Considering teaching? A music perspective

Every one has a memory of school. Whether it is a good one or not is a subjective experience, depending on what your priorities were and what you aimed to get out of it at the time. If your main focus was in getting good grades, and if you did, then you might say school was an overall good experience. Of course, the converse is true. If you expected to get good grades in school and then did not, you might reflect on your school experience as not all that fantastic. But school is not necessarily just about grades. It is about the friends you make and the people you meet, and for some, defining friendships that are created at that time are more important than the grades you receive. While academic knowledge is important, your experience of school may be influenced more by the friends you made there. If you made lifelong friends while you were at the same school, you might not have done well for important exams, but nevertheless credit school with being a positive experience.

Your experience of school may have some influence in your future career path than you know. Many teachers chose their profession for various reasons. Maybe they had good school experiences and wanted to do the same in inspiring the future generation. But being a teacher, or deciding to pursue an education in teaching, is only half of the equation. The perception of the profession varies in different countries. In Latin American countries such as Bolivia, teaching is looked upon as a poor profession while in countries such as China, being a teacher is a highly respected profession. So if you ever decide to go into teaching, maybe see how it is perceived in your own country first!

Teaching does not necessarily mean standing in front of a classroom and delivering the curriculum. You can prepare for a career in teaching but become a tutor instead. In fact, some teachers do tutor outside of school for extra income. You don’t necessarily have to do the same thing, but can re-package your knowledge into something different. For example, if you were a music teacher, you might teach an instrument like the piano outside of your school hours. So in effect you have become a piano teacher, leveraging on your skills.

On the face of it, teaching is one of the more rewarding professions. But as I said earlier, check out how people in your country view it first!