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Music Teacher

Overview: Music teachers are employed in public and private educational settings. They teach music knowledge and skills. They prepare students for concert performances, class musicals or plays and musical competition. They give individual and group lessons for instruments and choral performances.
Duties: They teach music knowledge and skills to individuals and groups in grade schools, high schools, colleges/universities, and music conservatories. They often provide private tutoring lessons.

They often emphasize teaching in different areas or techniques such as band or orchestral music, in vocal and choral music, and in a variety of specialized instruments.

They organize class musicals that include the audition and selection of students for the parts to be played, conduct rehearsals and promote audience attendance.

They may prepare students for musical competitions, compose musical pieces, and may use musical and psychological therapeutic techniques to improve the mental and physical health of clients.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Music Production 
Job Outlook: Employment of music teachers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. The number of teachers employed is dependent on State and local expenditures for education and on the enactment of legislation to increase the quality and scope of public education.
Starting Salary: Experienced music school teachers can earn an additional money from private tutoring.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $37,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: Music teachers require formal training in music education leading to a bachelor's degree or a master's degree. Music education programs typically combine classroom music studies with in-school teaching experience. Admission to music schools generally require a solo performance, skills evaluation and a personal interview.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.