I haven't been able to find a teaching job, and if I add a general music degree it will at least double the amount of jobs I can apply for. It's not the ideal situation, but it would make me more marketable.
I taught physics, physical science and mathematics in Minnesota for 34 years. I retired from Minnesota and moved to South Dakota where I taught physics and physical science for three more years. In Minnesota there was a strong teachers union and I was very active; in South Dakota, the teachers organization is a joke. That is the big difference between a right-to-work state (SD) and a state that recognizes unions. In South Dakota there is no bargaining - the teachers have two choices: take what we offer or resign. Is it any wonder that SD is 49th in the quality of education?
Being an atheist comes easy to someone in science. How do music teachers avoid religious music?
I have been writing articles for Examiner.com as the Sioux Falls Atheism Examiner for a couple of months and really enjoy it. It gives me a chance to lecture again. You can read my articles by Googling 'Sioux Falls Atheism Examiner' I have tried to put links in these posts using the add hyperlink, but the hyperlink gods cause my smoke to lay low on the ground.
That's quite the combination of courses! It's interesting to hear about the teacher's unions as well, especially since I'm so close to Minnesota. :)
I avoided religious music by not getting a vocal music degree. While it's true that religion is where music notation started, I think I'd die inside teaching religious music. There's a lot to be learned from the music side of religious music, if you can keep the text out of it. Fortunately, more secular music is being written all the time. I'm also strongly in favor of winter concerts instead of xmas concerts.