Instrumental music instructors, or instrumental music tutors (IMTs), are people who provide individual tuition to students learning a musical instrument. These lessons are extracurricular and are in addition to any approved curriculum-based music classes.
There is a wide variety of instrumental music programs in schools and also a wide variety of arrangements entered into when engaging IMTs.
There is no standard approach regarding the appointment of IMTs, rather a range of options to suit students, parents or carers, the school and the individuals appointed. These options include where an IMT is:
- directly engaged as an independent contractor by the school
- engaged through a labour hire firm or agency
- directly engaged by the parents of students receiving instrumental music instruction
- employed by the school.
The Engagement of instrumental music tutors: A guide for principals, employers and school leaders provides information to schools to assist with engaging IMT’s.