Music Teacher Qualifications
The qualifications for becoming a music teacher vary depending on what level you would like to teach. Private music teachers have no educational requirements beyond their own musical aptitude and ability to pass on those skills. If you're looking to teach music at the K-12 level, you will need at least a bachelors degree in music and a teaching certification. You will often be required to gain proficiency in all the major instrument groups: strings, brass, wind, piano, and vocal, though you'll probably focus on a particular specialty. Certification will include courses such as child development, instruction, and classroom management. Those looking to teach at a college or conservatory will need to earn a masters degree in music. Your masters program will generally focus on a specialization of your choice such as composition, conducting, or performance.
To begin with, a music teacher must have a love of music and be an exceptional musician. The most successful teachers are skilled in a variety of instruments. As an effective teacher, you must have complete confidence in your musical ability. You must also be a good teacher, which will require patience, dedication, and understanding.
Most music teachers have some previous musical performance or teaching experience. They are often involved with community orchestra or local musical productions. If you go through teacher certification you will most likely end your training with a semester of student teaching. The experience gained through student teaching can be extremely valuable when it's time to begin your teaching career.
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