April 24, 2014

Jobs – Music Teacher

How To Apply

Please read the information below to give you a deeper look at this great opportunity so you can decide if this position is a good fit for you.  If you would like an opportunity to be invited to a group interview, please:

  1. Email your resume to jobs@utahbravo.com
  2. Include in your email 3 things that stood out to you about this position
  3. In the subject type what you are applying for ex. “Piano Teacher Resume”

We review resumes weekly. You will receive an email response to your application. We hold interviews twice monthly.  Make sure you save our email address: jobs@utahbravo.com, so our response doesn’t go in your junk folder. If you have further questions please email us at jobs@utahbravo.com. Thank you!

Overview

Thank you for your interest in a music teaching position! With so many jobs to consider, we are glad you have chosen to consider working at our arts academy. We hope the following information gives you a deeper look at this great opportunity so you can decide if this position is a good fit for you. Here are reasons why music teachers choose to teach at our school over all other choices: 

A Constant Flow Of New Students
We have a constant flow of new students to keep our teacher’s schedules as full as possible. Over the course of the year, students can move or stop lessons. This can leave a teacher with gaps or holes in their schedule. Most student register and start lessons in September. Most music schools only advertise in late August and September for new students. At our school we spend a lot of money on advertising and marketing year round to keep our teacher’s schedules as full as possible. Each year we spend money on advertising in newspapers, yellow pages, direct mail, community publications and other media to constantly attract new students. We are continually registering new students for our private music lessons even during typically slower registration months like May and June. 

Extras Are Taken Care Of
Your only responsibility is to teach. At all of our locations we have full time front desk staff to handle all of the “details” of teaching. From scheduling to collecting fees or arranging recitals, these details are handled by our administrators and desk staff not the teacher. This means the teacher is free to focus on teaching and not get bogged down by administration. 

Your Time Is Respected
Our teachers’ time is respected and they are paid whether or not students show up. If a student misses classes for school trips or holidays, the teacher is still paid. If a student does not pay for their lessons or has a noncollectable debt, the teacher is still paid. Our priority for our teachers is to make sure that your time is not abused and your teaching day can be as productive as possible. 

Teaching Independently Versus Teaching For A Music School
As music teacher you can either teach privately in your house or in students homes, or you can teach in a music school – both have upsides and downsides.  If you teach in your home or students homes, the upside is you can keep all of the money you charge to the student. Since you have no expenses like rent, a receptionist or yellow pages advertising you do not have to pay out a percentage to overhead costs. There are also downsides of teaching in your home or your student’s homes. It can be hard to keep your schedule constantly full with new students. Getting a full schedule can be difficult and expensive if you have to run classified ads or small newspaper ads. Even if you are a good, well-liked teacher, it can take a long time for referrals and word of mouth to fill your schedule. If you are driving to student’s houses you also have to factor in the driving time between students which limits the amount of teaching you can actually do.The other downside of teaching on your own can be the difficulty in enforcing your attendance and payment policies. No one likes being a collection agent. It can be difficult to concentrate on your teaching while trying to keep track of who owes money and to make sure you are paid. If you are teaching on your own, it can also be difficult to enforce your teaching policies and have your time respected. For example, if a student tells you they are going to Disney World for the next two weeks, it can be difficult to still make them pay for their lesson time. Many students will refuse to pay for those missed lessons because they will think: “I’m not getting my lesson so why should pay?” Chances are you can’t book another student in that lesson time for just 2 weeks, so if you don’t charge the student in Disney World, you have just lost 2 weeks of pay. If that scenario happens a couple of times per month it can greatly reduce your earnings.  Now let’s look at teaching at a music school. The downside is you don’t get paid as much per student. Teaching rates that in-home teachers and music schools charge are usually pretty similar. So the pay per student to the teacher is lower because of rent, advertising, receptionists and other expenses. The upside can be having a consistently full schedule of students each day. Being paid a little less per student but having more students in a day will mean you earn more overall.Another upside to teaching at our music school is that you do not have to worry about collecting money. You only have to focus on the teaching. Also our music school provides a professional educational environment that is stimulating to the students. It is also free from distractions found in a home such as ringing phones or doorbells, televisions and noisy family members. Those are the general differences between teaching on your own and teaching in a music school.

General Company Information

Company Values
Bravo’s values guide the beliefs and actions of our employees on a daily basis. This makes Bravo a unique place for employees and customers alike – in fact it’s the reason we love our job! View our company values (downloads as PDF).

Personal Grooming Standards
Our employees understand the importance of presenting a modest and conservative image to our students and their families. We would like to inform you of a few policies in our handbook:

  • No multiple visible tattoos.  You can have one small tattoo (quarter size diameter max), no more can be visible.
  • No facial/tongue piercings or excessive piercings.
  • No overgrown facial hair.
  • No smoking on property, including electronic cigarettes.  No smelling like smoke.

10 Month Commitment
We ask our employees to commit to being at Bravo for a minimum of ten months. We require this this to give our students the best experience possible. It makes students more successful when they do not have to adjust to a new teacher or a new face at the front desk. Please do not apply if you will be moving soon or are looking for temporary or seasonal work. View our arts academy teacher contract

Background Checks
We run background check on all employees. Please only apply if you are able to pass a background check that will show that you are suited to work in a facility with children. 

Age Requirements

  • Daycare & Preschool: Utah law requires these teachers to be 18 years or older.
  • All Other Programs: We will hire applicants that are 16-17 years old, that are able to commit and sign a contract to be at Bravo for a minimum of twelve months. However, we have found that a lot of these high school age applicants are more comfortable being on our substitute list.

Interview Process
 We want to be sure this position is the right fit for you and for Bravo. Below is our three step interview process:

1. Group Interview: Our preliminary interviews begin with a thirty minute group presentation and then short individual interviews, this will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

2. Skill Interview: This 30 minute interview will be with our director. We will talk more in depth with you to learn about your background. You will also be asked to prepare something to show your skills for the position you are applying for. For example music applicants perform a piece, demonstrate technique and sight read music. Preschool applicants bring an example of a science or music activity they would teach in class.

3. Working Interview: In this 90 minute interview you will be working in the position you are applying for. You will be assisting one of our current staff (usually the department leader). You will be completing tasks that you would do every day if hired. For example teaching applicants are asked to teach part of the class. Front desk applicants interact with customers and answer phone calls.

What Is Your Staff Saying?

“I really like the staff and feel like we are a kind of family; we all get along well and even though we only see each other for a few moments each day it makes work that much more enjoyable. I love the school and am proud to work at a place that supports arts education, as it is one of my biggest passions.” -Ms. Jones

“I have really enjoyed working for Bravo Arts Academy for the last seven years. The music department is extremely organized! The level system for students makes it easy to teach and fun and motivating for the students! The owners and staff are so much fun to work with. Bravo does all the marketing, scheduling, and financial part of the business and I just get to do what I love best… TEACH!” -Ms. Owen

“Thank you so much for giving us professional training opportunities.  I learned so much from Jon Skidmore! I have started to use the breathing techniques and positive thinking in my classes.  Most of my kids thought that it was a little strange and silly at first but they can back the next week LOVING it and asking if I could show them more breathing techniques.  I think it is really going to have a positive effect on my students at the recital.  They totally understand the “rattlesnake brain” and switching the thinking over to the frontal lobe and are using the knowledge to their benefit.  Thank you again and I look forward to more professional training opportunities in the future!” -Ms. Hart

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