This post comes to us from our featured guest author, Jenna Smith.
Many gifted musicians graduate from college and leave their teaching music careers in the past.
Although some do not want to play professionally, they want to continue playing their instruments. For these musicians, a teaching career might be very rewarding.
Most musicians enjoy the challenge of working on complicated sections of teaching music. They know that in order to play the selection correctly, they must work on one note at a time. For that reason, they slow the rhythm to a point that it is easily played. After mastering the technique, they play the section faster until it is played at the correct tempo.
Musicians realize that they develop patience working on difficult sections in this manner. They also know the joy they have when that difficult section is played musically at the proper tempo, and they are eager to share their new accomplishment with others. However, few have experienced the greater joy of teaching someone else to play that same difficult piece.
The road of teaching others can be long and difficult.
There are many squeaks in a clarinet reed that an accomplished clarinetist may have forgotten. Teachers of beginning students know that may it take a week or two before the beginner plays notes that sound like music, but the wait is worth it. There is a great reward when your students play the same difficult music with which you struggled. You will find that your joy of teaching music has returned.
If you are interested in feeling that joyful experience again, you might consider teaching music teacher jobs at TakeLessons. They offer teaching opportunities throughout the United States. Gifted musicians have the opportunity to continue developing their own talent while sharing their knowledge with the new generation.
Since each student is unique, you will encounter many different challenges.
Some students learn faster than others and need very little explanation. Other students will need more instruction than others because they have more desire than talent. You will have students who lack rhythm, and working with them will try your patience. Other students will have natural rhythm, and you can begin teaching instrumental technique immediately.
However, when students cannot decide for themselves, it’s up to you to guide them on the right track. On the other hand, you may have students that have learned everything you have to teach. Those are the students who make you proud because you have lifted the next generation to new heights.
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.