Becoming a music teacher can be a really exciting career choice. If you have decided to become a music teacher it, of course, would be because you love music of course!

Being able to work in something that you love and be able to get paid for it is always something incredible.

So what is it about music and playing instruments that are so amazing? Classical music is really nice to listen to, as well as listening to music in an orchestra. It is something really soothing.

An orchestra is made up of many instruments that we learn to play when we are young. Classical music isn't the only genre of music of course.

Over the centuries and decades, we have used instruments to create plenty of different genres of music from rock to hip-hop to funk and much more.

In the United States, we have been using instruments to express ourselves musically for a long time and some have become more of a popular instrument to get started with than others.

Some instruments are more popular and cool, for example, an instrument you would see in a rock band, or for hip-hop, while others are more old school and classical.

Some instruments are easier to learn than others are, and sometimes we want to learn something just for the sake of learning. A really gifted teacher can teach his or her students different types of instruments.

So what are the instruments they will probably want to learn?

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Most students want to learn a popular instrument like the guitar or drums. Source: Pixabay

Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. And it will answer you with things people can't tell you. - Paul McCartney

In the United States, the popularity of a musical instrument may change from one region to another. You probably wouldn't find someone playing the banjo in Boston, but in the deep south, it is a way more common occurrence.

The culture of the region creates a huge influence on what musical instruments are popular based on the music that is played in the area.

Looking outside of the United States, there is a lot of different folk music that is played for example in Europe and South America.

Different instruments that you wouldn't even find in the United States are played there.

Some instruments are very old and unique to the culture and folklore that have been made for centuries.

In countries like the United States, instruments are many times made of much more modern and expensive materials. Electric guitars are really typical and many learners would love to have one.

Top-of-the-line acoustic guitars are also available in the United States as well as great pianos violins and more.

Factoring in everything that was said before, some instruments will be popular wherever you are in the world.

Here are some of the instruments you will find anywhere in the United States or even other parts of the world:

  • Piano: Million and millions of people learn how to play the piano every year around the world, including the United States of course. The piano has been used from classical music to rock music and more. The stereotype is those who can play the piano are also extremely intellectually gifted.
  • Keyboard: Pianos are really expensive and it can be impossible for many people to buy one. However, you can still learn how to play the piano and learn the keys by getting a keyboard. Keyboards are really affordable and diverse, as well as much less heavy.
  • Acoustic Guitar: The acoustic guitar has become a bit cliché over the years. It's definitely the preferred instrument when it comes to teens on the beach or hippies. However, you can play many different styles of music with the acoustic guitar. Many rock legends have used the acoustic guitar to create legendary hits.
  • Drums: One of the loudest and least portable instruments, it is also really fun to play. Drums are one of the most important instruments for a lot of different genres of music. Nowadays electric drums are really popular, as they don't make as much noise and are much more portable than a normal drum set.
  • Violin: The violin is recognized as one of the most historically important instruments. The violin is synonymous with classical music. The violin is really key to a lot of different genres of music.
  • Electric Guitar: An electric guitar is really different from an acoustic guitar. While they both have the same amount of strings and are played the same you can do different things with an electric guitar's sound. While it won't sound as sweet, it is a really popular instrument for a few different reasons. The electric guitar has been played by legendary pop and rock artists over the decades, which is why it's one of the most popular instruments around.

Of all the instruments mentioned which one are you most interested in? If you have the skills in all or one or two of the mentioned instruments you can really advertize yourself as a teacher in these instruments.

Since they are the most popular instruments, learning to play as many of these as possible will allow you to become attractive to many more potential customers. Being able to offer an hour of piano, an hour of guitar, an hour of drums, will make you a very popular music tutor.

The Best Instruments to Learn for Beginners

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These instruments are easy to teach and learn. Source: Unsplash

While a musical instrument may be popular and show up in music videos and rock concerts, that does not necessarily mean that it is simple and straightforward to learn.

Perhaps the guitar for many players is really difficult to learn. While someone may have dreams of being a guitarist, they may just not be cut out for it. That doesn't mean they can't make good music. There are also plenty of instruments that some people don't even consider.

So, what are the most straightforward instruments to learn for a child, adolescent, or adult beginner?

  • Ukulele: The ukulele has become pretty popular these days with the hipster crowd. It has been proven to be one of the easiest instruments to learn. There are several different sizes of ukuleles, such as the soprano, tenor, and concert ukulele. Having four strings and looking very similar to the guitar, the ukulele is different in size from the guitar, making it more practical to carry around and easier to get your hands around as well as feeling less pain in the fingers.
  • Recorder: This instrument most of us learn how to play really early on in grade school. Mary had a little lamb was definitely the all-time recorder classic. If you tutor young children, you will have to set them up with the recorder.
  • Harmonica: Utilised in many different music genres such as jazz, country, the blues, rock, or folk, the harmonica is a small instrument that is quite simple to learn for beginners. Before playing the harmonica, there is practically nothing that you need to study, and from the beginning, you don't need to sound "in key." An extra advantage of the harmonica is that they are extremely portable and only take up a little space in your pocket.
  • Bongos: consisting of two small connected drums, the bongos are a very ancient instrument with many reports claiming they originated in the island that is today Cuba. The bongos feature a smaller drum with a higher tone and a larger drum with a lower tone. Bongos are easy to find in tourist shops when traveling the world and they can be made of various types of material. Playing the bongos paves the way for learners who want to learn about percussion instruments in the future.

Learning Before You Teach

If you are interested in learning a new instrument to teach your students there are a few ways you can go about this. You can learn over the internet using various websites like Youtube, and instructional websites to watch instructional videos.

You can even learn with a tutor before you start tutoring, yourself. Using Superprof is a great platform to use to find tutors and find students. You can use Superprof to work with a tutor to help you learn an instrument and Superprof will put you in contact with students in your area to work with.

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