Music teacher jobs suit a wide range of musical abilities – and while of course it is beneficial to be able to play a musical instrument, or even several instruments to a high standard, there are music teacher vacancies at a variety of different levels that suit individuals with different abilities.
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: DOE (Pro Rata)
Posted: 8th February, 2018
In some cases, this might involve teaching a specific instrument, especially in larger schools or in one-on-one music tutor jobs, while in smaller schools and at primary level, you might be required to provide a more general music education for the classes you teach.
Music teaching jobs may also incorporate more of the theoretical aspects of the subject, ranging from learning how to read and write in musical score notation, to the appreciation of other people’s compositions and perhaps the scientific basis behind harmonics and overtones.
At Castles Education, we recruit into all kinds of music teaching vacancies, and we are always happy to work with recruiters and candidates alike to find the best match for each vacancy, to place individuals into the music teacher role that suits them the best.
As with any teaching job, patience and passion are an excellent starting point. If you are enthusiastic about music, this will help to inspire more enthusiasm in your pupils and students – which can be crucial in terms of pupil engagement during practical sessions.
Particularly at lower levels, you might be required to work with children who do not express natural talent or who find it difficult to master the motor control needed to play an instrument to a high standard, so you should be able to employ lateral thinking to find an instrument or technique that helps these individuals to learn.
Some of the specific skills that might be required in a music teacher job include:
Depending on where you work and the exact nature of your music teacher role, you might be asked to help with school productions – from teaching the cast the tune and lyrics, to collaborating with the drama department when producing a musical with or without a live school orchestral accompaniment.
The higher the level you teach at, the more likely it is that you will be working with students who have already mastered their chosen instrument to a high standard. At the highest levels, it is also likely that you will have considerable natural talent, and this might mean:
Music teacher vacancies can become available in an extremely broad variety of settings. You might teach music in a primary school — where you could also be responsible for delivering other parts of the curriculum — or to comprehensive school pupils for whom music is a mandatory subject.
Beyond that level, music teaching jobs become more specialised. You may be working with students who have specifically chosen to study music and who have already learned their preferred instrument to a good standard, although there will often also be a core curriculum to deliver to all students too.
Again it depends largely on the level you teach at, as well as the setting you teach in, and some examples of this might include:
Some music teachers work in a more flexible and mobile way – for example, you might work with other teachers’ classes to put together a school choir or orchestra even in a primary setting, where teachers are normally only assigned to a single class, or you might work limited hours to provide tuition on a single instrument.
You may work with students in groups of various sizes too, for example:
The precise nature of your interaction with your students will, of course, depend on the specific music teacher vacancy you apply for – and with a huge choice of music teacher opportunities becoming available all the time, that means no two vacancies will ever be exactly the same.
To find out more about any of the music teacher vacancies listed on the Castles Education website, just click the More Info button. If after reading the full description, you think you are a good fit or would like to express an interest in the role, click ‘Apply’ to submit your contact details, along with a CV or cover letter if you wish.
We welcome all expressions of interest – if you’re not sure you’re right for a particular role, consider contacting us to see if we have anything that is a better fit for your profile.
You can call Castles Education on 0161 914 9185 for a no-obligation chat, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer a response in writing. Alternatively, you can visit us at Bartle House, Oxford Court, Manchester M2 3WQ.