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Your Career Soundtrack: What a Degree in Music Education Can Do for You

Getting a degree in music education is one way that you can have a career in music without spending most of your time hunting for that ever elusive recording contract. This article will discuss six positions that you can have once you graduate from college with a degree in music education

Elementary School Music Instructor

Elementary school music instructors work in public, private and religiously-affiliated schools. Your duties will depend on your employer and the ages of your students. Many elementary school music instructors teach general music education, which introduces their students to its different aspects. These instructors adhere to guidelines for their curriculum that are set up by the heads of school music departments, district and state music supervisors.

Secondary School Music Instructor

Secondary school instructors teach students in grades 7 through 12 and work in a variety of schools. Some instructors teach one musical instrument while others teach many. These instructors might lead an orchestra, school band or choir. They might lead rehearsals for these groups and conduct them for performances.

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College or University Music Instructor

Instructors at a college, university or conservatory could work in a few different positions. They could become a general music educator that teaches such subjects as music arrangement, music theory, instrument or vocal performance. Music instructors at the post-secondary level can also lead chamber music groups and conduct orchestras and choruses.

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Private Teacher

Private teachers don't work through schools. They instruct students of all ages on an individual basis. They usually set their own fees, as well as their instruction plans. Private teachers can work from their home or office, out of a music store or with a group of other teachers. A private teacher may offer classes on an individual or group basis. Many private instructors offers lessons that are 45 to 60 minutes long, one day a week. These teachers instruct students of all skill levels.

Chorus Director

Chorus directors direct and guide a choir or vocal group in a church, school or local community. Chorus directors who earn a master’s degree in music education online research and select material, rehearse and conduct the choir, and prepare the chorus for public performances.

School Music Supervisor

They direct and coordinate the tasks of school music instructors who teach students in instrumental and vocal music in a school or school system. Some school music supervisors teach a couple of days a week and administer the curriculum the remaining days.

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After getting a degree in music education, you can work in a variety of teaching positions. Whether you decide to work out of your own home or in a large urban public school, a degree in music education can open quite a few doors for the musically inclined.

Article submitted by Lizzy Weakley, a freelance writer based in Colombo, OH.