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Texas Music Teacher Certification

If you have a love of auditory sounds and expressing yourself through music, consider becoming a music teacher for students at any grade level. In this article, we'll take a look at the process of becoming a certified music teacher in Texas.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 22,000 teachers that fall into other subjects outside of the traditional classroom. Music teachers fall into this category. If you'd like to learn more about how to become a Texas music teacher, read below.

Requirements for Music Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)* $56,760 (Elementary), $56,670 (Middle), $57,830 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Music or Music Education
Testing Requirements TExES Music EC-12 (177)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

There are two steps for the education process, your music education and the education preparation program (EPP). Sometimes, the EPP is integrated with the bachelor's degree program to help you learn the proper teaching pedagogy and methods needed to be a music teacher. If the EPP is included, you will not need to go further than the bachelor's degree. However, if it is not included, you will need to continue your education with an EPP that includes classroom practice and education courses. For your bachelor's degree program, consider taking music education. This would likely fulfill both the bachelor's and the EPP requirements. In music education programs, you'll study how to teach music, how to play different instruments, and even production strategies for the stage.

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Step 2: Pass the TExES Exam

The TExES Music EC-12 exam tests prospective teachers on teaching music from preschool through high school graduation. This exam must be completed within the five hours allotted for test takers. Students will have 90 multiple choice questions to answer. This exam covers all grade levels, so anticipate questions for various levels of music comprehension. There are five categories, or domains, included in this exam:

  1. Listening
  2. Music, theory, and composition
  3. Music history and culture
  4. Music classroom performance
  5. Music education

Step 3: Be Fingerprinted

At MorphoTrust locations across Texas, you can have your fingerprints scanned into the database. This allows for an easier and quicker background check. Once the TEA and the FBI have run a criminal background check, you will be ready to submit your application and be certified. The average cost for a background check and fingerprinting is $49.

Texas Music Teacher Certification Resources

Music teachers need to complete certification exams like any other teacher in Texas. If you want help studying for the TExES exams, use the following links.

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