Music Teachers Resources
Being a music teacher is full of rewards. Imparting your knowledge and sharing your experiences can be a lot of fun, as well as a great way to earn a living. Whatever your instrument, your ability or your place of work, there is always more to learn and develop your skills. Working for yourself can be an isolating process, however, and getting your hands on the latest knowledge, techniques and support for more stressful times is an integral part of your work. This is where making the most of resources can give you the push you need.
Whether you are a self-employed, independent tutor or are employed full-time by a school or college, resources tailored to your role as a music teacher are out there to give you a helping hand. First of all, traditional resources are available. If you are struggling with work or looking for professional advice and are employed by a school, discussing with your peers and superiors may offer what you need. There are also professional publications that offer hints and up to date information about a number of issues. Music Teacher magazine is probably the best known in the UK, published by Rhinegold and offering job listings, the latest news about all things music education and interesting articles to consider.
The Musicians’ Union (MU) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are two professional bodies that are home to a wealth of information. If you are wondering about the rates you should be charging, the latest policy changes that could impact on your business and much more besides, the MU and ISM can help. They also list available jobs and have tools designed specifically for your region. Even if you are not affiliated with either organisation there are still articles providing advice and more. As professional bodies they are there to help support the rights of teachers and those working within the music industry. If you are struggling to find work, have disputes over pay or are finding the world of music tuition hard then getting in touch could be a positive step in the right direction.
Of course, the internet is a fantastic tool for tracking down resources. With so many other professionals out there, forums and specialist websites can offer ideas on lesson plans, answers to questions you might be too afraid to ask and much more besides. Some of these range from websites run by bodies, like musicteachers.co.uk, which is associated with the MU. There are also blogs that are written by fellow teachers and offer shared experiences in a more informal manner. You can find links to some of these websites and more at the end of this article.
Pair for online content is also available if you are looking for learning resources to build lessons around. Companies such as the Times Educational Supplement have lesson plans and exercises to purchase for a range of fees. These include individual exercises for around £2 to £3, or larger exercises with MP3s included for around £10 and beyond. Some of these lesson plans are tied into the syllabus and some are independent. Livening up lessons with new ideas can be tricky so purchasing exercises that fit into a topic you are working on could give your teaching an injection of interest.
Resources will help you to make the most out of your teaching experiences, whether you find them in the pages of a magazine, via online blogs or just by chatting with your peers. If you know about any resources we have missed out on or want to share your positive and negative experiences with anything discussed in this article, please get in touch and make us even more resourceful!