Careers in Music

Skills and Attributes Needed to be a Private Music Teacher

A look at the essential skills, training, salary information and working conditions of music instructors who teach from their private home studios.

On Music Teaching, Second Jobs, Balance and Diversifying

Music teaching is rewarding and fulfilling. However, some challenges my colleagues face is a balanced lifestyle and financial stability. I was surprised to hear that many teaching have taken second jobs to balance the scales. As I search for my second job, I tackle this sticky issue in today's post.

Audio Editing & Sequencing Programs and Education

For those who would like to try their hand in audio editing or sequencing, check out these cool programs: Audio editting:

Sequencing (notation):

If you're interesting in pursing this as a career and plan to study in Alberta, head to:

International readers - if you can recommend any schools or programs on this subject, please write!

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Music Teaching 101

Happy New Year everyone! I am enjoying my Christmas break immensely, catching up with family and friends whom I haven’t seen nearly as much as I’d like to in the past year and playing extra rounds of catch and tag with Maestro. I even managed to squeeze in some creative writing (alas, still stumped on my book).

It hasn’t been all play and no work. My filing piles began to walk on their own, I simply led them to their correct places. I'm nearly caught up on my bookkeeping while the home, studio and office got a thorough re-org. Next on the list are: my Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Calgary Branch) projects, fixing the music library, preparing for the upcoming student recital and a manageable pile of administrative tasks.

My blog topic came to me while making my "to do" list - music teaching. Some students think they can set up shop at Grade 7 piano (or less), but that is extremely dangerous. You simply don’t have enough technical, musicianship and rhythmic tools in your arsenal at that level. Most teachers recommend that students begin teaching when they are in Grade 9 or 10 piano.

There is so much more to teaching than having your Grade 9 piano certificate. My blog entry titled The Most Common Question touches upon the non-teaching aspects of being a teacher. For more information about piano pedagogy, I recommend the following sites, which provide learning opportunities and certification for those wishing to become music teachers:

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Careers in Music

Growing up, the only music careers I knew about were: teacher, pop singer, composer and orchestra musicians. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless more career options available for those who love music. Here are just a few (in no particular order):  

  • Music publisher
  • Talent agent
  • Recording engineer
  • Music therapist
  • Concert promoter
  • Radio disc jockey
  • Community arts manager
  • Marketing Director for a symphony
  • Fund Development Coordinator for an opera company
  • Composer (classical, movie, video game, commercials, etc.)
  • Accompanist
  • Transcriber
  • Arranger
  • Conductor

For more information about careers in music, check out the following sites:



Happy exploring!


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Why Study Music?

Historians have found that the further back into history we go, the more important music was to older civilizations. Ancient Greeks, for example, believed that music was the key to the cosmos. Pythagoras the famous mathematician, not only developed the theorem for right angles, but was lauded for his discovery of the ratios of intervals in music. Both were considered of equal importance. The benefits for studying music

haven’t changed much over the centuries. Numerous studies have shown that students who study music, achieve higher grades than their non-musical counterparts. Higher grades is just part of the equation. Here is just a synopsis of the benefits:

  • time and project management skills
  • analytical skills
  • improved academic performance (between 34 – 80% higher), especially in math and the sciences
  • high spatial-temporal abilities
  • enhanced communication skills
  • teamwork skills (ensemble work)

For more information, you can visit the following sites: