Early Childhood Music Jobs

With an educational background in early childhood music education, wide varieties of jobs become available to you. Most early childhood education degrees permit you to teach children up to third grade. Each state is different, so make sure to check with your state's teaching requirements for teaching to be sure.


Orff-Schulwerk is a system of teaching children about music that uses dance, music, rhythm and instruments to engage the child. Composer Carl Orff developed the initial program to improve the quality of music education. Orff requires special training and courses in addition to a degree in early childhood music education. The training will qualify you to teach children from birth through middle school. The techniques learned find their basis in things that children love to do including singing, clapping and keeping rhythm.

Private Instructor

Private instruction doesn’t require a degree from a university, but having that education does lend you extra credibility. Private instructors may teach any age child in a variety of disciplines. Many teachers specialize in piano, music theory or a specific woodwind, brass or stringed instrument. If you have the ability to play an instrument, then it is possible to develop a lucrative career as a private instructor. Instructors typically put on recitals and teach one-on-one with students. With early childhood music, the parents often sit in on the lessons.

Group Classes

Group classes at community centers, in your own home or in local schools provide another avenue for early childhood music specialists to consider. When schools have to cut budgets, music is often the first course downsized. However, parents still understand the important of music training and often will enroll their students in an after-school program. Schools generally will work with independent music teachers to bring an extra level of education to their school. Contact schools in your area to see if any will work with you to teach after school classes.


With a degree in early childhood music, you may teach pre-school and elementary school students. There are several options for teaching including charter schools, private schools and public schools. Public schools generally have resources that are more reliable, while charter schools have limited funding based on fundraisers, student enrollment and government aid. Private schools have the most potential for finances since they generally rely on corporate sponsors. Contact your local school district to determine if any schools in your area are hiring.


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