlers, Flags, Show Choir, any other ensemble with special needs
  28. Office in order
  29. Phone numbers/Email addresses
  30. Uniforms (Band shirts, concert uniform, marching uniform, $$, type, etc.)
  31. Know your IEPs
  32. Travel for Conventions (if applicable)
  33. Grading policies
  34. Attendance policies
  35. Meet with music store rep/owner (if there is one nearby)
  36. Fundraising

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