What Employers are Looking For What those who engage musicians are looking for. There is no statutory qualification for instrumental teachers in the UK. Last updated: 20 January 2021 Music services and hubs Music services need people who are confident at leading large groups, or willing to learn to do so. They look for both multi-instrumentalists and specialists. They look for people with strong communication skills. Music services may require people to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a PGCE. Many expect teachers to have a music degree or diploma. Schools Schools will seek music graduates who are accomplished musicians and performers. They may require teachers to be of at least grade 8 standard. Schools may look for teachers with experience of group teaching, especially in primary school settings. A career as a classroom music teacher in a secondary school will almost always require Qualified Teacher Status. Community Music organisations Community Music organisations need facilitators with a broad range of skills. They will be looking for effective communicators, who are confident working in challenging circumstances (such as Pupil Referral Units, schools and centres for those with Special Educational Needs). They will accept applications from graduates and non-graduates. Performing arts organisations (music venues, orchestras) Many performing arts organisations run outreach programmes. They tend to look for musicians with a creative approach. They employ creative people who can work with large groups with very mixed prior musical experience. They need flexible musicians who are comfortable teaching more than one genre of music, and are comfortable without notation. They often need composers and performers who can improvise. Top Tips Make sure your C.V. includes all appropriate experience, qualifications and skills. Engage in CPD opportunities which show that you are updating your skills. Enrol on a course to get the Certificate for Music Educators Make sure you have a current disclosure (DBS) certificate.