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Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

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Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary Description

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.

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Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and performance pieces.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Keep students informed of community events such as plays and concerts.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Display students' work in schools, galleries, and exhibitions.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.

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