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Art, Drama, & Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Art Professor, Music Professor, Professor, Theatre Professor

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • multimedia
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Music or sound editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Apple Logic Pro
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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