Profession music teacher secondary school

Music teachers at secondary schools provide education to students, commonly children and young adults, in a secondary school setting. They are usually subject teachers, specialised and instructing in their own field of study, music. They prepare lesson plans and materials, monitor the students’ progress, assist individually when necessary, and evaluate the students’ knowledge and performance on the subject of music through assignments, tests and examinations.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Musical genres

    Different musical styles and genres such as blues, jazz, reggae, rock, or indie.

  • Post-secondary school procedures

    The inner workings of a post-secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.

  • Musical theory

    The body of interrelated concepts that constitutes the theoretical background of music.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • Musical notation

    The systems used to visually represent music through the use of written symbols, including ancient or modern musical symbols.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

Skills

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Assess students

    Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.

  • Assign homework

    Provide additional exercises and assignments that the students will prepare at home, explain them in a clear way, and determine the deadline and evaluation method.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Liaise with educational staff

    Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students' well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.

  • Maintain students' discipline

    Make sure students follow the rules and code of behaviour established in the school and take the appropriate measures in case of violation or misbehaviour.

  • Secondary school procedures

    The inner workings of a secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.

  • Apply intercultural teaching strategies

    Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.

  • Develop course outline

    Research and establish an outline of the course to be taught and calculate a time frame for the instructional plan in accordance with school regulations and curriculum objectives.

  • Monitor developments in field of expertise

    Keep up with new research, regulations, and other significant changes, labour market related or otherwise, occurring within the field of specialisation.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Liaise with educational support staff

    Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students' well-being.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • Monitor student's behaviour

    Supervise the student's social behaviour to discover anything unusual. Help solve any issues if necessary.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Teach music principles

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of music, whether recreationally, as part of their general education, or with the aim of assisting them in pursuing a future career in this field. Offer corrections while instructing them in courses such as the history of music, reading music scores, and playing a musical instrument (including voice) of specialisation.

  • Employ pedagogic strategies to facilitate creative engagement

    Communicate to others on devising and facilitating creative processes through the use of a range of tasks and activities appropriate to the target group.

  • Play musical instruments

    Manipulate purpose-built or improvised instruments to produce musical sounds.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Compile course material

    Write, select or recommend a syllabus of learning material for the students enrolled in the course.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Demonstrate a technical foundation in musical instruments

    Demonstrate an appropriate foundation on the technical workings and terminology of musical instruments such as voice, piano, guitar, and percussion.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

Optional knowledge and skills

read musical score manage resources for educational purposes assist students with equipment learning difficulties recognise indicators of gifted student work with virtual learning environments identify cross-curricular links with other subject areas keep records of attendance identify learning disorders orchestrate music improvise music prepare youths for adulthood music literature escort students on a field trip supervise music groups perform playground surveillance disability types oversee extra-curricular activities consult student's support system arrange parent teacher conference monitor educational developments provide lesson materials history of musical instruments adolescent socialisation behaviour assist in the organisation of school events maintain musical instruments facilitate teamwork between students