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Rather it is producing a harmonious senior high choir performance or instructing the elementary band in their first performance of “Merry had a Little Lamb,” music teachers create performances that highlight the musical ability and dedication of students.
Music educators need a bachelor’s degree in music education to be properly certified.
The certification process for music education varies according to the state. In some states certification is given for k-12. Other states require a concentration like vocal or instrumental.
The average music teacher earns a salary of US$48,000 as of 2010 according to Indeed.com. Extra pay may be provided for supplement positions like show choir director and jazz band instructor if these activities occur outside of the normal school day.
In small school districts, music educators may be responsible for a wide variety of classes ranging from elementary to high school. Travel between buildings is often required Teachers in larger districts may have a smaller area of focus.
Often in charge of 100 students or more at a given time, music instructors must be able to effectively manage their classrooms. At times, the instructor will need to work with one section of the choir or band while the other students patiently wait. It is imperative that respectful procedures and expectations are established by the music teacher.
At the elementary level, general music classes are often part of the required curriculum. Middle school and high school students may also be responsible for successfully completing a given amount of music credits. In these general music classes, some students may not have an interest in music. The teacher needs to create lessons that will engage students of various musical abilities. Exposing students to a wide variety of music methods and genres will help keep the class engaged.
Band, orchestra, and choir classes are typically elective classes. Therefore, the instructor has the advantage of teaching students who have a desire to be in the class. Multiple performances a year are typically required of bands and choirs. Some competitions may require travel. Marching band performances take time on Friday nights. After school practices may be required in addition to the normal teaching day.
Music teachers have a wide variety of responsibilities. They must pick appropriate music for their students to perform. Sometimes try outs are held for solos or seating positions. The instrumental teacher must have a wide knowledge base of all the instruments. Individual, small group, and whole group instruction is provided.
Time must be spent analyzing practice and performance tapes to identify ways the group can improve. Assessments are usually performance based, and music teachers must work to develop a fair grading system.
Music teachers often work together with a music boosters program that is run by dedicated parents and community members. Fundraisers are typically needed to help support music programs, and the music teachers are actively involved in organizing and implementing the fundraisers.
Music programs are often cut from a school’s curriculum when tough budgeting decisions must be made. Part-time positions are common in the music field due to such cuts.
Able to use their musical abilities to further the talent of students, music educators have a rewarding career. Great growth can be witnessed from the beginning of one year to the next. Students gain self-confidence in themselves through elective programs like music. A sense of teamwork and accomplishment exists in music classrooms.
To learn more visit the following resources.
Music Teachers National Association
The National Association for Music Education