Music teachers develop students' interest in and appreciation of music through teaching theory, history and practical skills.
To become a music teacher you usually have to complete a degree in education, specialising in music or performing arts. Alternatively, you can undertake a music degree or an arts degree majoring in music, followed by a postgraduate qualification in education or teaching. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and have AMEB qualifications. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and music are normally required. Applicants may also be required to submit a folio, attend an audition or interview, or complete a music theory proficiency test. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. A number of universities in Australia offer postgraduate courses in education and teaching. They may be available by distance education. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks. No formal qualifications are required to be a private music teacher, but they may be an advantage.
Music teachers in secondary schools may perform the following tasks:
Employment opportunities for school-based teachers may arise in government and non-government schools, and overseas. Demand for this occupation is mainly dependent on government funding, as well as teacher resignation and retirement rates. Opportunities may be enhanced for teachers willing to work in remote or rural locations. Opportunities for private music teachers depend on the ability of families to pay the fees and teachersâ€™ ability to promote their services. Music teachers may teach groups of students ranging from pre-school through to university, or they may work with individual students. Employment opportunities are enhanced for music teachers who keep up to date with instrumental technology and sound reinforcement systems.
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.
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.