Do you love music and sharing that passion with others?
Then becoming a music teacher could strike just the right chord with you!
What Kinds Of Music Teachers Are There?
As a music teacher, you could find your rhythm in several different teaching roles.
School music teacher
Teach large groups of students
Teach music theory, history, and practice
Direct school bands or choirs
Private instrumental or vocal tutor
Provide one-on-one instruction
Teach a particular instrument, group of instruments, or singing
Teach in your home, students’ homes, or at different institutions
Music theory instructor
Focus on the academic side of music
Teach topics such as musical notation, harmony, and counterpoint
Teach music in colleges or universities
Community music teacher
Teach groups of various ages and skill-levels
Organize musical events in your local area
Make music accessible and enjoyable for everyone
What Experience and Skills Will I Need?
Strong ability in at least one instrument
Knowledge of a range of musical genres and styles (or a specialist in one style)
Education and Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree in music, music education, or a related field
Strong communication skills: you might be working with a wide range of students
Patience and adaptability: to adapt your teaching style to meet the needs of different students
Organizational skills: to keep track of each student's progress and plan lessons
You'll Love It If…
You're patient, empathetic, and a good communicator
You're creative and adaptive — you can think on your feet and change your approach to meet different students' needs
You enjoy it when every day is different from the last
This Might Not Be Your Jam If…
You prefer working by yourself
You want to be a millionaire
You like a predictable schedule and routine
How Note-Worthy Is The Pay?
The salary for music teachers can vary greatly depending on:
type of teaching
qualifications and experience
In the U.S., the average salary is $45,765 (USD).
In Canada, the average salary is $63,019 (CAD).
Who Should Step Up To The Stage?
Enjoys working alone
Likes a fixed routine
Doesn’t like uncertainty
Wants to earn $100,000 a year
Loves working with a range of people
Is patient and understanding
Who sounds like they’re most suited to becoming a music teacher?
Does becoming a music teacher sound like music to your ears?