How to become a teacher

If you were anything like me when I first wanted to start teaching, then you must be wondering how does someone become a teacher. The process is not quite as daunting as you may think. However, I do not think that someone should advertise themselves as teachers without having the proper educational background or credentials. In my opinion, you must have most of the following:

1. 10,000+ hours of expertise in that field

2. 8-9 years of experience in that field

3. Actual application of your craft

What do these mean? For example, 10,000+ hours is just the bare minimum, I think, that you would need to become an expert in something. That sounds like a lot of time. Yes, of course it is. Honestly, imagine if you hired a piano teacher that only started learning the piano 2 years ago. That might sound like a lot of time, but it surely isn’t. You should be looking for the best of the best. And it takes much more dedication to learn and become good at your craft. More over, I think that 8-9 years is just the bare minimum also. You have to be very good at what you are planning to teach. If you don’t know absolutely everything about it, then how could someone trust you to teach them? Lastly, actual application is something that is absolutely necessary. You have to be well-known at this craft. It’s not something that you picked up as a hobby. It has to be something that you are passionate about.

Here are some of my credentials and you’ll see what I mean:

1. 18 years of experience playing the piano

2. 14 years of additional years of experience playing the double bass

3. 15 years of music lessons with a professional

4. Performed in recitals, concerts, auditions, and performances

5. Renowned in my field of work amongst all of my peers

6. Experience teaching for 4 years

7. Over 10,000 hours of dedication to learning music

8. Additional study in music theory and music history in college and music classes

Don’t be intimidated, I have been teaching for awhile. It’s hard to become a teacher, but the first question you should ask yourself is “are you qualified to become a teacher?”

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