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.