Music Teacher Salary

There’s no single music teacher salary: You might earn $25,000 per year in a preschool or $60,000 per year as a college professor.

Music teacher salary really depends on where the teacher is working, whether it’s a large city, a small town, an affluent suburb or somewhere in between. Furthermore, level at which you teach also plays a factor in overall salary. As a music teacher, you can instruct students in colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, preschools and private homes.

Education Requirements for a Music Teacher

Education levels can play a large role in a music teacher’s salary — generally the more education you have, the better the pay.

Requirements to become a music teacher vary according to the level at which you will be teaching. Generally, if you plan on teaching at the preschool, elementary, middle or high school level, you will need a teaching credential and at least a bachelor’s degree in music or music education. Some schools require a master’s degree in music education.

At the college level, music teachers must have obtained a master’s degree, and doctorates are preferred. Some universities may require that you obtain a doctorate in music education or have equivalent teaching experience and a master’s degree.

It may take anywhere between four to six years to complete all the education requirements, depending on the level you plan to teach at.

Career Options: What You Can Do As a Music Teacher

Music teachers can, of course, teach at any of the aforementioned institutions. However, you can also choose to offer private lessons to students as well as adults. This can be done as either a part-time or full-time occupation in addition to your teaching responsibilities.

What to Consider if You Become a Music Teacher

Job growth is expected to be about average across the board for music teachers throughout this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary varies widely and depends what you level you teach. According to the BLS, teachers at the elementary and secondary levels earn a median annual salary of $51,380, while college-level teachers earn a median of $62,330 per year.

The median hourly wage of average music  teachers was $17.47 in May 2010, according to the BLS. . The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.03 and the top 10 percent earned more than $33.92.

It is common for music teachers to have a full-time job in another occupation, but some have several part-time teaching assignments. Part-time instructors are usually paid for each class that they teach and receive few benefits.

Many classes for adults are held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate students with jobs or family responsibilities. Classes for children are usually held after school or on weekend

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