If you are passionate about music you should consider a music teacher career. Music teachers work as freelancers, private tutors or in public schoolsTeaching music involves teaching music to people of all ages and abilities. Your work will largely be determined by the kind of teaching you do. But the main points is that you will be expected to educate students on how to play instruments, train them for musical performances and exams, teach them how to sing.

How to become a music teacher

Your qualifications in following a music teacher career will largely be determined by the type of teaching you want to do.

Music Teacher career Types, description, information

To practice private music teaching, you may not require any professional qualifications.  All you need is exceptional musical skills and you are good to go. However, if you intend to get a job, it would be advisable to get a performer’s or teacher’s performance certification diploma or degree from a renowned music conservatoire.

To train music in a public school, you will need a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). For elementary school, you will be generally trained to teach all subjects but with emphasis in music. To teach high schools, you will be trained to teach music and another subject.

To teach music in a conservatoire, you will need postgraduate qualifications in music.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification to become a Music teacher.

The prerequisite to having a music teacher career is to have a diploma or degree in music. You will need to have a 2 A levels and 5 GCSEs which include music. The entrance exams for any music college or conservatoire include auditions where you have to play a major musical instrument. You should at least have a mean of 6 on playing the musical instrument to gain entry.

Conservatoires and college classes train music teacher trainees in choral techniques and instrumentals, history and literature of music,techniques for teaching diverse groups of students such as special needs students.

Schools and Colleges for a career in Music.

Some of the top music schools and Conservatoires include:

  • University of Reading- it offers classes in Music Teaching in Professional Practice (Mttp) which will allow you to do a postgraduate diploma in Music. The Mttp is a long distance course.
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Harvard University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

The best period to look for a music teacher career job is in summer and spring. Most vacant opportunities occur during this time since it is the period when most teachers are retiring or resigning for different reasons. Also, you should look in placement agencies if they have any vacancies as most schools tend to advertise with agencies for specialized subjects like music. Networking through music organizations like the Music TeachersNational Association will help you know when any job recruitment is happening.

The average pay if you are a fulltime music teacher in an elementary or high school is $50,000. Public schools pay more. Teaching music in college or university earns you $73,000.

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