Become a Sound Beginnings Teacher

Becoming a teacher may be easier than you think. We conveniently offer one day training seminars throughout the year. You can begin teaching your Sound Beginnings 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.* 

The cost to become a teacher can be paid in $45/month installments and includes Licensing Fees, Training Seminars, Teacher Materials, Student Materials, and promotional materials.

 


 

Training Seminars

2020 Live Seminar Dates

Before attending the Live Training Seminar, you must complete the Online Training which begins 6-8 weeks before. 

  • Thursday, February 20th in Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, March 13 in SLC, UT
  • Friday, April 17 in Atlanta, GA Cancelled
  • Friday, May 8 in Las Vegas, NV Cancelled
  • Saturday, June 13 in an Online Format

*More seminars may be added upon demand

*Applications must be submitted at least 10 weeks prior to training seminar date in order to have time to complete the application process and the Online Training before the Live Training Seminar.

 


What is the application process? 

Step #1 Submit Application and Video (1 month process)

Submit an application and pay the $25 application fee to get the process going! You then will receive instructions to create a 6-8 minute video of you teaching! 

Once you submit your application, you will have 1 month to submit your video.  If the month passes and you don't get to it, don't worry!  You can resubmit your application (without the $25 fee) and get another month to get the video done. 

Step #2: Interview and Video follow up (2 week process)

Once your video is submitted we will contact you to schedule a face to face  30 minute interview via zoom. 

Step #3: Seminar Registration

Choose which Live Training Seminar (see above) you would like to attend and begin your Online Training (must be completed before attending Live Seminar).


All The Details

We are happy to share with you the information that will help you decide if Sound Beginnings is the right fit for you.

Below are 5 sections that explain the key things you need to know to become a teacher. Please read each carefully, as it is imperative that our potential teachers understand the information contained. The application form to apply is at the end of this information.

We look forward to working with you!

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Potential Income

The potential for you to earn revenue as a Sound Beginnings teacher is almost entirely up to you! Teaching group lessons to preschool-aged children at times that are convenient to you and your family is both fun and profitable.

The three factors involved in projecting your income are

  1. Tuition amount
  2. Class size
  3. Number of classes

A typical teacher whose students pay $160 per semester tuition ($40 per month) and teaches 4 classes per week with six families in each class will earn between $960 and $1200/month.

  • Tuition Amount: If Sound Beginnings and/or Let’s Play Music are already being taught in your area, you will charge the established tuition amount. If you are in an area where these programs are not yet established, it is important to consider the community you live in, its expendable income, and its attitudes toward music and the education of young children. In determining tuition amount for your area, you should know the market value of private and group music 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. Suggested range: $120-$240 per semester per student (or $30-60 per month).
  • Class Size: Since parents will attend with children in an active, playful class, your available teaching space is a large factor here. Suggested class size is 6 families, or 8-10 students, with a maximum of 12 students per class.
  • Number of Classes: You determine the size of your program. It is in your best interest to teach at least two classes.

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Financial Obligation

This is a business opportunity in which you will become certified to teach the Sound Beginnings curriculum, with its materials, logos, and trademarks. Within certain parameters, you run your
studio as it suits you.

Licensing Fee: You will pay just $45/month for three years to cover the complete fee of $1600. This includes permission and access to the curriculum, training seminar, teaching materials, promotional aids, website exposure and ongoing mentoring.

Teacher Support Fee: Teachers pay a support fee to Let's Play Music that allows them to teach Sound Beginnings based upon student enrollment. The fee is $4 per family per teaching month. This support fee gives you personal access to our skilled mentoring teams, resource center, teaching tips, website exposure, office and administrative support, and semi-annual training meetings.

  • support fees are paid in automated monthly installments

Background check fee: All teachers must complete a background check including fingerprinting. This fee varies by local fingerprinting costs but entire process is normally under $50.

Liability Insurance: Let’s Play Music teachers are required to have liability insurance for their studios. You can find your own insurance, or we have a company that will insure you for approximately $18-25/month depending on your state.

Miscellaneous Materials (not provided by Let's Play Music): Other costs include a speaker/CD player, 22" x 8" gathering drum, class sets (12 each) of rhythm sticks, sand blocks, shakers, wrist bells, bean bags, dancing scarves and teddy bears. You will also need 8 hand drums, a classroom pocket chart, 12' parachute, large stretchy band, an Echo Edie puppet and 3 singable storybooks per semester. If you use the links provided, you can expect to spend a total of about $500 in these additional expenses to get your studio up and running. 

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All Inclusive Licensing Fee

Your all-inclusive Licensing Fee provides the following services for you:

  • Training Seminars: Attendance is required at a one-day training seminar that will train you to build a successful business and also train you in the methods of Sound Beginnings.
  • Teaching Materials: Teacher’s Manuals, Lesson Plans, Visual Aids, Teacher Tools (Magnetic Staff board and tone bells), and teacher copy of all Student Materials.
  • Ongoing Support: You will be mentored throughout the training process by the Sound Beginnings Manager. Training videos, evaluation and coaching will ensure your success as a teacher.
  • Business and Marketing Tools: Brochures, forms, online student management system and more are all yours to assist you in building your business.

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Time Commitment

  • Initial training consists of attending an all day seminar and will include some reading and other preparations. Once classes begin, you will continue in your coaching process by videoing a class for review by our Sound Beginnings certification team. This evaluation ensures that all teachers are providing excellent service to their students.
  • You can expect to spend about one hour per week executing the tasks of running your business: i.e. bookkeeping, recruiting, keeping up to date on policies, etc.
  • Class periods are 30 minutes weekly and some time will be needed to prepare for classes each week.
  • There are 6 semesters of Sound Beginnings and each semester is 15 weeks long.

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Teaching Facility

  • Your Sound Beginnings studio space must be large enough to accommodate at least 6 students and a parent or caregiver in an active class. The curriculum is specifically structured to occur in two separate areas, an active area and a listening area. Many Sound Beginnings teachers are able to teach in their own homes in a family room, game room or a converted 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 a teaching out of your home.
  • If you teach in a commercial facility, you will charge slightly higher tuition to offset overhead expenses.

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Are You Ready to Become a Teacher?

Now that you have all the details, you are ready to submit an application!

When you submit your application you will be directed to confirm your email with us and pay a one time $25 application fee to officially get the process going.

*Please note: a self evaluation score is required when submitting your Sound Beginnings application. If you haven't had the chance to take our self evaluation, or you simply have forgotten your score, you can quickly take it again, here.

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Have questions? Just ask below and our team of experienced trainers are ready to give you answers!

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If now isn’t the right time, just click the button below and give us your email address so we can keep in touch!

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