Private Music Teacher


    Private music teachers provide music lessons about how to sing or play a musical instrument to pupils (adults and children) within home, school or college settings.

    You’ll work at a variety of levels teaching different musical skills to either individuals or groups.

    Many private music teachers and musicians combine a number of these roles. You may be referred to as an instrumental and vocal music teacher.



    • planning and preparing lessons in relation to individual pupils’ needs and examination syllabuses
    • acquiring appropriate teaching materials and resources
    • teaching music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to pupils
    • entering and preparing pupils for examinations
    • motivating pupils and encouraging progress
    • liaising with academic staff and parents
    • creating and maintaining a network of contacts to ensure work continuity
    • ensuring up-to-date knowledge and awareness of examination requirements
    • assessing pupils’ abilities, providing feedback and writing reports
    • arranging recitals and concerts for pupils’ families and friends
    • keeping financial, administrative and business records
    • advertising or publicizing the business



    There are no set qualifications for private music teachers. In practice, however, most have a degree, and many have further teaching and/or performance and theory qualifications. The most important qualifications are musical competence and knowledge of your instrument, plus a commitment to, and understanding of, the teaching and learning process.



    • Ability to motivate others
    • Determination and perseverance
    • Enthusiasm
    • Imagination
    • Commitment
    • Passionate
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
    • Patience