- Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success
- Ability to make critical observations
- Ability to concentrate and practice musical instruments for long periods
- Good listener
- Works well under pressure
- Team player and ability to work alone
- Ability to work with a myriad of populations and skill-sets, including adults and children, administrators and parents, etc.
- Ability to multitask
- Willingness to work extended work hours
- Public/private school music teacher
The state of Illinois has a long tradition of supporting music within its public schools. Because of this, there are a significant number of teaching positions available each year. Due to the reputation of Illinois State University, the School of Music, and the College of Education as state leaders in education, all music education graduates typically gain employment as music educators.
It is typical for incoming undergraduate students to be unsure of what they want to teach upon graduation. In fact, many freshmen Music Education majors are unsure if they really want to teach music at all. Experiences throughout the undergraduate degree program will help you decide if a career in music teaching is for you, as well as what type of career you want to have. Because the curricula of the various music degree options are so similar, students can easily transfer from the Music Education program without losing credits.