Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 50.68% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 31.67% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.


    Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.

    Keep students informed of community events, such as plays and concerts.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and performance pieces.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    Maintain or repair studio facilities.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.

    Display students' work in schools, galleries, and exhibitions.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.


Wood lathes

Wood art easels

Wireless microphones


Videoconferencing equipment

Vendercook presses

Vacuum casting equipment

All Tools

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Tungsten inert gas TIG welders

Tinsmithing hammers

Tinsmithing anvils

Television monitors

Tabletop presses

Tablet computers

Surround sound systems

Surface grinding machines

Student response systems

Stage spotlights

Spot welders

Sound stage cameras

Slip rollers

Sliding table saws

Sliding compound miter saws

Slab rollers

Silkscreen machines

Sheet metal brakes

Scroll saws

Sandblasting guns

Reshaping hammers

Pug mills

Projector screens

Printmaking presses

Power disc sanders

Poster printers

Portable air compressors

Pneumatic carving equipment

Platen presses

Plasma cutters

Photocopying equipment

Paper cutters

Paint booths

Oxygen torches

Overhead data projectors

Oscilliating spindle sanders

Opaque projectors

Negative pressure spray booths

Multitrack recording systems

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Modeling material extruders

Model stands

Microphone podiums

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Metal cutting band saws

Metal crucibles

Magnetic finger brakes

Machine lathes

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser facsimile machines

Laser cutting equipment

Laptop computers

Laminating equipment

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

Infrared camera tracking systems

Hydraulic tubing benders

Hossfield metal benders

Handheld microphones

General stage lighting

Gas-fired kilns

Foot shears

Experimental hyperinstruments

Engraving equipment

Electronic metronomes

Drill presses

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital mixing consoles

Digital calculators

Digital audio workstations

Desktop computers

Conference telephones

Computerized synthesizers

Computer projectors

Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes

Computer numerical control CNC vertical knee mills

Computer numerical control CNC routers

Computer laser printers

Computer inkjet printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Commercial sewing machines

Clay firing kilns

Carousel slide projectors

Burnout kilns

Book presses

Belt sanders

Beading tools

Band saws

Audio recording equipment

Artists’ paint brushes

Analog to digital audio converters


Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization


Microsoft Visual Studio


Adobe Systems Adobe Audition

All Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Apple DVD Studio Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple Logic Pro

Autodesk MotionBuilder


Calendar and scheduling software

Collaborative editing software



Faux Labs Splashup

Image scanning software

Komplete Kontrol

Learning management system LMS


Next Limit Maxwell Render


Pixar RenderMan Studio

Propellerhead Software Reason

Pure Data PD

Quark Xpress

Red Giant Trapcode Particular

Sakai CLE

Sonic Studio

The Foundry Nuke

The Pixel Farm PFTrack


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

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Occupation Sections


Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

History and Archeology

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Philosophy and Theology

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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