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.
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.