What’s the Idea?
Become a music teacher with this basic guide on how to get into teaching music.
What’s the story
I became a music teacher by teaching people throughout my music career.
However this have never been on a full-time basis at a school or college. .
And it’s not just music theory but also to play the flute too.
People should do this because…?
Becoming a music teacher is incredibly rewarding.
Music gives people confidence, cognitive abilities and creativity.
And this means you can watch these qualities develop in someone.
Knowing that you have been a part of that through teaching them music is incredible.
How do you do it?
Have a huge passion for music
To become a music teacher you must be passionate about music.
This is fundamental because without you wont be able to pass on that passion to your students.
And you won’t enjoy the years of hard work and study you will need to get started.
Become proficient at an instrument/voice
To understand the journey of learning music you have to experience it yourself first.
This means you need to so through the steps of becoming a musician first before you can guide someone else through it.
To becoming a music teacher you will need to hold qualifications at a high level.
It is advisable to gain GCSE’s, A Levels and a Degree in Music
You will also need to hold qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in England.
However if you already have a degree, you can complete a postgraduate teacher training course to achieve this.
To teach at primary school level, you would be trained to teach all subjects, and develop a specialist topic in music.
And you will need to have a GCSE at grade C in Maths and English, as well as Science if you want to teach primary.
Previous experience in a teaching environment and showing your enthusiasm for music will look great on your CV.
Ask your local schools/colleges/universities if there are any work experience positions available
And take every opportunity offered to you.
Another way you can gain experience is to help local music authorities organise concerts.
This will show your passion and ability to work with individuals and groups of people.
Build relevant skills
To become a good music teacher you should possess the following:
- In depth musical knowledge
- Effective communication skills
- Good teaching skills
- Strong organisational skills
- Motivational skills
- Knowledge of how to run a business
- Good administrative skills
Let go of your ego
To become a music teacher you need to learn that it’s not about you.
Teaching is about gifting your knowledge to others.
And encouraging them to develop their skills and inspiring them with your passion.