Music Teacher Resume Examples

Music teachers get students to share their passion for the arts. They combine deep technical knowledge with strong pedagogical skills, motivating learners to express themselves musically. But how to capture those themes on a clear, concise resume? You may be unsure where to start.

The following guide can help. Read on for examples and advice about:

  • •   Which skills to consider showcasing on your resume
  • •   What verbs will express the dynamic nature of your work
  • •   How to focus your resume profile on the job at hand

Downloadable Resume Examples

Entry-level
Music-Teacher_Entry-level.pdf

Example #1 Entry-level

Mid-career
Music-Teacher_Mid-career.pdf

Example #2 Mid-career

Senior-level
Music-Teacher_Senior-level.pdf

Example #3 Senior-level

Music Teacher Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Jessica Lang
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 12345

Profile

Music Teacher with strong recent experience at a large public middle school. Committed to providing dynamic music education experiences that spark students’ creativity and curiosity.

Work Experience

Music Teacher, BCD Middle School, Nashville, TN
August 2021 to Present

  • Plan and deliver General Music classes to groups of up to 25 students
  • Provide instrument-specific education to students in one-on-one and ensemble settings
  • Broadened the scope of the school’s music curriculum to include and explore new genres, instruments, and production technologies

Private Piano Tutor & Instructor, Nashville, TN
June 2018 to July 2021

  • Educated students of all ages on effective piano technique, with focus on the Classical repertoire

Student Teacher, CDE Middle School, Nashville, TN
January 2021 to May 2021

  • Facilitated instruction and learning activities for 7th grade English classes
  • Gained strong foundation in classroom management and teaching principles

Education & Certification

Bachelor of Arts (BA) — Music Education
University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN, May 2021
3.72 GPA magna cum laude
Recipient, ABC Scholarship

Licensed Teacher
State of Tennessee

Key Skills

  • Arts & Music Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Lesson Planning
  • Music Program Development
  • Private Musical Instruction
  • Musician Coaching & Tutoring

Aliya Jackson
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Pine Brook Dr, Miami, FL 12345

Profile

Creative Music Teacher with nearly 5 years of experience educating students at elementary and middle schools. Plan and provide fun, dynamic music classes that spark children’s creativity, participation, and enthusiasm for the arts. Innovator focused on finding viable new ways to enhance learning for multiple student ages and ability levels.

Professional Experience

Music Teacher, KLM Elementary & Middle School, Miami, FL
August 2020 to Present

  • Deliver engaging General Music classes to groups of up to 15 students
  • Teach students to play specific instruments in afterschool one-on-one and group settings, with lessons on guitar, drums, flute, trumpet, piano, and upright bass
  • Grew the scope of the school’s music curriculum to explore new genres, instruments, and production technologies
  • Praised for creating a more current and culturally relevant music program that drew greater student interest and enrollment

Music Teacher, LMN Elementary School, Miami, FL
August 2017 to June 2020

  • Planned and held lively classes to engage young learners in playing music
  • Built positive relationships with other teachers, leading to better collaboration and integration of teaching subjects

Education & Certification

Bachelor of Arts (BA) — Music Education
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, 2017
3.6 GPA | Dean’s List

Licensed Teacher
State of Florida

Key Skills

  • Arts & Music Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Cross-Discipline Collaboration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Workshops
  • Lesson Planning
  • Music Program Development

John Bergsen
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
Ann Arbor, MI 12345

Profile

Dedicated Music Educator with nearly 8 years of experience teaching piano performance and music theory. Create and deliver dynamic classes that spark students’ creativity and enthusiasm for building piano proficiency. Focused on finding new ways to help students develop strong piano techniques and musical fluency. Work informed by a Master’s degree in piano performance.

Work Experience

Music Teacher & Lecturer — Piano, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, MI
August 2018 to Present

  • Educate music majors and other art students on building and demonstrating proficiency with piano
  • Instruct piano performance majors on advanced keyboard harmony and transposition
  • Manage and update students’ piano performance schedule and attendance records
  • Draw a strong link between class piano and the skills required for work in various professional music settings

Piano Teacher, QRS Arts Academy, Detroit, MI
August 2014 to May 2018

  • Planned course syllabus and delivered classes and lectures to engage learners in playing piano
  • Fostered positive relationships with other educators, leading to better collaboration and integration of academic subjects

Education

University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, MI

Master of Arts (MA) — Piano Performance
Bachelor of Arts (BA) — Music Education
magna cum laude | Recipient, XYZ Honors Scholarship

Affiliation
PQR Music & Arts Association | 2020 to Present

Key Skills

  • Applied Piano Lessons
  • Arts & Music Education
  • Classroom Music Pedagogy
  • Course Materials & Repertoire Selection
  • Curriculum Development
  • Keyboard Orientation & Technique
  • Learning Workshop Facilitation
  • Lesson Planning
  • Music Program Development
  • Music Theory

Tips for Writing a Better Music Teacher Resume

1. Show how you’ve enhanced the music program

If you work as part of a school’s broader music or arts program, consider how the program has changed during your time there. In what ways have you contributed to that change? Did you broaden the scope of music education in some way? Or deepen the level of instruction for a particular instrument or subject? Including details like these help the hiring manager see your commitment to offering new learning experiences to students.

Example:

  • Grew the scope of the school’s music curriculum to explore new genres, instruments, and production technologies
  • Praised for creating a more current and culturally relevant music program that drew greater student interest and enrollment

 

2. Note how you position students for success

Many schools (particularly at the college level) want to make a clear connection between what students learn, and how they use that learning in the real world later. Think about whether and how that topic has come into play in your own experience. For instance, have you gone beyond music instruction to teach your students the basics of professional communication, or pointed them in certain career directions based on their talents and interests? If so, consider adding details to that effect in your job descriptions.

Example:

  • Draw a strong link between class piano and the skills required for work in various professional music settings

 

3. Include a profile summary

At the top of your resume (just under the contact header), write a paragraph summary of your top qualifications. The paragraph should briefly describe your experience and record of success as a music teacher. It’s also a great place to mention your communication style or other “soft skills,” which may serve as a conversation-starter during an interview. Including a profile section lets you train the hiring manager’s attention first and foremost on your unique professional strengths.

Example:

Creative Music Teacher with nearly 5 years of experience educating students at elementary and middle schools. Plan and provide fun, dynamic music classes that spark children’s creativity, participation, and enthusiasm for the arts. Innovator focused on finding viable new ways to enhance learning for multiple student ages and ability levels.

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Music Teacher Resumes

Music teachers combine strong subject knowledge and communication skills to get people excited about music and the arts. For an effective music teacher resume, include a “Key Skills” section that gives the hiring manager an overview of your expertise. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Arts & Music Education Classroom Management
Classroom Music Pedagogy Community Engagement
Course Materials & Repertoire Selection Cross-Discipline Collaboration
Curriculum Development Learning Workshop Facilitation
Lesson Planning Music Program Development
Music Theory Musician Coaching
Private Musical Instruction Tutoring

Common Action Verbs for Music Teacher Resumes

We know it’s easy to get stuck when writing the professional experience section of a resume. You might find that you start to run out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs. As you look over the options, keep in mind that the best resume verbs will show you creating or changing something for the better, rather than simply handling a task — so while a verb like managed is OK, it is less impressive than a verb like enhanced or increased.

Action Verbs
Coordinated Created
Decreased Developed
Educated Eliminated
Engaged Enhanced
Established Generated
Improved Increased
Initiated Instructed
Introduced Planned
Raised Revitalized
Started Uncovered

How to Align Your Music Teacher Resume With the Job Description

If you know and have taught a variety of musical instruments, you may be inclined to feature that on your resume’s profile section. Experience with a lot of instruments can indeed be an asset for certain music education jobs — say, conductor of a high school orchestra.

But what if the description is for a job teaching just one or a few different instruments? In this case, featuring your broad music background can make your resume seem unfocused, or signal you lack the level of specialization the job calls for.

You can avoid this problem by always limiting the scope of detail on your resume to what’s really relevant to the job at hand. Say the job is teaching guitar. Consider taking out the line in your profile about your broad music background and replacing it with one about your guitar-specific teaching experience. Doing so can help the hiring manager see you’re specifically qualified for the position they’re trying to fill.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.