Regardless of whether they give private lessons or work for a school, music teachers need to complete the same basic duties. All teachers need to be able to assess their students’ ability and plan lessons that improve and understanding. They also need a high level of knowledge of their instrument or musical subject to convey information to students.
Since most music students make incremental improvements, these positions also require an abundance of compassion, patience and the ability to provide encouragement.
This is where the similarities between different music teaching jobs end, however. Those who work for private music schools or companies providing music lessons, or as music tutors, usually work one-on-one with students or in small groups. The focus is on developing skills in a specific instrument and the lessons focus on playing that instrument.
Many private teachers choose to work part time or are self-employed, so they typically do not receive employment benefits or work under a contract.
Teaching in a school is different from private teaching. Firstly, school jobs are typically full time and offer employee benefits, and some could have contracts that measure job stability. Though school teachers can sometimes provide one-on-one instruction, they usually teach in a classroom, working with groups of students.