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How to be a standout music teacher

What are the Top Skills You Need to be a Standout Music Teacher?

Date posted : 06 October 2021

A great music teacher can have a huge influence on a pupil’s love for a subject. Interesting and engaging lessons will increase the likelihood of a student applying themselves and developing a passion for music. Learning to play an instrument can change children’s lives, and it is a music teacher’s job to make that process as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

Recent studies show that learning how to play an instrument or creating music is one of the best ways to stimulate a young mind, and even improves brain functionality. Therefore, it’s important that a music teacher has all the skills necessary to make a difference in their student’s lives. Here are the top skills that you need to be a standout music teacher.

Making Lessons Fun

Learning music takes a lot of hard work, but that doesn’t mean that the lessons shouldn’t be enjoyable. A talented music teacher will have a great understanding of how to make a music lesson both effective and fun. The more the student enjoys their lessons, the more motivated they’ll be to apply themselves and achieve the desired results.

As a teacher, you can make lessons fun by expressing your personality and enthusiastic approach to music. Engage with the student and ask them what they enjoy playing, or a new song that they heard and would like to learn how to play. Once they’ve told you their preference, you can then build a lesson around that theme. You could even duet with them to make the lesson extra engaging!

Improving a student’s skills

Correcting mistakes is an important part of a music teacher’s role, and you should actively listen to the students playing and identify problems as they’re happening. It’s important that you know how to identify issues as, if they are left unattended, the student can pick up long-term bad habits that become much harder to correct.

However, it’s important not to discourage the student from making mistakes. After all, making mistakes is how we learn. Some teachers fall into the trap of correcting every mistake that a student makes without also providing room for praise. Improved performance can only come from a balance that ensures the student feels valued.

Creative teaching methods

Cast your mind back to your own school days. You’ll probably remember plenty of instances where your teacher was explaining something to you, but you just couldn’t seem to understand or grasp what they were telling you. This is as common an occurrence in music lessons as any others. After all, in creative subjects, every student has a different way of learning things.

A great music teacher can come up with fresh ways to explain a concept to a student. Whether the student is particularly proficient in music, or a complete beginner, a talented teacher will articulate the content of the lesson in different ways until they grasp it.

A Love of Music

Above all else, a clear passion for music is the hallmark of a standout music teacher. It doesn’t matter if the teacher is a permanent staff member or a supply teacher for the day; consistent passion throughout a lesson is what counts. A teacher’s love of music should be contagious.

The best music teachers are not only passionate about the genres they specialise in. They should express love towards music as an art form with an eclectic scope. Demonstrating one’s musical expertise is not enough to inspire students. Rather, learners will identify better with teachers who are genuinely enthused about the subject.

Find your new music teacher role with Teaching Personnel

If you feel that you have all the skills to be a great music teacher, then we want to help you find a brand-new role. Teaching Personnel is the UK’s leading education recruitment agency. We place newly qualified teachers, fully qualified teachers and support staff in supply jobs at thousands of schools every year. We have years of experience in finding the best candidates for education jobs, so browse our music teacher jobs and find your next role.

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