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Music Teacher Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Music Teacher interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What are your thoughts on competition in music?

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Competition can be a great way for students to strengthen their skills. But, competition can be spoiled, if it is not looked at through the right lens. Share with the interviewer how you gauge competition to allow students the best opportunities in life.

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30 Music Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What are your thoughts on competition in music?

      How to Answer

      Competition can be a great way for students to strengthen their skills. But, competition can be spoiled, if it is not looked at through the right lens. Share with the interviewer how you gauge competition to allow students the best opportunities in life.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Competition helps students in a lot of ways. But, if it is used to pressure or threaten, competition should not be used in that manner. I want students to compete, so they get feedback on their performance. Then, they can grow and develop in a positive way."

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      Community Answer

      "I love competitions. It gives great feedback to the choir directors on what we need to work on. Try to take it with a grain of salt and students tend to be very sensitive and defensive about it, especially at this age."

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      Why do you love competitions? Can you talk about some that you have been involved in or led? Does the students' sensitivity indicate that perhaps competition in music isn't advantageous for them at this age? Think through this and then discuss how the kids either benefit from these competitions or don't. Show your excitement about helping them in this way (or preferring to teach them in other ways).

  • 2. Speak about a time you partnered with another colleague to help enhance music in your classroom.

      How to Answer

      Partnership is essential for education. The more teachers are connected with others, there are less feelings of isolation and more feelings of hope and value. Share about successful collaboration you have been a part of in the past that grew student learning.

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      "I collaborated with the gym teacher a few years back. We worked to create a musical game that involved physical fitness. Students enjoyed the game because it was interactive and they got to play musical instruments."

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      "Our holiday concert. we had danced in our program as well as special ed students who swang with their teachers in the opening of the concert. So I SHARED my concert with them."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      It's wonderful that you incorporated special education and dance students in your concert. Can you talk more about how you worked with these teachers to make the concert successful? Why did you choose to include them? How did the concert end up? Did your students and/or the special education and dance students benefit from this collaboration? Consider mentioning how excited you are to collaborate with various teachers in this new role. Nice job!

  • 3. What does your classroom atmosphere look like?

      How to Answer

      A classroom atmosphere is imperative for learning. Share with the interviewer how you have your class organized. This way, they can catch the vision of how you would organize your classroom.

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      "In my classroom, I want learning all around. On one wall, I have different musical instrument posters. On the ceiling, I like to put the treble and bass clef with different notes to enhance learning. Putting things all over the place keeps students' attention on music."

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      Community Answer

      "I build a safe classroom environment. We come into our special spot and start with hello songs and solfeggio with rhythm. Then we get our books and come to the circle for our lesson. Then we put books away for a game that we usually have."

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's great that you strive to make your classrooms safe. How exactly do you ensure your students' safety? Do you make them feel both emotionally and physically safe? Do you also try to make your classroom fun and engaging? How? Really give the interviewer an idea of the type of classroom atmosphere you create and how this benefits the students so they can envision you doing it at their school. Good job!

  • 4. Explain a time you connected music with another subject in class.

      How to Answer

      Connecting music with other subjects is a must in education. Speak to a time you collaborated to make your lesson that much better. Students really do learn better when they have a fuller perspective of the subject.

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  • 5. What is your background in the Suzuki methodology?

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      Suzuki is over 50 years old, and its benefits are innumerable. As one of the most common music techniques, an interviewer may very well ask you your thoughts on the practice. Be ready to explain how you have used it or what value it could bring to students.

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  • 6. What is your music philosophy?

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      Every music teacher needs a philosophy. When you bring this to an interview, an interviewer will be extra impressed that you took the time. As you care deeply for your subject, an interviewer will see that, and you will have a better chance of being hired.

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  • 7. How do you develop community through music?

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      Building community is a great way to create relationships at a school. Music does this in the way students work together to complete a song. Share how you have seen this play out during your teaching career.

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  • 8. What question do you have about the vacant position?

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      When an interviewer asks you if you have any questions, make sure you have one prepared. Without a question to ask, the interviewer may feel you do not care as much as other candidates. So, check through the website and come up with a few questions that the interviewer could answer.

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  • 9. When should students use musical instruments in your class?

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      Musical instruments are a treat for most students. But, there should be a process, so students understand they have to earn playing with and on musical instruments. This way, everything will fall in order and the interviewer can understand your protocol for this focus.

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  • 10. How do you create a lesson plan?

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      The process of a lesson plan is not supposed to take a few seconds. Lesson plans are meticulously thought out and tied to grade level standards. Speak to the interviewer on how you develop and follow through with your plans.

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  • 11. What do you do with students who do not like your class?

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      Not all students will like music. But, the sign of a quality music teacher is one who can meet them at their level. Speak with the interviewer on how you will bridge the gap for this kind of student.

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  • 12. How have you changed your teaching style in the last two years?

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      A teaching style is always morphing into something new. The interviewer wants to see how you are still learning as an educator. Give a specific example to your style developing through the years.

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  • 13. How would most of your former students describe you?

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      Not all students will like you. An interviewer knows this. But, they want to get a perspective of how the general population views you. If students have positive things to say, the new school will probably say the same thing.

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  • 14. How much administrative support do you need for success?

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      Administrative support is vital to any successful teacher. But, some teachers need more administrative support than others. Be honest with the interviewer on how much you need to be successful.

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  • 15. What is your discipline style like?

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      Every teacher has their own discipline style. An interviewer may not care what your style is, as long as you have one. This way, they know you have a plan in place and enough experience to successfully lead your classroom.

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  • 16. Why are you a great candidate for this music teacher position?

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      Selling yourself is the trick here. Make sure to speak about your experience, your passion for teaching, and your schooling. This way, the interviewer can get the fullest of perspective on who you are.

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  • 17. Are ensemble trips valuable to you? Why or why not?

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      Ensemble trips can be a rewarding experience for students. But, it can take a lot of time that might not be available for all students. By weighing the pros and cons, share with the interviewer what you think about the subject and why you feel this way.

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  • 18. How do you feel about supervising events outside the normal school day?

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      To get a job, sometimes you have to go above and beyond. If you are willing to work extra, it may be easier for you to get a job. If you are unwilling, do not expect to get hired for this job.

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  • 19. What makes you want to teach at this school?

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      An interviewer wants to see if you have done your homework studying up on the potential school. If you do not study up on the school, the interviewer may think you do not care about the school you are trying to get hired at. So, show you care and get to understanding your possible school.

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  • 20. Why did you leave your last job?

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      Leaving a job is usually a difficult process. But, an interviewer wants to understand what the process was like for you. They want to make sure they are making the right hire, and not someone who was toxic at their last job.

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  • 21. What is the last workshop you attended?

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      Attending workshops gives you a better sense of how to be a better teacher. You get to connect with other music teachers, take in top-notch material, and have fun in the process. Describe to the interviewer what your experience was like.

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  • 22. Describe a professional organization you are a part of.

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      Professional organizations are essential in the life of any educator. When you are a part of one, there are resources and materials to use to better you as a teacher. Connecting with a professional organization will really impress your interviewer.

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  • 23. Share a strength and a weakness you have.

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      Every teacher has strengths and weaknesses in education. An interviewer knows this, but will not judge you for it. They just want to see how you work to improve your weaknesses and use your strengths to your advantage.

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  • 24. Share about your favorite music teacher. Why did they make such an impact on you?

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      Many people are led to become teachers because of an experience that changed their lives forever. The interviewer wants to hear the story about your experience with music. The more detail, the better here.

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  • 25. What personality characteristics should not be involved in teaching?

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      There are some personal qualities that have no place in a safe and supported classroom. The interviewer wants to see if you know what these no-nos are. This way, they can trust that you will never have these kinds of issues in your classroom.

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  • 26. What is the best asset you possess as a music teacher?

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      Every teacher has the thing they are best at. Share with the interviewer your best quality and how it impacts the classroom for the better. This way, the interviewer can get a sense of what assets you would bring to the school.

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  • 27. How do you select music for concerts?

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      Musical selection for concerts can be one of the most exciting, yet time consuming parts of being a music teacher. There are a lot of things that go into the planning process. The teacher needs to live up to school standards, as well as pick music that students can enjoy being a part of.

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  • 28. Share an experience where you worked with a special education student on music.

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      As classrooms are become more inclusive spaces, more and more teachers are working with special education students. The interviewer wants to know your experience and how you have handled situations with special education students before. Speak about the patience you have and lessons already created for all learners.

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  • 29. How important is music to overall education?

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      It is no secret that music has been cut more and more across the United States of America. But, the schools that keep music know its value. Speak to how music helps students in the rest of their lives.

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  • 30. What has inspired you to become a music teacher?

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      Music can inspire people in many different ways. Share about a time where music impacted you in a way you never thought was possible. Then, the interviewer can see your passion for the subject.

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