Postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers educate postsecondary students in their field. Individuals in this position must be able to teach, coach, and lead students so they are able to reach their potential within the discipline. They must constructively critique and grade their students, requiring excellent communication skills, the ability to effectively deliver instructional material, and a willingness to listen to students' concerns.
These educators must possess a substantial range of knowledge in their given subject, which typically includes history, philosophy, theory, and language, among other aspects. They must use this knowledge to plan lectures and lessons, as well as respond to students' questions about their subject. Strong organizational skills are beneficial to postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers, as being able to maintain schedules, develop lesson plans, and maintain records are essential in this position. Postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers must also be able to work well with a wide variety of student personalities and with other instructors. These educators may also be required to participate in their institution's committees and workgroups, as well as attend departmental meetings and assessments by the department head.
Generally, at least a master's degree in the relevant field is required for postsecondary teachers in music, art, or drama. Experience in the related humanities field - as well as teaching experience - is needed as well.
Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Tasks
Evaluate and grade student performances, projects, assignments, and work.
Prepare and deliver lectures on topics such as acting, art, and music.
Explain and demonstrate specific techniques to students.