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Working As a Music Teacher

The Department of Education and Training employs classroom music teachers and instrumental music teachers. All are employed under the Teachers' Award - State. A link to the Teachers' Award is available below.

Positions and Qualifications

Instrumental Music Teachers

Teachers are usually employed to work across a cluster of schools, with a secondary school and feeder primary schools. Teachers implement the Department's Instrumental Music Program and Instrumental Music Curriculum. The attached Factsheet explains the role and conditions for Instrumental Music Teachers.
The Department requires Instrumental Music Teachers to possess appropriate qualifications in music and in teaching. For permanency as an Instrumental Teacher an applicant needs appropriate music and teaching qualifications. While the Queensland College of Teachers does not demand Teacher Registration for Instrumental Teachers, Education Queensland, as an employer, requires appropriate teaching qualifications. These include any course recognised by the Queensland College of Teachers for registration as a teacher, (e.g. Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Education) with suitable specialisation; as well as a number of approved courses in instrumental pedagogy.
The Department may, in some cases, employ applicants with music qualifications but without teaching qualifications for short term temporary positions.
Applicants for instrumental teaching positions (including teachers who wish to transfer to instrumental music) need an Instrumental Music Assessment in addition to any other teaching assessment.
Further information regarding qualifications or the assessment process is is available on the website. For enquiries regarding Metropolitan Region please contact the Music Resource Centre (07) 3354 0234, for further information.

Classroom Music Teachers

Classroom Music Teachers work in primary or secondary schools. For appointment as primary music teachers applicants require:
·         a degree in music, or music education (‘music’ would appear in the degree title).
·         Some preparation for primary music teaching;
          (e.g. P-12 music education degree, or secondary training certificate/s in the primary school music pedagogy such the Kodaly Institute certificate or equivalent.)
·         primary teaching or primary education degree or diploma, with
·         a performance diploma (including theoretical requirements) and with
·         certificate/s in primary school music pedagogy
         (e.g. Kodaly Institute relevant certificates, the Department's former 10 week course, or equivalent.)
Primary classroom music teachers may be full time, part time or work on a circuit across a number of schools. All music teachers require teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Applying for Positions

The Department of Education and Training fills vacancies from our pool of interviewed applicants. Your first step is to go to and complete an Application for Teacher Employment. If you are interested in teaching Instrumental Music you should also complete an Instrumental Music Assessment form (Instrumental Music Proficiency Assessment Application Form.doc). When we receive your application we will organise an interview where you will be assigned a rating. Our positions are filled according to your geographic and subject preferences and your assessment rating.
For enquiries regarding Metropolitan Region please contact the Music Resource Centre (07) 3354 0234, for further information. More information is available on the website.
Information regarding applying to the Department of Education and Training for teaching positions is available at