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How to Become a Music Teacher in New York

Becoming a music teacher in New York begins with pursuing a degree from an approved music education program. This article explores the certification requirements for New York music teachers and provides resources that can help one to prepare for certification.

Music is a specialized subject area. Those who qualify to teach music in the state of New York are qualified to teach any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12. Explore the article for steps you'll need to follow if you aspire to earn a degree and become a certified New York-based music teacher.

New York Music Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $77,330 (Elementary School); $78,060 (Middle School); $81,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Music Education
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

All teachers in the state of New York are required to have a bachelor's degree. Those who plan to teach music must complete an approved bachelor's degree program in music education. Some programs are called music K-12 teacher or music and music education. In addition to taking core academic courses and music courses, those who are studying to become music teachers must also fulfill the pedagogical course requirements. Music teachers must complete studies that cover information about human development, learning, special needs students, the way in which language develops and curriculum creation. They must also obtain reference letters from their postsecondary institutions that recommend them for certification. Music education programs include courses in music theory and may offer opportunities to focus studies in certain areas of music, such as band.

Step 2: Complete Certification Requirements

The Educating All Students (EAS) certification exam must be passed to become a teacher in the state of New York. Students must score 500 or higher to pass the EAS. Those pursuing careers as elementary school teachers must obtain a score of 46 or higher on the edTPA test. A minimum score of 38 is needed on the edTPA to teach middle or high school. In order to become a music teacher, it is also necessary to take the Content Specialty Test (CST) in music and score 220 or higher.

Step 3: Fulfill Additional Requirements

All teachers are expected to take education workshops. Music teachers must complete the Dignity For All Students Act workshop. They are also required to pass a criminal background check.

Teacher Certification Resources

Those planning to teach music can prepare for the CST music exam by using the links to the study guides provided here. The link to the EAS study guide will help prepare you to take the EAS test.


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