What does a Music Teacher do?

Music teachers are responsible for teaching people instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading, and music theory. The majority of music teachers help students prepare for music examinations, auditions, and live performances. Music teachers can work in schools, community centers, music shops, people's homes and public institutions, such as hospitals and prisons. They may even work on a freelance basis which can offer more freedom.

A bachelor's degree in Music Education along with high musical competence and proficiency of a musical instrument is required for music teacher positions. Successful music teachers are passionate and possess excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

What responsibilities are common for Music Teacher jobs?
  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students' needs and examination syllabuses
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to pupils entering and preparing pupils for examinations
  • Acquire appropriate teaching materials and resources
  • Motivate pupils and encourage progress
  • Create and maintain a network of contacts to ensure work continuity
  • Communicate with academic staff and parents
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of examination requirements
  • Assess pupils' abilities, providing feedback and writing reports
What are the typical qualifications for Music Teacher jobs?
  • Evidence of enrollment in an accredited college/university in completing a state-approved teacher preparation program within 3 years of the date of hire or in the field experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Confident in leading a classroom of students
  • Able to pass a drug test, fingerprints, and local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to lift 25-50 pounds multiple times a day
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Music Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,699 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$33K
Median: $62K
$115K
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Music Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become a Music Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Music Teacher
$61,699/yr
L3
Music Teacher III
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
19%
5 - 7
5%
8+
63%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Music Teacher Insights

Read what Music Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Youth VillagesYouth Villages
Teacher Counselor
Apr 10, 2022

“There are many classes and resources to use to better your skillsets both professional and personal.”

Ontario Conservatory of MusicOntario Conservatory of Music
Piano Teacher
Mar 14, 2021

“Being an instructor here is a very satisfying and fulfilling career because I get to practice my love for music while earning a good salary.”

BYJU'SBYJU'S
Piano Teacher/Instructor
Feb 18, 2022

“Overall i would like to sat that it is the best place to work and learn if you have the true passion for teaching.”

Springbank Primary School Springbank Primary School
Music Teacher
Feb 20, 2021

“Great place to work and friendly”

PiggyRidePiggyRide
Piano Teacher
May 24, 2021

“Well mannered staff and honest .”

Yuma Union High School District No 70Yuma Union High School District No 70
Music Teacher
Mar 18, 2022

“district communication was inconsistent and difficult.”

Beijing Haidian International School
Elementary School Music Teacher
May 2, 2020

“They really don't have any office supplies and you really need your own computer and printer to work here.”

Superba VoxSuperba Vox
Piano and Voice Teacher
Nov 6, 2021

“I am supported in my activities but I am also independent and feel "my own boss."”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of music teachers

Music teachers may instruct individual students in singing or playing instruments, or they may teach classes at the primary or secondary level. A typical day of a music teacher might also involve spending time teaching theory, composition, and music history.

An advantage of working as a music teacher is the variety of opportunities in a teaching environment, student ability, and place of employment. Some music teachers are able to set their own hours and teach out of their homes or studio space, allowing them to set their own schedules.

The average salary for a music teacher in the U.S. is $61,699 per year, and pay can range from $33,043 per year to $115,203 per year. Salary can vary depending on the type of music taught, the institution, and the experience level of the teacher.

As with any job, there are some difficult aspects about being a music teacher. In school environments they spend long hours on their feet. Becoming a music teacher on a freelance basis can offer freedom but also job and pay uncertainty. These professionals may also need to meet with parents and students after school hours.

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