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Teacher Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
– Sidney Hook

Piano Lessons Australia is a network of dedicated University students, looking to share their passion of music with students of all ages.
Founded in 2017, our team of 25+ piano teachers are teaching over 200+ students nation wide.

Just as you have fond memories of your piano education & teacher, we create these meaningful connections with our students on a weekly basis. Your students will look up to you for inspiration & guidance, and being a teacher with Piano Lessons Australia gives you the opportunity to mould students into talented musicians. It truly is one of the most rewarding jobs you will have!

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Your Students

How do I get students assigned to me?

We have a number of full time staff working to match you to a student who suits your experience and teaching style. Based on your availability, we will first schedule a half priced trial lesson. After this trial lesson has taken place, and you agree this student is a great match for you, that student is your own!

Once you have a student, you are expected to teach them for the whole term. The life of a student depends on your encouragement & dedication to them. You may be watching your students grow with you for a term, a year or even 5 years.

How many students can I teach?

Our lessons run from 3:30pm-8:30pm on weeknights, and 9am-5pm on weekends.

On the average night, you could be teaching anywhere between two to six students.

We do schedule lessons based on your availabilities, so the number of students you teach will depend on the number of days you’ll be teaching.

If I’m given the job, when will I get my first student?
Our team will work hard to start assigning you students as soon as you are accepted into the teaching team. If you cannot start teaching until a specific date, please let us know.
Introductory trial lesson

As our trial lessons are a great way for teachers to meet their future potential students, we offer the students this lesson for half its regular price.

This is a teachers chance to impress the student, and demonstrate your professionalism and talent.

We kindly ask our teachers to take this lesson at half of your rate of pay. It is a small price to pay for the long term value of a student.

Who will I be teaching?
Our student base is made up mostly of primary school aged beginners. We do occasionally teach adult beginners, who are just as easy to teach & make meaningful connections with as our younger students. Our enrolments are split fairly evenly between students interested in classical, jazz, pop/rock, and students who have no preference / are open to any style of music.
What happens if the piano teacher needs to cancel a lesson?

Your piano teacher job is flexible, and you can cancel your piano lesson bookings as needed. If you must cancel a lesson, please give our administration team as much notice as possible, we will work to arrange a makeup time for your lesson. – just keep in mind that many students want consistency and may request to change piano teachers if you cancel or reschedule too often.

Working Hours

How does the scheduling work?
All lessons are recurring weekly events. If your university timetable changes in the new semester, we can arrange a new time for your students lessons with no hassle.
How far do I need to drive?

We aim to keep your students as local to you as possible! We expect our teachers to drive up to 25 minutes from their home suburb for the first lesson of the night.

Once you are out on your teaching route, you won’t be driving more than 15 minutes between lessons.

What To Teach

What curriculum do you teach with?
Piano Lessons Australia has developed our own contemporary curriculum that engages students of all ages, and is structured in a simple, easy to understand fashion for new teachers.

All beginner students are given a free beginners workbook for your first lesson. There are four beginner workbooks in our curriculum.

Do you provide training & teaching resources?

All teachers of Piano Lessons Australia share a private central ‘in the cloud’ area full of teaching resources.

We have songs for all levels of students, worksheets and lesson plans to help you get started. We are happy to provide any student song requests that are not found in the resource area.

Your Pay

How do payments work? Do students pay me directly?

We take the headache out of students problems with payments, so you will never have to worry about late payments or not getting paid!

Teachers of Piano Lessons Australia are paid per lesson they travel. Teacher must send a weekly invoice to Piano Lessons Australia to get paid.

We have an instructional video on how to set up & send invoices using a simple free invoicing program.

Do I get reimbursed for my driving?
Teachers are paid an additional $5 per lesson they travel to, to make up for petrol costs. This is well above the award rate of 68c per kilometre travelled.
How much do I get paid for a trial lesson?

As our trial lessons are a great way for teachers to meet their future potential students, we offer the students this lesson for half its regular price.

This is a teachers chance to impress the student, and demonstrate your professionalism and talent.

We kindly ask our teachers to take this lesson at half of your rate of pay. It is a small price to pay for the long term value of a student.

How much do you pay for piano teaching ?
Our rates are competitive based on market averages. We keep our profit margins and business expenses as low as possible so that we can pass on the maximum amount possible per lesson to our piano teachers.

General

I don’t have a music degree. Can I still apply?

Yes. We give priority to piano teachers with a certificate or diploma in Piano by an internationally recognisable exam board, i.e. AMEB, ABRSM, etc. However we have made exceptions on rare occasions, and will be happy to consider your work application. Please be sure to provide proof of your highest piano/music qualification, whatever that may be.

I can’t find my degree. What should I do?
We can accept other documents as proof of your qualification, such as a transcript or official letter. If you have another type of document that shows evidence of your qualification, feel free to submit it, or ask us if you are unsure whether it is valid.
How long has your business been operating?

Piano Lessons Australia grew out of a website and teaching practice that was started in 2017.