Considering Summer Jobs

After an elongated winter that lasted into April, we have finally emerged into a beautiful spring with summer approaching faster than usual.

The time to think about summer jobs—or even a career after graduation— is upon us. When I was a college student, I filtered through several types of positions—mostly interning at different magazine publishing companies—but also working a minimum-wage job at a video store. Through Halftime Magazine, I am finally fortunate to have created a business for myself with a toe in the music industry.

If you’re thinking of capitalizing on your love of performing, there are many ways to do so. “Summertime Gigs” walks you through various music related job opportunities such as joining a band at a theme park or cruise ship, being a counselor at a music camp, teaching private lessons or working as an intern for a music store or instrument manufacturer.

If you’ve recently graduated with a music education degree, congratulations! “Advice for Young Directors” gives you a roadmap to help you navigate your first few years of teaching band. Veteran directors provide tips on dealing with administration, motivating students, working on show design and more.

This issue of Halftime Magazine also salutes the winning winter guards and indoor drumlines from the 2014 WGI World Championships. Many new groups medaled in this year’s competition.

Hope you enjoy the rest of spring and create awesome summer experiences.

Yours Truly,
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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