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Singing teacher

Singing teachers teach vocal skills, singing, music theory and musical appreciation to individuals and groups. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a teaching or performing diploma from a specialist music college, or a music degree. These courses are mainly based around performance training, but do have some academic content. They usually lead to a graduate qualification equivalent to a degree.

You could complete a degree course at a conservatoire, music college or university. You should choose a course which concentrates on performance rather than theory. 

If you’re exceptionally good, you could give lessons without qualifications, but a qualification will improve your chances of finding work.

You’ll need a good knowledge of different singing styles.

Creative Choices has more information about careers in music.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent vocal skills
  • self-motivation and good organisational skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • coaching individuals for a particular role in a play or musical
  • planning lessons and organising resources
  • teaching vocal and breathing exercises and techniques
  • instructing in melody, harmony and improvisation
  • helping students to prepare for music exams
  • organising performances
  • practising, to keep up your own ability
  • keeping accounts, if self-employed

4. Salary

As a private teacher, you’ll charge an hourly rate. This can be from £25 to £50 an hour, or more.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) advises members on tuition fees for private teaching.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work in your own home or in clients’ homes. Your work might also involve visiting schools, colleges, arts centres and other venues to teach. You could be based at a music college.

As a private teacher, your hours could vary widely, depending on students' needs. You may also spend time travelling between different teaching venues.

6. Career path and progression

You could run your own business. 

You could also combine private teaching with part-time or casual work for colleges and other organisations.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016