Private music teachers provide instrumental, vocal and music training for children and adults of all ages. They may work at a variety of levels teaching different musical skills to either individuals or groups.
Teaching may take place in a school, college or a community-based setting. Private music teachers may travel to various locations to teach students (may be called peripatetic music teachers) or may work in their own home.
Teachers may be hired by a local authority music service to teach in schools or be employed by a privately or publicly funded music centre. It is also possible to be self-employed. Many private music teachers undertake a combination of these roles.