Music Teachers

Music Teacher Leads Class

Music teachers instruct people on how to sing, play musical instruments, and appreciate and enjoy the world of music. They teach private lessons and classes. They may work at home or in a studio, school, college, or conservatory. Many music teachers are also performing musicians. Music teachers make up a very small percentage of the more than 2.3 million elementary and secondary school teachers employed in the United States. There are approximately 92,930 college and university music, art, and drama professors in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) College and University Music Teachers, Elementary School Music Teachers, Private Music Teachers, Secondary School Music Teachers, Studio Music Teachers
Duties Teach people how to sing, play musical instruments, and appreciate and enjoy all types of music
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Student teaching
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Music Program Director
  • Experienced Music Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Student Teacher

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