Summary: Music teachers instruct a person or a group of people to improve their singing voice, learn a particular instrument, discover music history and appreciate various types of music. A music teacher maybe employed by a school or university, or work freelance.
Duties: A music teacher directs school chorales, choirs, orchestras, and marching bands. They teach students about the technical aspects of music and evaluate their performances. He/she encourages students to learn and appreciate music of all kinds. Music teachers instruct students about tempo, pitch, rhythm, scales, chords, notations, and to some extent even the history of the art of music. Other tasks of a music teachers include: evaluating and grading students’ performances; explaining and demonstrating artistic techniques; organizing performance groups; keeping up to date with latest developments in their specific field; advising students on future careers; and selecting and obtaining materials such as textbooks and performance pieces.
Education and Training Requirements: No formal education is required of a music teacher although general knowledge of a variety of instruments as well as mastery of a specific field should be attained. Some schools on the other hand require music teachers to have a bachelor’s degree in music education as well as a state certification. Music teachers usually have spent many years performing and studying in schools and conservatories mastering their forte. Good communications is also essential in order to instruct their students in the clearest way possible.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements: No matter what kind of teaching music teachers provide, a love for music is always essential as it is the core of the job. Patience and the willingness to teach is also important as loads of instruction and practice will take place. Communication and interpersonal skills are also vital in order to teach the correct practices and procedures to the students.
Working Conditions: Music teachers may choose to work full-time or part-time. They may work in a studio, grade schools, high schools, universities, colleges or in music conservatories. They may also opt to work in their respective homes and in the homes of their students during private lessons. They have flexible schedules as lesson times may vary and they usually work weekends or evenings doing performances.
Salary: Earnings of music teachers vary depending on the type of teaching, the number of hours worked, and the music teacher’s level of experience. Average annual earnings of a music teacher will be $48,000.