June 11

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We’re Hiring

Are you a piano teacher who wants to join a vibrant organization that's out to change how community music schools are run? Or maybe you know someone who might be interested in life-changing work?

If so, we're looking for a new teacher to join us full time! You can check out our official posting here.

We do hiring different. Along with most other things we do around here.

In previous jobs, the process went something like this.

Resumés were collected. Candidates were selected for interviews; mainly those who went to famous conservatories, studied with famous people, or had an extensive performing career.

Candidates would perform and do a teaching demo for the interview with the owner or director. Maybe a department chair.

Someone would be hired.

Which sounds like a sound process. (No pun intended.)

Except...

Conservatories, pedigree, and awards aren't indicators whether a teacher will do well teaching seven-year-old beginners. Or get along with colleagues. Or even necessarily care about teaching as anything more than a side gig.

Which is why we do things differently.

Part of our application process includes submitting a video in addition to a resumé. This is because we want to get to know the people who want to teach with us.

To learn about their personalities, their teaching philosophies, what materials they like to use, and assess whether there is a true passion for teaching as something more than a way to make money.

When we interview, it's not just our candidates and the director. It's our candidates and all of our faculty. Our organization is one where everyone has a say in just about all matters. Including when we hire teachers.

And when candidates come in for a teaching demonstration, we ask the students how they felt. Not just about what they learned, but also how comfortable they felt with the teacher.

So far, our process has worked out very, very well for us. And we're looking forward to doing it again.

We're not just in the business of teaching students how to play the piano. We're in the business of changing lives.

And showing the world the kind of impact a community music school with a different model can make - one that puts student education and teacher well-being first and foremost. 

We can't wait to share the upcoming year's adventures. Thanks for joining us.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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