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Music teacher

Annual salary: £34,211 (Glassdoor)

What do I need? Whatever musical instrument(s) you’re teaching; sheet music; tuning equipment; metronome; DBS clearance if you’re teaching children; camera if you’re doing online classes

Interest in taking up hobbies shot up during lockdown and music teachers had to adapt to teaching remotely. Whether or not you were a music teacher already, it can present a great business opportunity for a musical entrepreneur.

It’s time to make some decisions. Do you want to work with adults or children – or both? You have the flexibility of where you want to teach too. You could do it from home, in your student’s home, freelancing in schools, in another location or some combination of the above.

Though you don’t need a qualification, you can opt to take the Certificate for Music Educators qualification. It’ll help to have some example videos of you playing instruments and teaching them online so potential students can see them.

In 2015, the Incorporated Society of Musicians said they charge between £26 and £36 for hour-long lessons, though, because of increased demand, this price could very well be higher now.

Like the make-up artist, you can choose to do music lessons online if you’re not able to meet in person. This isn’t just in the case of Covid – it could also serve if your student is travelling and doesn’t want to miss lessons, for example.

Speaking of online, a music teacher has a lot of scope to make use of social media, giving tips and tricks over Instagram and TikTok as well as putting videos of them playing various instruments on YouTube.

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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