Ichabod Crane has two jobs. His main profession is that of schoolmaster in the Sleepy Hollow schoolhouse. He is a strict teacher who is not afraid to use a birch on the unruly if he deems it necessary, but he is also encouraging to his students. However, Ichabod makes very little money as a schoolmaster. This is a problem for him, as he has a large appetite for delicious food and desires to have more money. To subsidize his meager earnings as a schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane has a second job teaching singing lessons. He takes great pride in his singing voice, and is eager to display it at church each week. He teaches psalmody to local young people, for which he is paid in shillings.