Piano Teacher Job Profile

If you enjoy playing the piano and have thought about earning money as a piano teacher, you may be interested in becoming a piano teacher.


In order to teach piano in schools, you will need a bachelor's degree in music along with a teacher certification. However, if you decide to work for yourself, you will just need to have a proven knowledge of how to play the piano. Don't be surprised if your prospective clients ask what your qualifications are and request that you provide them with references. Also, more and more, piano teachers need to have a knowledge of electronic keyboards and how to use computer equipment in order to keep up with the latest advancements in music.

Hours/work schedule

If you are a piano teacher who works in a school, you can expect to work weekdays from about seven or eight in the morning until about three or four in the afternoon, teaching about five classes a day. But if you are self employed, perhaps giving lessons in your home, a studio, or your student's residences, you are more likely to work weekday afternoons and evenings as well as some weekends since those are the hours when your younger pupils are most likely to be out of school and your older pupils to be off work and seeking instruction.

Skills and Responsibilities

As a piano teacher, you will need a great deal of patience to deal with students of various ages and their parents. You will also benefit from having both good communication and organizational skills since you will have to discuss the progress of students and keep track of appointments. Along with preparing and giving lessons, piano teachers must schedule recitals and contest opportunities for their students, ultimately taking responsibility for how well their students do.


Piano teachers that are employed by schools will have a set salary comparable to other instructors in the school, often ranging anywhere from $25,000 a year to $50,000 annually, depending on the instructor's level of education and experience not to mention the area of the country where she works. Self employed piano teachers generally set their own wages - either hourly or per lesson - with a range of somewhere between $20 - $50 being fairly common. Although working for yourself can be lucrative, it can also be a hassle keeping track of the billing, late payments and missed appointments. You also have to take into account that your income isn't always a steady one.

Advancement and Benefits

In general, there is little to no room for advancement as a piano teacher. The job is pretty much the same from one year to the next, so if you are considering going into this line of work, make sure it is something you really enjoy doing.

Only piano teachers employed in schools can expect to have health or dental insurance, a pension or paid holidays. For the self employed person, these benefits will have to be handled individually. Although being a piano teacher can be challenging, it can also be very rewarding helping students learn to read music and to gain a certain level of mastery on a musical instrument that you love playing yourself.