At CLCS we usually do sectionals for the big orchestra, separating strings from winds, and even woodwinds from brass. I work mostly with the Clarinet section, but depending on the needs, I could work with Flutes and Clarinets, so the Flute teacher can pull out some students for private lessons. It's not the same case for the smaller kids (3rd and 4th graders). We try to work with them all together so they all learn the same basic knowledge at the same time. There are around 5 staff in the classroom helping the kids in the different instruments. Sometimes we pull out kids that needs more attention from the teachers to improve their skills.
Working in this school I've improved my English! My native language is Spanish, but now I feel more confident when I have to communicate with the kids. Also, I've learn more about the US culture and how the system works in this country.
The staff from this school is very nice. Since the very first day, they've done whatever they can to involve me in any activities, in and out of work. Inside the school (and most important, in front of the kids), they are very professional and we treat each other as part of the staff (as it should be).
We all believe that the hardest part of this job is to work with middle school kids. Since they are between 12 and 15 years old, they all have their ups and downs, not in a constant mood, sometimes turning aggressive and defiant, and we have to deal with this most of the time because of their ages, in a very professional and controlled way.
The best part of this job is to see how the kids improves their skills and their passion for music. Even when some of them don't like to play any instrument, or the music at all (since music is a mandatory subject), those who like and enjoy the music are the students who inspire us to work harder with them.