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There are numerous opportunities for employment in the area of music; such posts include not only musicians but numerous other behind-the-scenes professionals including promoters, producers, teachers, professors, sound engineers, lawyers, record company personnel, stagehands, publicists, choreographers, songwriters, program directors and talent buyers
Requirements for those in the business vary; successful performing musicians, songwriters, teachers, producers and the like generally have undergone formal training in a conservatorium or university, whilst others behind the scenes are often hired with an educational background in business coupled with experience and or knowledge of the specific industry
Salaries for music professionals in the United Kingdom depend on the specific nature of each post and figures run the entire range of the spectrum; however, the average figures for all posts in the field is about £40,000 per annum. Teachers, who are among the most common professionals in the industry, see an average of about £33,000 per annum.

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Music teachers are responsible for providing music lessons to people of all ages. They may work as private teachers giving theory, instrumental and voice tuition to their students. Another main duty of these professionals is working at primary or secondary schools and colleges, where they prepare students for performances, music exams and qualifications.

Music teachers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Teaching music theory.
• Organising choirs and orchestras.
• Planning lessons.
• Using recording equipment.
• Offering singing lessons to small groups.

Skills

• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to inspire pupils.
• Having knowledge about various musical styles.
• Being organised and self disciplined.
• Having administrative skills.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Being calm and patient.
• Having good teaching skills.
• Having good level of personal musicianship.
• Having interpersonal skills.

Education

There are no particular academic qualifications to become a Music teacher, though most applicants for these job placements have a degree or diploma in a relevant degree for this area or qualifications in the instruments they teach. These courses require A levels and GCSE grades in music. Candidates having instrument qualification can appear in the Register of Professional Private Music Teachers by becoming members of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. People working in this area can also have further degrees from institutions such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Sometimes work experience is more relevant than degrees, so it is recommended to have enough experience in different institutions and jobs. A driving licence is also recommended for teachers who want to provide private lessons because they need to travel to students’ homes.

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