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Music Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical musicinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Music interview questions.

-What experience do you have in this music field?
- What challenges are you looking for in this position?
-Describe how you would determine the selections you would program for a concert.
-What is the inspiration behind your original pieces?
-What style of music do you like to play? Why?
-What do you know about us?
-Why do you want to work with us?
-What instruments do you know how to play?
-What is the hardest part about being in the music field?
-From where does your love for music stem?
-Would you say that you can efficiently teach a non-music individual how to read notes?

Teaching:
-What makes you a strong candidate for this job? A middle school position? An elementary job?
-Why do you want to be a music teacher?
-Describe the place of music in the overall educational program?
-Describe your experience working with Special Education students?
-Describe the selections you would program for a concert?
-What do you consider your greatest asset as a teacher?
-What are some personality characteristics you feel are undesirable in teachers?
-How did you feel about your favorite teacher? Why?
-What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
-To what professional organizations do you belong?
-What conferences or workshops have you attended recently?
-Why are you leaving your current job?
-Why do you want to teach here?
-How do you feel about weekend or evening activities and festivals?
-How important is it for students’ teachers to be at their festivals?
-How important are ensemble trips to you?
-How do you feel about competition?
-If offered the position, how do you see your involvement in the music program?
-What kind of discipline do you require as a teacher?
-Describe proper classroom atmosphere.
-What kind of administrative support is required for you to be successful?
-How do your students describe you?
-Describe the kinds of training you have had as a teacher, beyond formal degree programs.  
-If you were to choose 3 vital emphases that would direct
your teaching for _____ students, what would they be?
-Tell us what training you have had in the areas of learning styles, dimensions of learning and assessment, and what impact they have had on your teaching?

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