What does a music teacher do?
Music teachers provide vocal and instrumental instruction in classroom settings and expose students to a wide range of musical styles and instruments. They strive to help students gain an appreciation for music. They teach a variety of musical concepts such as the basic principles of music including melody, tempo, rhythm, pitch, and beat. They also teach music history and music in many different cultures. They teach students to play many different types of instruments and perform in a variety of ensembles. They organize and direct rehearsals and performances. Music teachers evaluate students’ class work, projects, assignments, and performances and provide feedback. They sometimes arrange field trips for students to attend musical presentations.
What kind of training does a music teacher need?
Music teachers usually need at least a bachelor degree in music education. Most aspiring music teachers have a significant musical background. Many music education programs require prospective students to complete a successful audition to be admitted into the program. Prospective music teachers typically complete courses in music education, music theory, psychology, and curriculum and instruction. They must also typically complete a student teaching experience. All states require public school teachers to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary, but usually include at least a bachelor degree in music education or related field and passing a series of examinations. Music teachers must complete continuing education courses on a regular basis to maintain their licenses and keep their skills up to date.
What are the prospects for a career as a music teacher?
Employment of all teachers, including music teachers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increased demand for music education will contribute to the job growth of music teachers.
Job prospects should be good, especially for music teachers with advanced education and extensive experience. Many job openings will stem from the need to replace music teachers that retire, transfer, or leave the occupation for other reasons.
How much do music teachers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for music teachers is $48,000; average annual music teacher salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a music teacher is a great choice for people with a strong interest in teaching music to a variety of students. Music teachers must have a solid understanding of music education and be able to employ a variety of teaching practices and procedures. Music teachers must be patient, creative, confident, motivating, and encouraging. They must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to relate to a variety of students, parents, other professionals, and the community.