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.
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.
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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How to become a Music Teacher
- 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).
- Before being able to work as a music teacher, you need to lodge an application for teacher registration in your state.
- 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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