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How many years of experience does it take before you can officially be a music teacher?

I'm looking to go to college at Baldwin Wallace, how many years after I graduate would I need to student teach before I could become a teacher myself.

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Paulo Ricardo’s Answer

In my opinion, it is not a matter of how many years you have to study, but of your commitment to study. There are professionals who leave college and already fit in as a music teacher, others take a few years to become a music teacher, try to get closer to the professionals who are already in the market to acquire more knowledge and tips.
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Julio’s Answer

Hey Anna! I looked at the Education Undergraduate program for Baldwin Wallace and it looks like they have a Music Education program that I assume you are planning to take. Once you complete this program and graduate from BW, you are able to immediately begin teaching. For most states, it is required that you complete one year of student teaching before you finally become a full-fledged teacher. This one-year period of student teaching still gives you the full pay and benefits of a regular teacher, but you will have a mentor that guides you and regular checkups with the principal or vice principle to ensure you are comfortable and feeling confident in your classroom! I suggest you ask a counselor/advisor once you begin attending BW for more details about the state's requirements! Good Luck!
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Pamela’s Answer

I would call and ask an advisor at Baldwin Wallace. I did my student teaching my senior year in college and was then eligible for my certification as I have completed my coursework. As stated by another responder you can teach on your own as well and give lessons for an instrument or voice. Best wishes.
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Colette’s Answer

Hi Anna! If you are an avid musician, there is nothing stopping you from starting now. There are always kids that want to learn the basics and sometimes even classes like parent and toddler music classes may be an option. If you can make a difference in any way, especially through music and reaching children, then you can do it without a formal qualification. Once you're in school, you'll be able to learn more and become a better musician yourself. The other option is to pursue a full teaching career, but focus on the music aspect of it.
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