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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.
  • 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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