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Careers in Music Education


The information contained in this article about pay rates is general in nature and will vary depending on where you live.

Thinking of a career in music education and want to know your options and how to prepare for it? Here's a guide to help you map out a career path.

  • Studio Teacher - You have the option of putting up your own studio, franchising or working as one of the studio teachers at an already established school. A knowledge in music and performance is required as well as good teaching skills. A degree is not always required for this position but you must have excellent training in both areas of music and teaching. Earning opportunities will vary based on location and qualifications, with some earning as much as $100 an hour.

  • Early Childhood Music Educator - Aside from possessing knowledge in music and performance, music teachers for young children must also be patient, understanding and creative. A knowledge of the music curriculum standards of your state or country is also essential. Salary varies based on your location and qualifications, with some earning as much as $60 per hour.

  • School Music Educator - A background in music and performance is always a must. You must be personable, motivated and a continuous learner. A teacher's certificate and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education is also required. Some earn as much as $70,000 a year depending on your location and qualifications.

  • Music Consultant/Supervisor - You must have extensive knowledge in music, teaching and the current trends in both areas. You must be a good decision maker and adviser. An advanced music degree and a good background in teaching is required. Some music consultants/supervisors earn as much as $70,000 a year, again depending on qualifications and location.

  • Music Professor - Aside from all the other qualifications mentioned above, a doctoral degree or its equivalent is required. Depending on your location and career background, one can earn as much as $150,000 per year.

  • University Music School Administrator - An extensive background in music and teaching is required. You must possess leadership skills and must have a good background as a music professor. Salaries can be as much as $180,000 a year based on qualifications and location.

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