How To Get Hired As A Guitar Lessons Teacher
“You’re hired!”, sounds like music to your years when you’ve finally landed your dream job. Whether you’re a guitar music major or a hobbyist seeking to earn from your guitar playing skills, you can definitely pursue a career in teaching guitar lessons. Singapore guitar teachers usually apply in music schools to gain enough experience. These schools have a steady flow of students so earnings are more remunerative.
In applying for a job as a music teacher, you need more than just an impressive resume. Your application does not stop at acing the job interview. Here are some key items you need to build on:
1. Get Teaching Experience: Experience is definitely an advantage when applying for a job. Get as much teaching experience as you can. It does not necessarily mean a ‘paid’ teaching job. Even ‘informal’’ guitar lessons could count as a relevant teaching experience. For instance, you may have been teaching guitar lessons to family members or friends. Or you may have done a guitar lesson ministry for kids at your local church.
2. Use Social Media: Although it’s enough to say that you have teaching experience, it is still best to show proof. Ergo, use social media to show them what you’ve got! Upload photos and videos of your teaching sessions. Show you and your students’ performances. Shoot and upload video tutorials on how to play a particular song on the guitar. In this digital age, human resource personnel have been checking out applicants’ digital persona through their social media accounts. Of course, it would be best if you include URL links of your performances and proof of guitar teaching experience in your curriculum vitae.
3. Diversify Your Music and Teaching Style: If you are a guitar major from a music conservatory, you must be well-versed in playing and teaching classical. And if you were once part of a rock band, then you would be specializing in rock. Don’t fall into the trap of sticking to one particular style or music preference. Specialize, but learn to diversify. Expect your students to have varying music tastes and interests, ranging from pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical. As a teacher, it is your role to tap into the element that motivates them. Students perform better if they like what they play. Identifying a niche is good. But diversity could give a new teacher an avenue to develop teaching skills and open up more income opportunities.
4. Show Enthusiasm: Fun makes all the difference. If you radiate joy in teaching, most likely your students would find joy in learning. Music schools are on the lookout for teachers who are motivated, patient, and enthusiastic. Learning how to play the guitar requires endless hours of repetition. It is a fact that it can sometimes be frustrating for a student. Students need teachers who will see them through and encourage them to progress in their lessons.
If you are teaching guitar lessons as a private tutor or have your own music studio, potential students and parents may look for the above qualities and credentials from you. Continue to invest in learning. Later on, you shall reap the rewards of teaching.