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Music Teacher

Enhance and develop students’ interest in music through practical skills, performance, composition, theory and music history.

What's it like to be a Music Teacher?

Music Teachers are qualified secondary school teachers who enhance and develop students' interest in music by teaching practical skills, performance, composition, theory and music history.

Music Teacher

Tasks and duties

  • Meet state curriculum requirements by teaching musical concepts, introducing students to particular instruments and design activities whereby they can experience different musical styles.
  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective music education by exposing students to musical theory and history, playing instruments, singing and opportunities to compose their own music.
  • Organise performances, student concerts, choirs, orchestras and ensembles.
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Music Teachers usually need to have a high degree of proficiency in at least one instrument and must be able to communicate musical concepts and instructions clearly.

Music Teachers are usually required to attend staff meetings, parent-teacher interviews and supervise extra curricular activities as required out of school hours.

What can I earn as a Music Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Music Teacher is between $95k and $110k

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How to become a Music Teacher


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To become a teacher specialising in music in Australia, you’ll need a relevant tertiary degree. Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) qualifications are usually also required.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of education. This is typically a Bachelor of Education (Primary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Ensure that the course has Initial Teacher Education (ITE) approval. Alternatively complete a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) followed by a Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary).
  2. Before being able to work as a music teacher, you need to lodge an application for teacher registration in your state.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for music teachers, such as becoming a music coordinator, instrumental teacher or private music teacher.

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a Teacher in Primary Schools.

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How do Music Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 23 Music Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.5
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Instrumental music teaching provides me with the freedom and the flexibility to live a life that I love.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Philosophy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Teaching instrumental music provides you with an opportunity to be uniquely flexible. You are a jack of all trades, master of some. Constantly learning and revising your approach to teaching. The di...
The challenges
The challenges of IM teaching are almost exactly the same as the benefits. That flexibility and lack of consistency is something that people can love, or something that can really impact their mental ...
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Oct 2018
If music is your passion, be careful when choosing a teaching career. It requires a lot of self care and patience.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Leadership
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Classroom Teacher and Piano Teacher
The good things
Life as a performing artist can be tough finding gigs so teaching is a good alternative especially if you have a salaried position.
The challenges
Demands often include working late into the evening, being on call for spontaneous accompanying and having to cope with student absences and timetable changes can be tedious. A music teaching role ma...
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Working hours for Music Teachers

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What are the job opportunities for Music Teachers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
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