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MUSIC TEACHER/CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINER: The All-Star Of The Music And Children Crossover Market

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Andrea has the children's market covered - she teaches swimming, music, mommy-and-me movement, musical theater, and is a party entertainer and children's songwriter. Her work stems from activities she did with her family growing up, and ones that she did as a mother with her own kids. She fell into the work she does now mostly by accident, and she only wishes that she had known sooner that the market for this work existed.

Degree: Social Work
Job Title: Music Teacher & Children's Entertainer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Job Description

Self-enrichment teachers instruct in a variety of subjects that students take for fun or self-improvement, such as music and foreign languages. These classes generally do not lead to a degree or certification, and students take them voluntarily to learn new skills or gain understanding of a subject.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Self-enrichment teachers generally need to have some experience in the field in which they teach. For example, a pottery teacher should have some experience in designing and making pottery. They can get this experience through formal work experience, but they can also get it through volunteer work or personal hobbies. Formal education programs may prefer to hire workers who have some teaching experience.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Empathy, People skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='19850'>I've</span> <span m='20480'>created</span> <span m='20880'>a</span> <span m='20950'>lot</span> <span m='21230'>of</span> <span m='21370'>different</span> <span m='21670'>music</span> <span m='22000'>programs.</span> <span m='23230'>I've</span> <span m='23660'>created</span> <span m='23970'>something</span> <span m='24210'>called</span> <span m='24410'>sing</span> <span m='24620'>and</span> <span m='24740'>swim,</span> <span m='25040'>where</span> <span m='25290'>I</span> <span m='25370'>teach</span> <span m='25680'>swimming</span> <span m='26220'>using</span> <span m='26560'>music.</span> <span m='27420'>I</span> <span m='27760'>also</span> <span m='28210'>teach</span> <span m='28710'>mommy and</span> <span m='29100'>me</span> <span m='29270'>music</span> <span m='29490'>and</span> <span m='29540'>movement</span> <span m='29990'>classes.</span> <span m='31060'>I</span> <span m='31300'>teach</span> <span m='31700'>musical</span> <span m='32110'>theater</span> <span m='32479'>classes.</span> <span m='33110'>I</span> <span m='33220'>also</span> <span m='33590'>teach</span> <span m='34220'>group</span> <span m='34690'>piano</span> <span m='35080'>lessons</span> <span m='35710'>for</span> <span m='35860'>three and a half</span> <span m='36250'>to</span> <span m='36410'>five-year-olds</span> <span m='36930'>and</span> <span m='37490'>group piano</span> <span m='37880'>lessons</span> <span m='38260'>for</span> <span m='39000'>the</span> <span m='39110'>five</span> <span m='39410'>to</span> <span m='39580'>eight-year-olds,</span> <span m='40060'>where</span> <span m='40160'>they</span> <span m='40230'>actually</span> <span m='40550'>get</span> <span m='40800'>on</span> <span m='40930'>the</span> <span m='41270'>piano and</span> <span m='41580'>do a</span> <span m='41640'>lot</span> <span m='41910'>of</span> <span m='42040'>playing.</span> </p><p><span m='43230'>I</span> <span m='43710'>am a</span> <span m='43950'>party</span> <span m='44280'>entertainer.</span> <span m='45100'>I</span> <span m='45280'>take</span> <span m='45550'>my</span> <span m='45660'>music</span> <span m='46020'>and movement</span> <span m='46490'>and</span> <span m='46630'>theater</span> <span m='47100'>to</span> <span m='47600'>birthday</span> <span m='47930'>parties.</span> <span m='48980'>I've</span> <span m='49300'>worked</span> <span m='50460'>for</span> <span m='50680'>the</span> <span m='50790'>Girl</span> <span m='51080'>Scout</span> <span m='51940'>troops.</span> <span m='52530'>I</span> <span m='52760'>do</span> <span m='52980'>it</span> <span m='53810'>at</span> <span m='54020'>libraries</span> <span m='54830'>for</span> <span m='54970'>concerts.</span> <span m='56260'>I've</span> <span m='56480'>written</span> <span m='56910'>my</span> <span m='57140'>two</span> <span m='57780'>children</span> <span m='58140'>CDs.</span> <span m='59650'>And</span> <span m='60462'>I</span> <span m='60870'>do</span> <span m='61500'>all</span> <span m='61740'>kinds</span> <span m='62020'>of</span> <span m='62110'>work</span> <span m='62320'>with</span> <span m='62460'>music</span> <span m='63160'>and</span> <span m='63650'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='64720'>When</span> <span m='64959'>I</span> <span m='65050'>was</span> <span m='65260'>a</span> <span m='65390'>child,</span> <span m='65850'>my</span> <span m='65970'>mom</span> <span m='66320'>always</span> <span m='66980'>sang</span> <span m='67580'>to</span> <span m='67770'>us</span> <span m='68110'>in</span> <span m='68230'>the</span> <span m='68320'>car</span> <span m='68610'>to</span> <span m='68680'>keep</span> <span m='68910'>us</span> <span m='69080'>quiet because</span> <span m='69450'>there</span> <span m='69540'>were</span> <span m='69680'>six</span> <span m='69950'>of</span> <span m='70060'>us.</span> <span m='70540'>And</span> <span m='70750'>she'd</span> <span m='70930'>teach</span> <span m='71160'>us</span> <span m='71280'>rounds,</span> <span m='71680'>and</span> <span m='71830'>she</span> <span m='72020'>played</span> <span m='72250'>the piano.</span> <span m='72720'>And we'd sing</span> <span m='73120'>around</span> <span m='73330'>the</span> <span m='73410'>piano.</span> <span m='74220'>And</span> <span m='74420'>then</span> <span m='74550'>when</span> <span m='74690'>I</span> <span m='74770'>got</span> <span m='74980'>older,</span> <span m='75470'>I</span> <span m='75510'>started</span> <span m='75910'>singing</span> <span m='76390'>in</span> <span m='77600'>restaurants</span> <span m='78400'>that</span> <span m='78530'>I</span> <span m='78580'>worked</span> <span m='78940'>at,</span> <span m='79330'>and</span> <span m='79790'>clubs.</span> <span m='80730'>And</span> <span m='81030'>then</span> <span m='81620'>when</span> <span m='81910'>I</span> <span m='82300'>moved</span> <span m='82560'>to</span> <span m='82660'>California</span> <span m='84690'>I</span> <span m='85170'>decided</span> <span m='85640'>that</span> <span m='85780'>I</span> <span m='85840'>didn't</span> <span m='86060'>want</span> <span m='86180'>to</span> <span m='86220'>be</span> <span m='86300'>a</span> <span m='86350'>social</span> <span m='86710'>worker</span> <span m='86950'>anymore,</span> <span m='87220'>which</span> <span m='87380'>is</span> <span m='87480'>what</span> <span m='87590'>I</span> <span m='87620'>went</span> <span m='87810'>to</span> <span m='87900'>college</span> <span m='88370'>for.</span> <span m='88800'>And</span> <span m='88940'>I</span> <span m='89060'>did</span> <span m='89260'>work</span> <span m='89500'>in</span> <span m='89570'>that</span> <span m='89750'>field</span> <span m='89990'>for</span> <span m='90160'>11</span> <span m='90480'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='90830'>But</span> <span m='90990'>I</span> <span m='91060'>decided</span> <span m='91650'>that</span> <span m='91790'>I</span> <span m='91840'>wanted</span> <span m='92080'>to</span> <span m='92170'>do</span> <span m='92280'>something</span> <span m='92540'>with</span> <span m='92690'>children,</span> <span m='93080'>because</span> <span m='93420'>I</span> <span m='94480'>had</span> <span m='94810'>children</span> <span m='95250'>at</span> <span m='95360'>that</span> <span m='95550'>point</span> <span m='95780'>of</span> <span m='95860'>my</span> <span m='96040'>own.</span> <span m='96340'>And</span> <span m='96510'>I</span> <span m='96570'>wanted</span> <span m='96790'>to</span> <span m='96880'>do</span> <span m='96970'>something</span> <span m='97330'>fun</span> <span m='97720'>and</span> <span m='98070'>creative</span> <span m='98590'>that</span> <span m='98760'>they</span> <span m='98870'>could</span> <span m='99030'>be</span> <span m='99170'>involved</span> <span m='99510'>in</span> <span m='99640'>as</span> <span m='99780'>well.</span> <span m='100450'>So</span> <span m='101400'>I</span> <span m='101650'>started</span> <span m='102990'>this</span> <span m='103250'>music</span> <span m='103580'>business.</span> <span m='104300'>And</span> <span m='104580'>originally</span> <span m='105080'>I</span> <span m='105110'>just</span> <span m='105300'>started</span> <span m='105730'>with</span> <span m='106140'>a</span> <span m='106310'>few</span> <span m='106560'>classes</span> <span m='107130'>and</span> <span m='107230'>a</span> <span m='107330'>few</span> <span m='107370'>children.</span> <span m='108250'>And</span> <span m='108440'>it</span> <span m='108530'>just</span> <span m='108720'>grew,</span> <span m='109120'>and</span> <span m='109270'>grew,</span> <span m='109660'>and</span> <span m='109800'>grew.</span> </p><p><span m='110220'>And</span> <span m='110570'>it</span> <span m='110740'>became</span> <span m='111250'>a</span> <span m='111370'>roller</span> <span m='111720'>coaster</span> <span m='112290'>and</span> <span m='113170'>I</span> <span m='113300'>rode</span> <span m='113530'>a</span> <span m='113590'>wave,</span> <span m='113970'>basically.</span> <span m='114520'>It</span> <span m='114710'>just</span> <span m='114910'>became</span> <span m='117280'>itself.</span> <span m='117930'>It</span> <span m='118230'>grew</span> <span m='118680'>into</span> <span m='119460'>a</span> <span m='119530'>birthday</span> <span m='119930'>party,</span> <span m='120310'>and then it</span> <span m='120635'>grew into</span> <span m='120960'>lots</span> <span m='121270'>of</span> <span m='121320'>birthday</span> <span m='121600'>parties.</span> <span m='121920'>And then</span> <span m='122210'>it grew into</span> <span m='122490'>concerts,</span> <span m='123110'>and</span> <span m='123200'>then it</span> <span m='123380'>grew</span> <span m='123610'>into</span> <span m='124040'>going</span> <span m='124440'>to</span> <span m='124720'>all</span> <span m='125000'>different</span> <span m='127340'>events</span> <span m='127780'>that</span> <span m='127930'>people</span> <span m='128229'>would</span> <span m='128400'>ask</span> <span m='128630'>me</span> <span m='128720'>to</span> <span m='128789'>come</span> <span m='129060'>to--</span> <span m='129259'>preschool</span> <span m='129960'>graduations</span> <span m='130820'>and</span> <span m='131260'>Girl</span> <span m='131560'>Scout</span> <span m='131740'>events,</span> <span m='132100'>all</span> <span m='132280'>kinds</span> <span m='132530'>of</span> <span m='132660'>things.</span> <span m='133470'>The</span> <span m='133540'>libraries</span> <span m='134310'>hired</span> <span m='134700'>me</span> <span m='134850'>for</span> <span m='135130'>performances</span> <span m='135430'>and</span> <span m='135730'>it</span> <span m='136060'>just</span> <span m='136280'>kept</span> <span m='136580'>going</span> <span m='136950'>from</span> <span m='137200'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='137900'>People</span> <span m='138180'>kept</span> <span m='138380'>asking</span> <span m='138790'>for</span> <span m='138930'>more.</span> <span m='139370'>They</span> <span m='139420'>didn't</span> <span m='139630'>want</span> <span m='139790'>to</span> <span m='139840'>stop</span> <span m='140350'>doing</span> <span m='140600'>music</span> <span m='140880'>with</span> <span m='140970'>me,</span> <span m='141110'>so</span> <span m='141290'>it</span> <span m='141450'>grew</span> <span m='141740'>and</span> <span m='141870'>grew</span> <span m='142160'>into</span> <span m='142500'>older</span> <span m='142870'>classes.</span> <span m='143320'>And</span> <span m='143410'>I</span> <span m='143460'>had</span> <span m='143650'>to</span> <span m='143740'>just</span> <span m='143940'>keep</span> <span m='144100'>creating</span> <span m='144580'>more</span> <span m='144960'>classes</span> <span m='145890'>so</span> <span m='146280'>the</span> <span m='146410'>kids</span> <span m='146660'>could</span> <span m='146840'>stay</span> <span m='147090'>along</span> <span m='147400'>with</span> <span m='147600'>me.</span> <span m='148460'>I</span> <span m='148770'>also</span> <span m='149670'>then,</span> <span m='150020'>when</span> <span m='150280'>my</span> <span m='150410'>children</span> <span m='150770'>were</span> <span m='150870'>younger,</span> <span m='151310'>I</span> <span m='151420'>wrote</span> <span m='152350'>some</span> <span m='152740'>CDs</span> <span m='153330'>because</span> <span m='153670'>I</span> <span m='153740'>started</span> <span m='154270'>using</span> <span m='154840'>my</span> <span m='155140'>songs</span> <span m='155660'>to</span> <span m='155810'>like</span> <span m='156120'>do</span> <span m='156280'>things</span> <span m='156600'>with</span> <span m='156710'>them--</span> <span m='156860'>when</span> <span m='157000'>I</span> <span m='157030'>gave</span> <span m='157270'>them</span> <span m='157390'>a bath,</span> <span m='157910'>or</span> <span m='158100'>when</span> <span m='158390'>I</span> <span m='158500'>would</span> <span m='159440'>put</span> <span m='159590'>their</span> <span m='159710'>clothes</span> <span m='160020'>on,</span> <span m='160230'>and</span> <span m='160610'>I'd</span> <span m='160790'>sing</span> <span m='161030'>to</span> <span m='161130'>them.</span> <span m='161380'>So</span> <span m='161540'>I</span> <span m='161650'>created</span> <span m='161970'>a</span> <span m='162010'>bunch</span> <span m='162260'>of</span> <span m='162350'>songs</span> <span m='162650'>that</span> <span m='162900'>could</span> <span m='163070'>go</span> <span m='163250'>along</span> <span m='163510'>with</span> <span m='163640'>my</span> <span m='163750'>classes</span> <span m='164260'>as</span> <span m='164470'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='165490'>What I wish I</span> <span m='165630'>had</span> <span m='165950'>known</span> <span m='166460'>before</span> <span m='167010'>I</span> <span m='167100'>started</span> <span m='167510'>this</span> <span m='167710'>work</span> <span m='168060'>was,</span> <span m='169870'>I</span> <span m='170210'>sort</span> <span m='170530'>of</span> <span m='170630'>wish</span> <span m='170890'>I</span> <span m='171010'>knew</span> <span m='171830'>that</span> <span m='172320'>this</span> <span m='172510'>kind</span> <span m='172690'>of</span> <span m='172760'>work</span> <span m='172970'>even</span> <span m='173160'>existed.</span> <span m='173750'>Because</span> <span m='174350'>I</span> <span m='174700'>had</span> <span m='174910'>no</span> <span m='175050'>idea.</span> <span m='175800'>And</span> <span m='175970'>I</span> <span m='176110'>sort</span> <span m='176430'>of</span> <span m='176530'>fell</span> <span m='176780'>into</span> <span m='177110'>it.</span> <span m='177900'>I</span> <span m='178200'>also</span> <span m='178960'>sort</span> <span m='179350'>of</span> <span m='179450'>wish</span> <span m='179720'>I</span> <span m='179820'>knew</span> <span m='180270'>that</span> <span m='181050'>I</span> <span m='181180'>could</span> <span m='181390'>make</span> <span m='181590'>money</span> <span m='181810'>doing</span> <span m='182030'>something</span> <span m='182340'>I</span> <span m='182430'>love</span> <span m='183090'>when</span> <span m='183300'>I</span> <span m='183370'>was</span> <span m='183550'>really</span> <span m='183930'>young.</span> <span m='184560'>So</span> <span m='184770'>my</span> <span m='184960'>advice</span> <span m='185480'>to</span> <span m='185640'>anybody</span> <span m='186120'>would</span> <span m='186330'>be,</span> <span m='186850'>do</span> <span m='187100'>what</span> <span m='187280'>you</span> <span m='187390'>have</span> <span m='187690'>passion</span> <span m='188330'>for.</span> <span m='189060'>And</span> <span m='189360'>just</span> <span m='189660'>dive</span> <span m='190060'>into</span> <span m='190380'>it.</span> <span m='190570'>Say</span> <span m='190730'>yes</span> <span m='191170'>to</span> <span m='191420'>every</span> <span m='191690'>opportunity</span> <span m='192230'>you</span> <span m='192440'>have</span> <span m='192950'>to</span> <span m='193610'>see</span> <span m='194260'>what</span> <span m='194440'>other</span> <span m='194660'>people</span> <span m='194950'>are</span> <span m='195020'>doing</span> <span m='195530'>or</span> <span m='195810'>to</span> <span m='195940'>go</span> <span m='196160'>sit-in</span> <span m='196970'>on</span> <span m='197410'>something,</span> <span m='197980'>a</span> <span m='198060'>class</span> <span m='198530'>or</span> <span m='199490'>hang</span> <span m='199820'>out</span> <span m='199980'>with</span> <span m='200120'>people</span> <span m='200450'>who</span> <span m='200550'>are</span> <span m='200750'>doing</span> <span m='201100'>something</span> <span m='201440'>that</span> <span m='201580'>gives</span> <span m='201750'>you</span> <span m='201870'>passion,</span> <span m='202270'>that</span> <span m='202440'>you</span> <span m='202570'>love.</span> </p><p><span m='203240'>And</span> <span m='203750'>just</span> <span m='204180'>keep</span> <span m='204420'>following</span> <span m='204800'>that</span> <span m='204990'>passion.</span> <span m='205470'>And</span> <span m='205860'>I</span> <span m='206000'>feel</span> <span m='206330'>like</span> <span m='206530'>money</span> <span m='206800'>follows.</span> <span m='207330'>And</span> <span m='208510'>your</span> <span m='208670'>work</span> <span m='209270'>will</span> <span m='209450'>be</span> <span m='209570'>created</span> <span m='210030'>for</span> <span m='210320'>you.</span> <span m='211270'>It</span> <span m='211370'>will</span> <span m='211530'>just</span> <span m='211770'>become</span> <span m='212100'>itself</span> <span m='213160'>and</span> <span m='213390'>your</span> <span m='213580'>path</span> <span m='213910'>will</span> <span m='214120'>lead</span> <span m='214350'>you</span> <span m='214500'>right</span> <span m='214780'>to</span> <span m='214900'>where</span> <span m='215040'>you</span> <span m='215080'>need</span> <span m='215280'>to</span> <span m='215340'>be.</span> 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