Nov 25 2005, 10:40 AM
I'm applying to university to do a music degree and i'm nearly at grade 8. If I don't get accepted anywhere to do a degree, what sort of other qualifications will I need to be a private flute tutor? i.e. abrsm diploma?
Just want to assess my options
Thank You anyone who can help
Nov 25 2005, 05:10 PM
You don't NEED any qualifications to be a private flute tutor. Grade 8 helps, but basically you need to get someone to trust you and become your guinea pig, and you go from there
Nov 25 2005, 06:37 PM
People quite like letters after names, so if you can do a Dip it might help if you plan to put up notices etc. But otherwise, grade 8 would be the expected.
Nov 27 2005, 12:04 AM
You don't need formal qualifications (which isn't to say they don't help!). The ability to teach is different to the ability to play: you will need to be able to inspire, support, enthuse, sympathise, analyse, criticise, empathise. You will need to be able to explain the same thing different people in different ways, be patient (and sometimes pushy), be personally organised and have a wide knowledge or repertoire. You will also have to be confident to not let people mess you around with teaching times and money and accept that you will sometimes be blamed for other people's failures. Knowledge about different methods of teaching needs to be gained and incorported into your own particular style, and, in these modern times, you need continuous professional development - so take courses, go on summer schools, learn other instruments and continue to study the one you teach. You will also need to be self critical and ask yourself how you can help your students learn, and what you can learn from them.
Nov 27 2005, 01:09 PM
Woo - splodge - what a great post!
You've said it all in one short paragraph...