Is Substitute Music Instruction Right for You?Teaching can be a major source of income for experienced musicians. The demand for qualified music instructors is on the rise, and the need for substitute teachers is also becoming a greater need.

In this episode of DAWCast: Music Entrepreneurship, David Andrew Wiebe reflects on eight months of substitute teaching and answers the question, “is substitute music instruction right for you?”

Substitute Music Instruction:

If you choose to become a substitute music instructor, you will be stepping into a variety of different situations. Some teachers may be working with a specific method book, while others will be working with another. Some students may be used to a particular way of teaching. Some students may have a lot of commitments outside of lessons.

You as a substitute instructor have to be ready for whatever situations arise. Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself if you are considering getting into subbing:

  1. Do you have prior experience?
  2. Are you adaptive?
  3. Do you have a flexible schedule?
  4. Is your vehicle roadworthy?
  5. Can you think on your feet?
  6. Do you have plenty of sources to pull lesson material from?
  7. Are you patient?
  8. Do you have a personality that’s suited to it?
  9. Are you able to lay the law down when you need to?
  10. Are you comfortable with the uncomfortable?

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Author: David Andrew Wiebe

David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a touring schedule with multiple bands.