We surveyed 4,934 music teachers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical music teacher. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a music teacher?

Low

High

Working as a music teacher typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a music teacher?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a music teacher typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a music teacher?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a music teacher. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for music teachers.

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Do music teachers work full-time or part-time?

39% of music teachers work in full-time roles while 61% work part-time.

Is being a music teacher stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst music teachers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a music teacher?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for music teachers, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for music teachers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for music teachers.

Does being a music teacher require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for music teachers.

Are music teachers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a music teacher, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do music teachers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Music teachers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a music teacher physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a music teachers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are music teachers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, music teachers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a music teacher require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for music teachers.

Does being a good music teacher require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a music teacher.