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Let's Play Music Teacher
Becoming a teacher may be easier than you think. We conveniently offer training throughout the year. You can begin teaching your Let's Play Music classes as soon as you complete your training and recruit your first class. Submit your application today and begin teaching within as little as three months.*
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All the Details
We are happy to share with you the information that will help you decide if Let’s Play Music is the right fit for you.
This is a business opportunity in which you will become certified to teach the Let’s Play Music curriculum, with its materials, logos, and trademarks. Within certain parameters, you run your studio as it suits you.
The potential for you to earn income as a Let’s Play Music teacher is almost entirely up to you! Group lessons and opportunities to teach during the day to pre-school aged children greatly increase your earnings potential from private lessons. The three factors involved in projecting your income are:
Number of classes
A typical teacher whose students pay $280 per semester tuition ($70 per month) and teaches 4 classes per week with seven children in each class will earn about $1960/month.
Tuition Amount: Company minimum is $60/month for 1st Year, $70/month for 2nd Year, and $80/month for 3rd Year. If Let’s Play Music is already being taught in your area, the tuition amount will already be established. If you the only teacher in your area, you will determine the tuition amount. You will want to consider the community you live in, its expendable income, and its attitudes toward music and the education of young children. You will also look at the market value of private and group piano lessons within your community. In addition, if you plan on teaching out of a commercial facility rather than your home, you will charge slightly more.
Class Size: Company minimum is 5 students per class. Since parents will often attend class with children in an active, playful class, your available teaching space is a large factor here. Suggested class size: 6-8 students per class.
Number of Classes: You can determine the number of classes you will teach. It is in your best interest to teach three classes of the same level. As you become fully certified in all three levels, you may teach as many classes at each level as your schedule permits. Successful teachers teach anywhere from 4-9 classes per week.
Training Seminars: Each year of Let's Play Music offers specialized training. Online Preliminary Training and three engaging full-day Curriculum Seminars will train you in our methods and in building a successful studio.
Teacher Support: You will be guided throughout the 3-year training process by an experienced Training Team. Access to training videos, and one-on-one evaluations and coaching will ensure your success as a teacher.
Teaching Materials: Teacher Manuals, Lesson Plans, Visual Aids, Teacher Tools (Magnetic Staff Board, Giant Floor Staff, Tone Bells), teacher T-shirt, and teacher copy of all Student Materials.
Certification Program: Our experienced Training Teams guide the teachers through a professional certification process. This ensures that our teachers have a sound understanding of the curriculum and properly executing our methods and philosophies.
Continuing Education: Let's Play Music provides continuing education opportunities through our online teacher forum, teacher collaboration platforms, and yearly national convention.
Business and Marketing Tools: Website storefront, brochures, forms, marketing content, professional emails, recruiting training, online student management system and more are all yours to assist you in building a thriving studio.
Your licensing fee includes the following services:
Licensing Fee: You can pay $69/month over a three year period to cover the licensing fee of $2500. This grants the right to use the curriculum. (details below)
Teacher Support Fee: Teachers pay a support fee to Let's Play Music based upon student enrollment. The fee is $7 per student per teaching month. This support fee gives you personal access to our skilled mentoring teams, online teacher resource center, website exposure, office and administrative support, and semi-annual training meetings.
FBI Background Check: Teachers must complete an FBI background check including fingerprinting. Cost of fingerprinting varies by location but the entire process is normally under $50.
Liability Insurance: Teachers are required to have liability insurance for their studios. You can find your own insurance, or we can provide references for approximately $18-25/month depending on your state.
Miscellaneous Materials (not provided by Let's Play Music): Additional studio set-up costs include instruments, equipment, and other supplies needed but not provided by Let’s Play Music
1st Year: An autoharp - approximately $250-$350. You will also need a tambourine, miscellaneous small toys and/or puppets, and a sound system (CD player, iPod station, etc.). You can expect to spend a total of about $350-$400 in additional expenses to get your studio up and running.
2nd Year: Keyboards with full-size keys, along with stools and keyboard stands/tables for each child to use in class. Adequate keyboards are $50-90 each. (Sources will be provided.)
3rd Year: Composition software. Free versions are available, but we suggest the Finale Songwriter, Sibelius or comparable software.
Once you begin teaching, you can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week executing the tasks of running your business: i.e. bookkeeping, recruiting, keeping up to date on policies, etc.
Class periods are 45-55 minutes long and you can expect to spend the same amount of time preparing for your classes.
You can expect to spend 3-4 hours in the certification process.
The 3-year curriculum is taught in six sequential semesters, each 15 weeks long. Most teachers align classes with the local school schedule. Consistency in weekly lessons is essential so teachers must commit to teaching classes and completing the 3-year curriculum.
Your Let’s Play Music studio space must be large enough to accommodate at least 5 students and a parent/caregiver in an active class. The curriculum is specifically structured to occur in two separate areas, an active area, and a listening area. Many Let’s Play Music teachers are able to teach in their own homes in a large family room, game room, or a converted garage. The ideal teaching space is approximately 20x20 feet (or about the size of a 2-car garage).
If your home is in a neighborhood or municipality that restricts home-based businesses, you may want to check with your local authorities to determine the viability of teaching out of your home.
If you teach in a commercial facility, you will charge slightly higher tuition to offset overhead expenses.