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Teachers specialising in certain Arts subjects offer extra-curricular classes for children, teenagers and adults who want to concentrate on a certain discipline but perhaps do not have the opportunity to do as much as they’d like, either at school or at home. Ballet, for example, is not taught in most schools, but it is something which lots of young people enjoy and, therefore, can only study outside of the classroom.
Regardless of their trade, Arts teachers will need to be highly trained and experienced in their respective discipline.
Like most teaching roles, teachers of the Arts will need to prepare relevant material and plan classes or workshops, mark and assess any work and give appropriate feedback to students and parents or guardians. They also organise and attend field trips and social events. This may include theatre or concert trips, gallery visits, or inviting guest speakers and teachers.
Teachers will also organise, rehearse and promote concerts, performances or exhibitions for their students to partake in.
Arts teachers who do not work in schools will be responsible for organising appropriate space in which to teach: classrooms; dancehalls; or studios, and will also need to obtain and keep track of any equipment.
Teaching will normally have to take place outside of school hours, in the evenings and/or at weekends in order to accommodate school time and working hours. Some Arts teachers who teach permanently at schools may even hold classes during school holidays either to give special attention to keen or gifted pupils or to supplement income.
They are responsible for ensuring that their practices comply with health and safety regulations.