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To learn more about music and the career of music teacher, sing in your school or church choir or join a band or orchestra. Get as much experience as you can playing, singing, and performing. Read all you can about music theory, music history, famous musicians, and performance. Talk to your music teachers about what they like and don't like about teaching music. If you are a college student, you can become a student member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) or the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). As an MTNA collegiate member, you will receive American Music Teacher (http://www.mtna.org/publications/american-music-teacher), a publication that provides useful information for music teachers, and opportunities to participate in performance competitions. Student members of NAfME receive Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music (both available at http://www.nafme.org/my-classroom/journals-magazines/), publications that offer articles on trends in music education, teaching approaches and philosophies, lesson plans, and technology as it relates to music education. NAfME also offers many free and useful resources at its Web site, http://www.nafme.org. Visitors can read free publications, such as Careers in Music, and participate in online open forums, which feature discussions of trends in music education, college training, and almost any other topic associated with music.

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