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Performing Arts & Music: Teaching & Tuition

Introduction to a career in teaching performing arts and music

Turning your passion for performing arts and music into a career in teaching can be a wonderfully fulfilling career path to take. However, it’s probably not the best idea to go about things in the same way that Jack Black does in School of Rock. When it comes down to it, you’re probably not going to end up wearing an oversized school uniform and playing in a battle of the bands competition with a bunch of youngsters.

If you’re a talented performer yourself, but don’t want to get up on stage anymore, then teaching and tuition might be the right career choice for you. It’s a fairly diverse career, so you might be:

  • Teaching music and drama to children in normal schools
  • Giving people private tuition from your own home or studio
  • Employed by a specialist music or performing arts school, centre or shop.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to teach privately. The real key to this particular career path is having a genuine talent and passion for what you are teaching. Indeed, the most important qualifications you could ever have are artistic ability and an extensive knowledge of your field.

Do I need any special skills to become a music or performing arts teacher?

It’s good to be able to turn your hand to a number of different activities and artistic disciplines within your area of specialism. For example, if you’re primarily interested in classical guitar teaching, being able to delve into the rhythmic depths of Jimi Hendrix or The Beatles will give you even more options.

As far as personal skills are concerned, patience is an absolute must. Students work and learn at different paces and being able to adapt to their needs will make you more likeable and thus more successful. You’ll also need to be a clear and concise communicator.

Do I need any qualifications to teach performing arts or music?

If your ultimate aim is to teach in schools, you’ll need specific qualifications in your area of expertise. It’s likely that you’re going to have to attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) before you can start. You can do this through a number of different routes, but doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is probably the most popular way. Check out the Teaching & Education sector for more detail.

You might also need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, if you are going to be teaching and tutoring children.

Careers in performing arts and music tuition are certainly something to make a song and dance about: all your favourite musicians, singers and performers were almost certainly tuned and honed to perfection by the serious skills of a teacher or tutor. So, if you’ve got the gift, but don’t fancy the performance side of things yourself, then this could be the perfect career path for you.