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
- Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills