The specific nature of a music teacher’s work depends on the type of position they hold. Private music teachers instruct a wide variety of students from young children to adults. Some of their clients pursue music for enjoyment, whereas others are preparing for a career in music.
Private music teachers may establish their business by advertising in newspapers or contacting music departments of local schools. Those seeking employment in schools or universities should speak to a placement officer at the school from which they are graduating.
Increased student enrolment and enhanced reputation as a teacher help advance the careers of private music teachers. Elementary and secondary school teachers can become college professors by obtaining additional degrees and experience. College professors may move into administrative positions after gaining experience and recognition.
The music teacher will follow the guidelines as set out by the education department which includes the theory and practice of general music, singing and playing musical instruments. They should also prepare students for exams in music.
Elementary and secondary school music teachers often direct the school chorus, choir, orchestra, or marching band, as well as give group and private lessons. They instruct students in the technical aspects of music, conduct rehearsals, and evaluate student performance. School music teachers sometimes take students on field trips to musical presentations, or the students may perform off campus under the direction of the teacher.
Although the education and training requirements vary according to the type of position, all music teachers must have a complete mastery of their specific field and general knowledge of other instruments and music areas. In addition, they must have good communication skills and be able to establish a rapport with their students.
No formal education or licenses are needed to be a private teacher. However, most instructors have spent years performing and studying in schools, conservatories, or privately with experienced musicians. Elementary and secondary school music teachers need a bachelor’s degree in music education and state certification. Colleges and universities and most conservatories require an advanced degree.
- LocationSurrey, BC
- Salary$$24.00HOUR hourly for 40 hours per week
- Terms of employmentPermanent employment
- Day, Evening, Shift, To be determined, Morning
- Start dateStarts as soon as possible
- vacancies3 vacancies
Secondary (high) school graduation certificate
or equivalent experience
Teacher, music – private, conservatory or studio lessons Responsibilities:
- Teaching general styles of music.
- Teaching classical piano, practical and theory.
- Teaching singing to students from beginner to advanced level.
- Incorporating musical instruments and movement in lessons.
- Planning and implementing a program of instruction and lesson plans.
- Preparing students for school concerts and planned music experiences.
- Preparing students for practicals and exams.
- Inspiring and motivating students to extend themselves to after school music clubs.
- Building relationships and mentoring students.
- Teaching Specialisation
- Vocal; Music theory; General interest courses; Instrumental
- Screening questions
- Are you currently legally able to work in Canada?; Do you currently reside in proximity to the advertised location?; Are you willing to relocate for this position?; Are you currently a student?; What is your current level of study?; What is your current field of study?; What is the highest level of study you have completed?; Do you have previous experience in this field of employment?; Are you available for shift or on-call work?; Do you have the above-indicated required certifications?; Are you available for the advertised start date?; Do you have the necessary equipment for remote work (i.e. internet, home office, etc.)?
7 months to less than 1 year
- Other Languages
- Hindi; Panjabi; Punjabi; Urdu
- Area of Work Experience
- Music recording industry
- Work Setting
- Video; Theatre; Television; Recording studio; Private functions; Music academy; Film; Concert hall or stage; Community and public events
How to apply
Here is what you must include when submitting your application:
- Cover letter
- Letter of recommendation
- Link to web portfolio
- Copy of portfolio or relevant work examples
- Highest level of education and name of institution where it was completed