Teacher - Music


Music teachers develop students' interest in and appreciation of music through teaching theory, history and practical skills.

Duties & Tasks

Music teachers in secondary schools may perform the following tasks:

  • undertake general teaching tasks (see the separate entry for Teacher - Secondary)
  • illustrate basic musical concepts (timing and rhythm, for example) for students through activities such as playing recorded music or playing an instrument in class accompanied by students
  • design creative activities to allow students to experience different musical styles, interpret musical scores and compose their own music
  • teach music theory and history, including principles of harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis
  • provide aural training through the performance of music, talks and discussion, use of audiovisual equipment, practical music and written assignments
  • introduce individual students to particular instruments and assess students' needs in regard to instrumental training
  • arrange for and timetable regular visits by instrumental teachers
  • set up and conduct school choirs and orchestras, concert bands, rock bands and jazz ensembles
  • organise student concerts and invite visiting musicians to schools for concerts and performance classes
  • organise the repair, servicing and replacement of instruments and equipment
  • teach and develop individual student skills in computer-designed music.


Instrumental Teacher

An instrumental teacher visits schools to teach individual or groups of students particular instruments and prepare them for music examinations. They may be employees of the Department of Education or privately employed. Instrumental teachers employed by the Department of Education are required to have formal qualifications. Instrumental teachers working in private schools may or may not require formal qualifications.

Private Music Teacher

A private music teacher usually specialises in teaching one instrument and may prepare pupils for examinations set by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Most private music teaching is done in the evenings or on weekends. It usually happens in the teacher's home or in the home of their student. Computer skills are an advantage for classroom work.

Personal Requirements

  • high degree of proficiency in at least one instrument
  • enthusiasm for music and teaching
  • good organisational skills
  • able to communicate musical concepts and instructions clearly
  • patient when dealing with students of differing abilities
  • prepared to work outside of school hours.

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