At Community Music, ‘I Want To Be A Music Teacher’ or ‘I Want To Teach Music’ are statements that get brought up quite a lot.
Although it is not unrealistic to want to become a music teacher, being mentally prepared for this career path is the thing that will actually gear you forward to becoming one.
So, we are here to ask you some questions that you may not have thought about, hopefully helping you to a clearer vision, enabling you to embark on your journey towards becoming a music teacher.
Firstly, this may be the most obvious question but it it will probably be the hardest one to answer. And that is:
‘For the money’ is not a legitimate answer.
If that was your first though, then teaching probably isn’t for you. Sorry!
Think about the first time you said to yourself “I want to be a music teacher’?
Once you have established why you want to become a music teacher, the following questions will hone in on the specifics of music teaching.
Next up is:
Different levels of teaching require different levels of qualification in order to do so.
Check out our post ‘How Long Does It Take To Become A Music Teacher’ which gives you a breakdown of what qualifications you need for different types of teaching and how long it takes to acquire them.
You may want to teach according to a curriculum in Schools where the maximum difficulty level is set. Or you may want to teach an 18+ music technology course where students can surpass the basic understanding very quickly and start testing your knowledge.
This leads on nicely to the next question:
The word ‘enough’ in this sense, means that you have sufficient experiences within that topic as well as the knowledge, being able to reference real life situations to back up what you are teaching.
- Do you want to teach in terms and semesters (Schools, Colleges, Universities) over a year or 2?
- Or would you prefer teaching an intensive weekend course?
- Or would you rather teach a student on a particular instrument 1 evening a week?
You may prefer teaching one to one. Or you may thrive in the element of teaching to a large number of people on a subject you’re passionate about.
It depends on how you feel you teach best. Some people are great teachers in small classes but get nervous and shy in front of larger groups.
For teaching in schools, you will be teaching to age ranges and not by ability & in many cases, people who may not even care about the subject. For certain age ranges, you will also need an enhanced DBS check. Saying ‘I want to be a music teacher’ comes with all of these other questions and more. You may feel that you’re ready to teach so now is the time to think about all the rest that comes with it.
You need to be mentally prepared for a career in teaching so it’s best to get a head start now!
Saying ‘I want to be a music teacher’ is a great start to becoming one BUT as you are probably well aware after this post, there is a lot more to think about.
If you managed to answer these questions with ease, then you are probably ready to start your new career path.
So get yourself qualified!
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