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: 11 October 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 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 for music teachers who are 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, and will accept applications from graduates and non-graduates. 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). Performing arts organisations (music venues, orchestras) Many performing arts organisations run outreach programmes. They tend to look for music teachers with a creative approach who can work with large groups with very mixed prior musical experience. Arts organisations 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 CV 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. Member services for teaching musicians Insurance Professional Indemnity insurance Essential for unexpected claims while working as a music teacher. Read more about Professional Indemnity insurance England and Wales Disclosure and Barring Service Checks MU members can access to online DBS applications, making the process much simpler and quicker. Read more about Disclosure and Barring Service Checks Training Safeguarding Pupils Keep up-to-date with the legislation regarding safeguarding pupils and get the training you need. Read more about Safeguarding Pupils Get involved Become an MU Education Rep If you work in music education you can help the MU by becoming an Education Rep. Read more about Become an MU Education Rep Be better represented Join the Education Section Sign up to news in music education, and be eligible to stand for the MU's Education Section Committee to help shape the MU's aims and initiatives for music teachers. Read more about Join the Education Section MU Membership Are you a member of NEU, EIS or UCU? Access a full range of benefits to support your educator's career, at more affordable rates. Read more about Are you a member of NEU, EIS or UCU?