Teachers for Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Everything else
Thank you for your interest in teaching positions with our school. This page will give you an idea of our philosophy of teaching and our ideas on how our school can best meet the needs of our students and teachers.
If you are interested in applying for a teaching position after reading this sheet or reviewing our website please fax, mail or email your resume to:
Fax: (313) 731-1999
Grosse Pointe Music Academy
19443 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. 48236 No phone calls please.
Only suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview.
The Grosse Pointe Music Academy is a privately owned school that was founded in May of 2005 as Guitar Union Music Studios and just this past fall was given the new name of Grosse Pointe Music Academy.
We are Grosse Pointes largest music teaching school with approximately 200 students attending weekly classes. We cater mainly to children. About 90% of our students are between 1 ½ – 16 years old. We welcome adult students but our market area has resulted in a student base of mainly children.
We realize that most of our students will not become professional musicians. We strive to provide a fun but educational environment with well organized administration and first rate equipment and facilities.
Why teach with us?
There are several places you can teach music. Why should you consider teaching with us?
As a music teacher you can either teach privately in your house or in students homes, or you can teach inn a music store or 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 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 I 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 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, receptionist and other expenses. The upside can be having a consistently full schedule of students each day. Being paid less per student but having 10 or 11 students in a day will mean you will earn more overall.
Another upside to teaching at our music school is that you do not have any collections hassles. You only have to focus on 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, tvs and noisy family members.
Those are the general differences between teaching on your own and teaching in a music school or store.
Here is why music teachers choose to teach at our school over all other choices:
1. A constant flow of new students to keep schedules as full as possible.
Over the course of a year, students can move or quit. This can leave a teacher with gaps or holes in their schedule. Most students register and start their lessons in September. Most music schools only advertise in 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. We advertise in newspapers, internet, yellow pages, flyering, community publications and other media to constantly attract new students. We are continually registering new students for our private music lessons even during typical slower registration months like May-June.
- 2. Extras are taken care of – your only responsibility is to teach
We have full time front desk administrators to handle all of the “details” of teaching. From scheduling to collecting fees or arranging an accompanist for recitals, these details are handled by our administrators not the teacher. This means the teacher is free to focus on teaching and not get bogged down by administration.
- 3. Your time is respected and you are paid whether or not students show up
Teachers are paid for lessons whether students attend or not. If a student misses classes for school trips or holidays, the teacher is still paid. The students are only allowed to schedule a make-up lesson in gaps of your schedule. You will never be expected to come in early or stay late to give a make-up lesson unless it is due to your absence. The only other exception is if a student is sick and thy can have only 2 make-up lessons per year per sickness. If a student does not pay for their lesson or has an uncollectible 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.