Deciding whether or not to teach music abroad can be a tough decision to make. There are of course a number of things to consider before picking up your instruments and jetting off to immerse yourself in a completely different country and culture! However, research shows more and more people in the music education field are choosing to experience a global adventure whether it's through studying or teaching.
So, you’ve been playing music for a while. It’s your passion and now you're ready to share your knowledge with the world. Usually this type of language would lead to musicians using their skills and knowledge to progress music students in their local area - but why stop there? Music is a language that can be understood around the world - why not use it to travel, explore and experience potentially life changes events in the process?
Well, with RSL's internationally recognised Professional Diplomas you can do just that! Designed to support creative professionals in their music and performing arts careers, teaching music overseas could become a reality for those with a passion for different musical cultures, and a desire to engage in experiences that develop personal and professional growth.
With that said, here are our top 5 Benefits of teaching abroad:
1. Explore Different Cultures
One of the most exciting elements that comes from travelling, is that it allows you to develop a whole new mind set and way of life, far removed from what you've become accustomed to in your home nation. It is the perfect opportunity to really challenge yourself by getting out of your comfort zone and learning about new places, people and cultures. The great thing is you can do all this while doing what you love doing most, teaching music!
2. Discover New Styles and Genres
Teaching abroad not only allows you to share your music knowledge with others, it's also a great opportunity to discover different music styles, beats, rhythms and musical histories. It is a great way to get a better understanding of the traditional aspects of different music styles and how they have developed over time. You never know, you might find that these experiences influences both your own playing and teaching methods.
China: Rockschool drums clinic
3. The Global Language of Music!
Music is in itself, a global language that can be used to communicate with anyone else who speaks it. If you haven’t thought about this before, teaching abroad will definitely help you realise the authenticity of this expression through your experiences with the students and musicians you'll meet on your travels.
“Language has melody — which linguists call prosody. Exactly these same features — pitch, rhythm, and tempo — are used to convey emotion in speech, in a way that appears to be universal across languages.”
You can read more about this subject in "Is Music a Universal Language?" by David Ludden (Ph.D.) for Psychology Today here.
4. Take Your Lessons With You!
The great thing about being a musician is not only can you travel with your instruments, but thanks to advanced technologies such as music players, phone devices and streaming services, it's so easy to have access to all your favourite music no matter where you are in the world. This can also include all of your teaching resources and supporting audio, which means you can start teaching lessons as you would at home, straight away!
India: Rockschool student showcase
5. Connect with Other Musicians
Not only do you get the opportunity to share your expertise on your travels, but you can also connect with other musicians who you can learn from, or even collaborate with encouraging you to develop new skills. If you would like to contact the RSL reps that exist in over 45 countries around the world, simply follow the link in the button below and click on the RSL International page of your choice:
If you have any personal experience using RSL resources to teach music around the world, then we'd love to hear from you! E-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get right back to you!