Education & Training

Music Teacher

Music teachers provide instrumental, vocal and practical and theoretical music training for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Music Teacher do?

Music teachers provide instrumental, vocal and practical and theoretical music training for children and adults of all ages and abilities. They may teach different musical skills to either individuals or groups.


Work activities

As a music teacher, your might:.

  • plan individual lessons and overall schemes of work for pupils;
  • develop knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development
  • teach individual and/or group lessons
  • teach ear training and theory, as well as instrumental technique and interpretation
  • enter students for musical examinations
  • work alongside classroom teachers on music activities
  • set assignments and mark and assess pupil's work
  • communicate with parents about their child's lessons and progress
  • arrange and attend performance opportunities for your pupils
  • prepare pupils for performances, examinations, auditions and festivals
  • support students in their use of music technology, keeping up to date with music software tools
  • plan and work on your own professional development by gaining further teaching qualifications and continuing your own performance activity.

Key skills and interests

To become a music teacher, you would need:

  • enthusiasm for music and the ability to motivate pupils
  • a good knowledge of a range of musical styles
  • skills in playing an instrument or singing
  • teaching skills
  • a patient and encouraging approach
  • good communication skills
  • computer skills, if you work in an educational environment.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a private teacher, you would work hours to suit your clients, mostly in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends.

In a school, you would usually work normal school hours, Monday to Friday. You would need to attend school concerts and musical performances after school, at nighttime, and occasionally at weekends.

In further education colleges, you could work full-or part-time hours, and in adult education centres you would teach part-time courses during the day or evening.


As a private music teacher, you would usually need to travel between different teaching and performance venues, including to clients' homes. You would likely need a current drivers' licence.


How to become an Music Teacher?

Entry Level Education

If you have exceptional musical skills you may be able to become a private music teacher without qualifications. Studying towards a recognised qualification could improve your chances of finding employment and improve your professional status. Membership of a Music Teachers' Association may also be an advantage.

To work as a music teacher in an educational institution, you usually have to complete a degree in education, specialising in music or performing arts. Alternatively, you can undertake a music degree or an arts degree majoring in music, followed by a postgraduate qualification in education or teaching. You must then meet the accreditation requirements for teachers in the state(s) in which you work.

To get into degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent and have Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) qualifications. English, mathematics and music would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university. You may also be required to attend an audition or interview, or complete a music theory proficiency test.

You may need to obtain a Working with Children Check or equivalent. A National Police Certificate may also be required.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment opportunities for music teachers are expected to remain neutral.

Opportunities for school-based teachers in government schools is reliant on government funding, as well as teacher resignation and retirement rates. More funding may be available for positions in non-government schools.

Opportunities for private music teachers depend on the ability of music students to pay fees and on the teacher's ability to promote their services.


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