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Skills shortage may provide jobs for music students

17 Apr 2007

Skills shortage may provide jobs for music students A gap in the teaching market might prove the perfect opportunity for music students to earn some extra cash.

New research by the Institute of Education has found that many primary teachers lack the specialist skills to teach music and less than half the trainee teachers questioned felt confident about their abilities in this area.

Susan Hallam, who led the research, said: "We've known since the early 1990s that many primary teachers feel ill-equipped and insecure at the prospect of having to teach music.

"Although the situation has improved slightly, many teachers still have the same reservations."

Many parents feel that a musical education is an essential part of a child's development. This is a view also expressed by Ms Hallam, who emphasised "music is vital to a child's education. It helps concentration, aids relaxation and can influence moods and emotions".

This means that many parents are prepared to pay large amounts, typically up to £50 per lesson, to secure good quality private music tuition for their children.

So, if you're a music student with more time on your hands than money, and you think you have what it takes to be a private tutor, this might be the time to brush up that CV and cash in on the skills shortfall.

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