Music teachers have a difficult task – yet a rewarding one. Conveying the love of music to anyone is an enjoyable undertaking if one has the patience to see it through to the end. However, unlike other subjects, music can’t just be taught out of one book.
It is really mind-boggling the vast amount of music teacher resources there are available out there. You can see entire stores filled with items of a musical nature – the same can’t really be said about math. In addition to instruments, you need music, lesson plans, and in some cases, software and recording equipment have become standard.
A piano instructor could go through countless different books of sheet music for a single student – what if she was to have a dozen. Twelve students, all with different tastes and different skill levels trying to learn a wide range of pieces – quite a daunting logistics situation indeed. And as skill improves, a teacher would need access to more and more materials just to challenge their student.
Many teachers rely on donations from their students (or the parents of their students) to try to fill the need. Sure, most music teachers charge for their services, but teaching materials can be expensive, and they often rely on the generosity of their customers to provide enough to do an adequate job.
Retail prices for music teacher resources can be extremely cost prohibitive, and sometimes it can be hard to find places that will offer an educator discount. Thankfully, the internet has made finding these resources cheaply extremely easy. Sheet music you can also find free of charge online – if you know where to look.
Since most of the real classics are in the public domain, you don’t have to worry about breaking any laws by “downloading music illegally.” Savvy teachers also watch pawnshops and used instrument stores for good deals on other materials that just can’t be downloaded on the internet.
It can be tough for music teachers to get the resources they need to do the most possible for their students. Thankfully, with a little extra work and support, and with the help of modern technology, that burden is becoming easier to bear.