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How to become a music teacher

Updated on July 4, 2011

What are the benefits of teaching music?

Becoming a music teacher is a fantastic idea. If you have a passion for music or a musical talent to share then why not allow others to learn from you and excel? Not only is it rewarding to become a music teacher but it is expressive and enjoyable.

To give a new learner, young or old, the chance to develop new skills and present them to the world is an outstanding gift. Watching your student gain exposure and improve as each day passes because of your help is deeply rewarding.

Who can become a music teacher?

If you have a passion for music, a musical talent and much perseverance then you can become a music teacher!

Imagine how it would feel to teach a student and watch them go on to take on a successful music career?

It would be brilliant. Make a difference and use your talent to benefit others.

There are certain skills required to become a music teacher, however if you do not hold them it is never too late to learn and take it to the next level. Take a look at the following requirements and qualifications that are regularly needed for music teachers to gain respected students and have a thriving business.

Skills required to become a music teacher

  • If you are thinking about teaching music as a career then you should already have a good amount of knowledge about musical history, instruments, sounds and an overall understanding of music.
  • You should be comfortable performing and producing talks in front of groups of people.
  • Ensure you hold a unique learning style that you can implement into the teaching of your students. You also need a good deal of patience when teaching different people.
  • You must be very self-motivated, passionate, friendly and trustworthy. Your student must feel comfortable around you if they are to learn well.
  • Understand which age range of people you wish to teach. This is important in planning how you will teach each individual and what techniques you will use to do so.

What qualifications must you possess to become a music teacher?

There are some areas of an educational past in music that you should be familiar with if you wish to pass on wisdom to others who hope to excel in the same industry. Take a look at the following. If you possess these qualifications then great. If not, take a class and learn. It will be worth it.

  • Holding a Bachelor's degree in musical education is an important qualification to hold as many schools will not take on a teacher without these requirements. Gain your students trust in you by proving you have experience to share.There are many courses and classes that can help you to gain this qualification if you do not already have it.
  • A Master's degree in musical education is respectable on your CV. You can be assured that you'll be taken seriously and have a strong link of students if you show this fantastic skill.

Aside from these qualifications you need to be focused and determined. Do not lose patience when teaching, as it can be difficult for slow learners. Understand each individuals ability and use learning techniques. It is vital to have a job you enjoy otherwise it may be taxing on you and your family. This is your chance to share your gift and make your hobby your business by learning how to become a music teacher.


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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Good sound advice. I always believe in encouraging others to do what they have a passion for. Teaching music, or any other subject, is very rewarding. Thanks for reinforcing the importance of teaching.