Top 10 Musicians Who are / Were TeachersI didn't want to make the list title very long and I said "teachers" but it includes everything from school to university teaching, lecturing, training, instructing, coaching.
Ranking depends on:
- their own music skills (better musicians should be higher)
- the level of their teaching (ex., college/uni level teaching should be higher)
- the length of their teaching
- effectiveness of their teaching (ex., Joe Satriani and Mike Mangini trained other musicians)
- whether they liked teaching
The Top Ten
A metal drummer who was an Associate Professor, faculty member at Berklee College of Music (Percussion Department). He left the college circa 2010 when he joined Dream Theater. His predecessor in Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy, was a student at this same college and department.
I put Mike Mangini higher than Brian May because Mangini taught at a much higher level and did it for much longer time than Brian. Both are great musicians.
He has PhD from astropyhsics.
In 1971 he was a math and science teacher at South London’s Stockwell Manor.
“It was very challenging,” he said. “You couldn’t get the children to attend unless they were incredibly interested in what you were saying. I had an advantage because I was young and could speak to them in their own language.”
May says he enjoyed the job, except for one class when passed out scissors to be used to cut out shapes. “Half an hour later they were attacking each other, blood and paper everywhere! ”
Guitar instructor / teacher. For details you can visit my list - Top 10 Best Students of Joe Satriani
A punk rock musician. With a Ph.D from Cornell he teaches biology at Cornell.
A thrash metal singer who was a safety lecturer for truck drivers for 17 years.
From 1971 to 1972 he taught math at the Litchfield Private School in Connecticut.
A high-school English teacher in North Carolina and later a music teacher. In 1986 she said of her teaching experience "The kids had never been actively involved in singing. I exposed them to Bach, Mozart, Handel, all the great choral things."
English teacher. Death metal vocalist. Side note: to me this guy has the most brutal death growl.
He is the John Mellencamp's drummer who also joined the faculty at Indiana University's School of Music to teach percussion. After several years as an associate professor, his success as a session drummer forced him to quit the classroom.
He taught master classes at USC for students enrolled in the school's music and music industry programs.
Apollo is a metal singer who has been working as a music teacher for a school in Halmstad, Sweden.
I wish he was my music teacher - try these song he sings: Spiritual Beggars - Sweet Magic Pain, Dreamer, Turn the Tide, A New Dawn Rising.
She was a member of Tangerine Dream, playing sax and keyboard, but in recent years she works at a secondary school music teacher in Austria. I know because I used to be one of her students. Without a doubt one of the nicest teachers there is. It was basically impossible not to pass her class.
Martin, wow! Thanks.
I later found out she was Grammy nominated a few times... someone like this should teach music at a respected academy. Instead, she was just like any other teacher in a regular secondary school. One of many.
A metal singer who is also a vocal coach/teacher.
He taught elementary English from 1974 to 1976 at St. Paul’s First School in Northeastern English town of Cramlington.
But he says he didn't like teaching so he isn't on top spots.
The lead singer for Kool and the Gang was a nursery school teacher before that.
Yes, he was but keep in mind he was a teacher only for 6 months and it was long ago. For these reasons he shouldn't be very high on this list although he's very popular.
He was a Math teacher.