Hello I just got hired as a music teacher at a 6th-12th school in NM. I was hired Oct 1st of this year (2014). The previous teacher decided to bail and quit mid semester. This was a mystery to me at first, but it all made sense once I started working here. As the music teacher here I am expected to teach band, choir, violin, guitar, and mariachi. I am the only music teacher for both middle and high school. The middle school is set at seven 45min periods a day; they have the same classes every day. The high school is set at block schedule. This all yields a ridiculous schedule for the music teacher. Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday I teach both middle school and high school. I start the day with a middle school class which is followed by my 40min prep time which starts at 9:00am. After the 40 minute prep, I teach all day with no lunch break and my classes start to overlap (this scheduling doesn't really seem legal, I'm not too sure though). I teach a high school class, and in the middle of their period a middle school class walks in, an in the middle of the middle school period the next high school class comes in. This scheduling makes me dread these "A" days. The "B" days I only have to teach middle school; so these days are fine. I have no experience teaching choir prior to this job. I thought I would be able to considering I was in choir during college; but I have learned that I am not a great choir teacher and feel like I am not cut out to teach this discipline. I feel comfortable with all the other disciplines. What makes this worse is that none of my choir students are interested in music; they were all "thrown in" the class. I asked a student a simple question about rhythm yesterday and she told me, "I don't know, I don't pay attention in class and I don't care about music." Today is the first basketball game and the administration is going to want me to have a pep band play at the home games. This would be an easy task if I had more students in band. I have 6 students in my beginning band, 4 in my HS concert band, and 3 (one special ed) in my MS concert band. Usually for a pep band you gather some students from your already existing band and have them learn the simple pep band music. I only have two students from my beginning band that were interested and signed up, the rest of my students in pep band have never played in instrument and don't know how to read music. Because I got hired in October I had a late start on this pep band. So my beginning pep band is not ready to play the simple pep band songs or the difficult school song. This is all causing me a great deal of stress. I have lost motivation to teach and I am forcing myself at this point. I have a bad feeling this is taking a toll on my mental health; I'm considering going to the doctor because I'm really starting to feel depressed. Should I quit as soon as possible? Should I tough it out until the summer comes? Should I tell the principal that I can't have a pep band ready for the games? Thanks for reading all the way through.