Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Median Annual Wage: $64,300

Education: Master's degree (55%); Doctoral degree (26%); Bachelor's degree (9%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Professor; Music Professor; Art Professor; Theatre Professor; Art History Professor; Dance Professor; Art Instructor; Associate Professor; Professor of Music; Assistant Professor of Music

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary.

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  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and performance pieces.
  • Display students' work in schools, galleries, and exhibitions.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Keep students informed of community events such as plays and concerts.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary.

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary.

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