What does a Music Teacher do?

Music teachers are responsible for teaching people instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading, and music theory. The majority of music teachers help students prepare for music examinations, auditions, and live performances. Music teachers can work in schools, community centers, music shops, people's homes and public institutions, such as hospitals and prisons. They may even work on a freelance basis which can offer more freedom.

A bachelor's degree in Music Education along with high musical competence and proficiency of a musical instrument is required for music teacher positions. Successful music teachers are passionate and possess excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students' needs and examination syllabuses
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to pupils entering and preparing pupils for examinations
  • Acquire appropriate teaching materials and resources
  • Motivate pupils and encourage progress
  • Create and maintain a network of contacts to ensure work continuity
  • Communicate with academic staff and parents
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of examination requirements
  • Assess pupils' abilities, providing feedback and writing reports
  • Evidence of enrollment in an accredited college/university in completing a state-approved teacher preparation program within 3 years of the date of hire or in the field experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Confident in leading a classroom of students
  • Able to pass a drug test, fingerprints, and local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to lift 25-50 pounds multiple times a day
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Music Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹27,334 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹27T
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Music Teacher Career Path

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Springbank Primary School Springbank Primary School
Music Teacher
20 Feb 2021

“Great place to work and friendly”

Piano Teacher
24 May 2021

“Well mannered staff and honest .”

Superba VoxSuperba Vox
Piano and Voice Teacher
6 Nov 2021

“I am supported in my activities but I am also independent and feel "my own boss."”

Beijing Haidian International School
Elementary School Music Teacher
2 May 2020

“They really don't have any office supplies and you really need your own computer and printer to work here.”

Bi-County ServicesBi-County Services
Music Therapy
20 Nov 2020

“Rewarding work and good supervisors”

True View Windows & GlassTrue View Windows & Glass
Private Music Lessons Instructor
1 Jul 2021

“Wonderful people to work with and get to work outside on quick jobs.”

Los Angeles USDLos Angeles USD
Music Educator
17 Mar 2021

“Good professional development opportunities within the district and sometimes even nationally.”

Open 2 MusicOpen 2 Music
Piano Teacher
23 Mar 2021

“Little pay and almost no chance of career progression.”

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