Music teachers may work in schools and colleges or as
private or freelance teachers. Both types of work require
both musical and teaching ability.
Private teachers teach on a one-to-one or small group basis, usually either from home or in the pupil's home. Their work may range from teaching beginners to giving refresher lessons to top performers, and involves planning lessons to suit the individual needs of each pupil. They often help pupils prepare for music examinations, competitions and performances. Many musicians combine musical performance with some kind of teaching, including being involved in musician-in- residence schemes.
Music is a compulsory subject in the UK for all pupils from 5 to 14 and secondary schools usually have at least one music specialist on the staff. In primary schools class teachers cover all curriculum subjects, but there will usually be a music specialist on the staff. Music teachers in schools are often supported by visiting teachers who give individual or group tuition.
See the Singing Teacher profile for more information on this role.
Music teachers in schools normally work school hours
from Monday to Friday. They may also teach individual
pupils or run rehearsals or music groups after school
hours and occasionally at weekends. Private lessons
may be at any time to suit the client group.
Freelance music teachers may spend time travelling between different teaching venues, so a driving licence is useful.
To be a music teacher you should:
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