Music teachers work in the education and training sector in a variety of roles. They have to be qualified, well-trained and versatile in order to teach in a number of settings.
There are two main types of music teacher:
- Classroom music teachers working in schools and colleges
- Visiting or private instrumental/vocal teachers.
Both classroom and private music teachers enable pupils (both children and adults) to develop their musical skills. This could be in a number of different areas of music. Activities which can be taught are: performing (including improvising), composing, arranging, listening and appraising.
Music teachers can work in different institutions. This could be a school, college, university, private home or youth and community organisation. They provide specialised training, yet they must also be able to think about education more generally.
In schools, music teachers give knowledge on all aspects of music as part of the National Curriculum. They may also organise and direct school choirs, bands, orchestras and other ensembles, and organise concerts, shows and other musical events. They may have responsibility for visiting music teachers and arrange concert trips. They may also prepare students for exams such as GCSE, AS and A level and other qualifications.
Visiting peripatetic instrumental/vocal teachers often work within a local music service. They teach music through instrumental and vocal lessons usually given either to small groups or individual learners. They may also be involved with whole class teaching. Private instrumental/vocal teachers usually teach small groups or individuals often in private homes though not exclusively. Music teachers may also organise and direct groups such as choirs, bands, orchestras, and other groups.