In­dus­try snapshot

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How did you get into the in­dus­try? While study­ing arts at univer­sity, I be­gan teach­ing piano at high schools and en­joyed work­ing with the stu­dents and teach­ers. I even­tu­ally switched to a mu­sic per­for­mance de­gree and com­pleted a di­ploma of ed­u­ca­tion. What qual­i­fi­ca­tions are re­quired? The min­i­mum re­quire­ment is a teach­ing de­gree or grad­u­ate di­ploma of ed­u­ca­tion. It is now com­mon for class­room teach­ers to hold mas­ters de­grees in ed­u­ca­tion or within their sub­ject spe­cial­i­sa­tion. What is the best thing about work­ing in the in­dus­try? For me, there are three things: the ‘‘ah ha’’ mo­ments work­ing along­side stu­dents as they de­velop their un­der­stand­ing and con­fi­dence; mu­sic mak­ing and creativ­ity at all lev­els of school­ing, es­pe­cially us­ing mu­sic tech­nolo­gies; and the col­le­gial­ity of teach­ers within all school­ing sec­tors. What is the worst as­pect about a job the in­dus­try? There can be lots of out-of-hours work, es­pe­cially as a per­form­ing arts teacher as re­hearsals and per­for­mances of­ten need to be sched­uled early morn­ing, late evening or on week­ends. How much can em­ploy­ees ex­pect to earn? Mu­sic ed­u­ca­tors can gen­er­ally ex­pect to earn be­tween $55,000 and $95,000 a year. Your words of ad­vice? Teach­ing re­quires a good mea­sure of pa­tience with peo­ple, team­work and a will­ing­ness to learn. It’s a great job if you en­joy work­ing with chil­dren and are pas­sion­ate about what you teach.

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