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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.

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?

The most common salary  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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Duration 2 yrs - 9 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

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  • Written skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal skills
  • Accountability
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How do Music Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 23 Music Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of music
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Fun and great job.
The challenges
Sometimes you will be facing stressful.you will know how to deal with students and parents anway.
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Music
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Music
The good things
If you are passionate about teaching, teaching music can be very satisfying. Watching your students develop their skills and perform in ensembles, competitions and in festivals is very rewarding. To...
The challenges
The challenges that come with being a Music Teacher are being able to rectify technical issues with a student's playing in an engaging manner which they will practice. Working within a successful and...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
GRADUATE GRAD CERT OF MUSIC]
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
MUSIC TEACHING
The good things
1/ THE INTERACTION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE [MOSTLY] 2/THE FLEXIBILITY OF YOUR SCHEDULE 3/QUITE WELL PAID 4/ BE YOUR OWN BOSS
The challenges
1/ CAN BE DISAPOINTING WHEN TALENTED STUDENTS STOP LESSONS 2/ SOMEWHAT UNSTABLE. STUDENTS COME AND GO QUITE FREQUENTLY 3/ PRESSURE TO GET STUDENTS TO PRACTISE
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Music
The good things
Music is enjoyable and you get amazing work satisfaction from the smile on children's faces, the way you help them grow and achieve and the meaningful relationships you develop.
The challenges
Work life balance can be challenging as there will be lots of late night concerts, weekend rehearsals, trips away, school events etc. Being Head of Department means a lot of paperwork which is to fit ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Music Hons
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Music Secondary
The good things
Music teaching gives me a great deal of energy. It is inspiring to see students learn an instrument for the first time, perform for the class or the school (be excited and scared at the same time) and...
The challenges
Challenges It is very easy to get caught up in after hours performances, school productions and rehearsals - it is important to balance work and life. Can be tricky teaching twenty beginners on three ...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Great job, working and encouraging music students to go beyond their expectations.
The challenges
It is a long road and a life time to gain skills and experience but the remuneration does match the time and costs of studying musical instruments. A good instrument is easier to play but is more expe...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
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 ...
3 out of 5Oct 2018
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...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
English Teacher
The good things
It is so wonderful to see students who really appreciate the work that I have done. It's such a pleasure to teach students and to see them learn, grow and become more confident in their abilities.
The challenges
There are a lot of challenges including extra-long work hours and students who don't want to learn. You work, routinely, about 60 hours a week between paperwork and face-to-face teaching.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
I get to vary my lesson content to suit each class. I enjoy the kinasethetic nature of music with lots of rhythm games.
The challenges
My school timetable only gives me half an hour each week with each class. I have fifteen classes in two days, plus choir and ukulele group. i have to try hard to remember each student's name.
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What are the job opportunities for Music Teachers?

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Job opportunities

Music Teacher jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
7.1%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Secondary School Teachers
Latest Music Teacher jobs on SEEK
Orana Steiner School
ACT
Exciting opportunity to join our small dedicated team to help deliver a vibrant classroom music programme across the Primary and High School
Trinity College
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
An opportunity for an enthusiastic educator who is able to teach Music in Years 7–11. Full-time, Temporary role Semester 2, 2019 and Semester 1, 2020.
Wesley College Melbourne
Melbourne
Casual position for Term 2, at our St Kilda Road campus
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Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
PEGS seeks an engaging Piano Teacher for private tuition and Instrumental Music classes with primary and secondary students.
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