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  • amg31399
  • Newgookin

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    • March 21, 2022, 12:28:30 pm
    • Pyeongtaek
Teaching, but not English?
« on: May 09, 2022, 02:10:47 pm »
So for a bit of background... I have a degree in music education from a four year college in the US. My end goal is to teach music, but I took this year to explore some options and teach English here in Korea. I will preface what I'm about to say with this: I love it here and I truly do not mind teaching English here. It has so far been a wonderful experience and I do not regret it one bit. I do, however, really really miss teaching music.

I've done some research and have seen people posting about international schools offering music teaching jobs, but opened this thread/topic to gain some advice from you all on this site!

Has anyone gone the route of teaching in international schools? If so, how did you find the jobs? When do they usually open up? Are recruiters able to help with applying to international schools to teach anything other than English? Any and all advice is appreciated!

Thanks ahead for your help :) (also, I'm so sorry if this is a thread that exists already, still trying to learn how to navigate this site)


  • waygo0k
  • The Legend

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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Teaching, but not English?
« Reply #1 on: Today at 02:28:58 pm »
From a legal (visa) perspective, the only way(s) to legally teach music in formal education in Korea would be to either have an F-series visa (permanent residency, married to a Korean citizen, have Korean ancestry), or an E-7 visa (foreign expert). International schools in Korea can only hire teachers on E-7 visas, which you might qualify for (you already have the correct degree, your experience and/or licensure would also come into play)

https://www.seoulforeign.org/employment/faqs

https://immikorea.com/en/e-7-visa-foreign-employment/

From a professional point of view, in order to teach at one of Korea's proper international schools, you really should (or must tbh) be a qualified and/or licensed teacher. Your degree in Music Education puts you in this category, though your experience level would also be taken into consideration. Korea doesn't have many international schools, meaning competition for jobs is high...but with the right timing and luck, anything is possible.

Places to look for jobs are:

Search Associates
Schrole
ISS International School Services)
TES

Hiring season typically starts in October/November for the following school year (following September), and lasts till May/June-ish, though most positions would already be gone by February.

I cannot state this enough...DO NOT entertain offers from schools who want you to teach music on an E-2 visa http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170622000872

Good luck!!