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Music Teacher Job Description
Many people do not just love listening to music but want to play musical instruments or sing. Some wish to learn playing music for fun and some may want to pursue a career in music. They may take the help of a music teacher to teach them how to play an instrument of their choice or how to exercise their vocal cords to produce soothing music. A music teacher helps individuals or groups learn to play musical instruments. Music teachers work in schools, colleges, university, recording studios, music conservatories or homes of students.
A music teacher teaches the basic principles of music to beginners and higher nuances of music to those that have already acquired knowledge of basics of music. Their duties may have to:
1) Train students individually at their homes in a specific instrument.
2) Train a student vocally.
3) Train groups of school, college or university students.
4) Conduct rehearsals for students and prepare them for various events.
5) Work with glee clubs. Train members of school band, choir, orchestra and marching band for particular events.
6) Explain junior learners about basic of various musical instruments like bongos and tambourines.
7) Explain about stringed instruments to senior students. Students also learn about instruments belonging to the brass and percussion families. Guitars, pianos, xylophones, violins and flutes etc. are some of the instruments that a music teacher deals with.
8) Music teachers encourage students to sing along as they play music often stopping them to point where they are going wrong in terms of melody, beat or tempo.
Knowledge and Skills:
1) Complete mastery of playing one or more instruments.
2) Excellent stage presence and demonstrative ability.
3) Good at spotting gaps in a studentís learning.
4) Have patience as students may take time and need repetitive instructions to learn something.
Educational Qualification and Experience:
1) A music teacher need not have any formal qualifications for giving private lessons. But they must have learnt music well from an accomplished music teacher or maestro. They must have years of music instrument playing experience.
2) Teaching music at college and university level requires a masterís or doctoral degree and some years of music teaching experience. A degree in music and a State certification enables a candidate to apply for teaching positions in schools. Music courses include musical theory, music interpretation and composition.
Salary and Benefits:
1) According to Payscale.com a music teacher earns salaries in the range of $31,120-$51,612.
2) Music teachers giving private lessons may negotiate for benefits. Employed music teachers are entitled for benefits as determined by their employing organization.