A Career as an Music Education by Elaine Prescott

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Elaine Prescott
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DO YOU LOVE MUSIC? DO YOU ENJOY teaching people how to do things? Then you should consider putting these two together and pursuing a career in music education. This can be a highly challenging occupation and one that holds out the promise of filling your life with great joy, and sharing that with others.

Many music educators are inspired by their own positive experiences of having had great teachers when they were students, and wanting to provide the same experience to students of their own. Some are driven by a commitment to the music profession, wanting to pass on the unique skills and professional knowledge they have been fortunate enough to acquire during the course of their careers. Others may be following a family tradition that has seen a commitment to music pass from one generation to the next.

There is a traditional philosophical and educational idea that a basic requirement for anyone to be considered a truly educated, well-rounded person is a knowledge of music. This view dates back to the foundations of Western civilization in the classical age of ancient Athens where learning to play the lyre and to sing were as fundamental to education as learning to read and write, understanding mathematics, and participating in athletics so that the body was as fit as the mind.

This point of view persists in modern educational systems where music classes are usually a part of the core curriculum, and children are encouraged to join a school band or orchestra.

You can work on your own as a music teacher, instead of, or in addition to teaching in a school. Opportunities for private instruction may be on the rise as school budget cuts often lead to cutbacks in music programs. Where school music programs have been scaled back, parents who want their children to learn an instrument turn to private teachers for instruction. In fact, even if you work in a school you can also offer private lessons. Many working musicians supplement their incomes by offering private lessons. Teaching outside of a school system has some advantages in that you can often control your schedule and you can accept only students who you think have real promise and who want to learn.

As a music educator you may be teaching students to play an instrument or sing; you may conduct a band or orchestra; or you may teach music composition, music theory, and the history of music.

You can work on your own as a music teacher, instead of, or in addition to teaching in a school. Opportunities for private instruction may be on the rise as school budget cuts often lead to cutbacks in music programs. Where school music programs have been scaled back, parents who want their children to learn an instrument turn to private teachers for instruction. In fact, even if you work in a school you can also offer private lessons. Many working musicians supplement their incomes by offering private lessons. Teaching outside of a school system has some advantages in that you can often control your schedule and you can accept only students who you think have real promise and who want to learn.

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