Profession music teacher

Music teachers teach students in the practice, theory and performance of music outside the mainstream primary, secondary and higher education systems, but may provide private or small group tuition as an extra curricular activity in association with mainstream educational institutions.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic

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Knowledge

  • Musical genres

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

  • Musical instruments

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

  • Musical theory

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

  • Musical notation

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observe student's progress

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

  • 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.

  • Consult students on learning content

    Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist students in their learning

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

  • Develop a coaching style

    Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.

  • Motivate others

    Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.

  • Play musical instruments

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

  • 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.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

  • Prepare lesson content

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

  • Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts

    Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.

  • 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.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Bring out performers’ artistic potential

    Encourage performers' initiative and encourage them to observe and listen to one another. Create a context for exploration, improvisation, phrasing permutations, phrasing demonstrations, deconstruction of the material, use of tools and props.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform exercises for artistic performance balance participants' personal needs with group needs develop artistic project budgets develop professional network supervise music groups assessment processes organise musical events learning difficulties history of musical instruments keep personal administration perform classroom management improvise music orchestrate music manage resources for educational purposes define artistic approach curriculum objectives breathing techniques assist students with equipment transpose music vocal techniques facilitate teamwork between students movement techniques maintain musical instruments teamwork principles develop curriculum coordinate artistic production develop educational activities music literature

Common job titles

  • Teaching artists
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