How to become a performing arts teacher

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How to become a performing arts teacher
Performing arts teachers often teach small children. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The performing arts consist of music, drama and dance. A career as a performing arts teacher can be both rewarding and profitable because many performing arts teachers continue to perform. Acting instructors, choreographers and vocal teachers are examples of performing arts teachers. Because of the technical expertise required and the cuts in arts-and-education programs nationwide, becoming a performing arts teacher can be challenging but not impossible.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Proficient drama, music or dance skills
  • College degree
  • Performing resume
  • Business certificate
  • Employer Identification Number

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    Education and Training

  1. 1

    Enrol in a university or college with a strong performing arts program. Consider majoring in either the performing arts and minoring in education or vice-versa. Get your bachelor's degree. Another option is to enrol in a performing arts conservatory program, which focuses strictly on performing arts studies.

  2. 2

    Participate in school or conservatory productions or programs to gain practical performing experience. Perform as much as possible employing the techniques you have learnt.

  3. 3

    Search for audition opportunities in your community. Also, hiring a private instructor to continue developing your skills as a performer. Practice on your own as much as possible.

  4. 4

    Decide in which state you want to teach. Register for exams in the state by contacting your state Department of Education. If you pass, contact the department again to find out the guidelines to apply for a teaching certificate. Also, consider taking more specialised tests administered by your state in subject areas such as English, social sciences and other subjects.

    Finding Work

  1. 1

    Visit your school district's administrative offices. Ask if there are any job openings for a performing arts teacher. If not, look for jobs in your second area of expertise if you have passed the specialised test in this area. In either scenario, apply for the job. Prepare a performing resume for the performing arts teacher job. Consider teaching an after-school drama program if your school has no such program.

  2. 2

    Contact performing arts schools in your region. Send out resumes even if positions are filled at the time.Continue performing and auditioning for productions to add to your performance resume. Place ads on the Internet and in newspapers letting people know that you are available to teach. Include your experience and rates.

  3. 3

    Start your own performing arts school. Register as a business in your county. Open up a business account and contact the IRS to receive an Employer Identification Number. Identify a building that would be appropriate for classes. Apply for a small business loan and purchase or lease a building. Print flyers about the school's opening and the classes that will be taught. Contact schools and community centres for permission to post your flyers. Begin classes on schedule even if you only have one student.

Tips and warnings

  • By performing and adding professional credits to your resume you can increase your employment as a performing arts teacher.
  • Performing arts teachers in private instruction may only work a few hours weekly. Thus, it is recommended that you have another form of consistent income.

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