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Welcome

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.

School History and background

The International Music Academy was founded in 1996 and quickly established itself as the expert in private music education in York Region. The School has won several awards, such as:

  • top 100 educators in the world Award of the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge)
  • the Consumers’ Choice Award for best music school in the GTA.
  • the Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal for Teaching Excellence.
  • the York Region Character Community Award.
  • Markham Board of Trade Business Excellence Award finalist.

Educational Philosophy

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.

Sometimes, students who have been excelling in playing a musical instrument or singing for a year or longer, may lose their interest and motivation. They may find learning music not as thrilling and exciting as it used to be in the beginning. Through thorough research we have concluded that often those are the students who were taught without taking into consideration their natural learning style. Everyone learns in a different way: some students are more visual, others are more auditory, or more kinaesthetic (tactile), or intellectual. Discovering the personal learning style is of utmost importance for constructing a proper method of teaching that would vary substantially from one student to another. International Music Academy is one of the very few private music schools in the world that provides with a complimentary initial assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to discover the personal learning style of the student, his/her basic motor and auditory skills as related to music, and to create a personalised programme, tailored to the individual goals and objectives of the student.

Why teach with us? 

There are several places you can teach music around the GTA. Why should you consider teaching with us?

As music teacher you can either teach privately in your house or in students homes, or you can teach in a music store or a music school – both have upsides and downsides. If you teach in your home or go to students’ homes, the upside is that you can keep all of the money you charge to the student. Since you have no expenses like rent, maintenance, an office administrator or marketing/advertising you do not have to pay out a percentage to overhead costs. There are also downsides to teaching in your home or your students’ 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 a 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 lesson 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 of 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 commercial rent, several ads in newspapers, magazines, directories, websites and directories, paying salaries to office administrators 7 days a week, maintenance cost, utility and other overhead expenses. The upside can be having a consistently full schedule of students each day. Being paid a little less per student but having 10 or 11 students in a day will mean you earn more overall.

Another upside to teaching at our music school is that you do not have any collection hassles. You only have to focus on the 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 are the reasons 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 the year, students can move or quit. This can leave a teacher with gaps or holes in their schedule. Most student register and start lessons in September. Most music schools only advertise in late August and September for new students.  At our school, however, we spend a lot of money on advertising and marketing year round to keep our teacher’s schedules as full as possible. Each year we spend over $50,000 on advertising in newspapers, yellow pages, direct mail, community publications and other media to constantly attract new students. We are continually registering new students for our private music lessons even during typically slower registration months like May to June.

2. Full time administrative support

In many small music studios there is no receptionist on duty. This means that the teachers are faced with administration details when they should be concentrating on teaching. We have full time front desk administrative staff 7 days a week to handle routine questions and details that arise. 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. Employee’s benefits

You will get many benefits of being employed in our school:

  • Salary direct deposit
  • Dedicated personal teaching studios
  • Complimentary office services (mail, telephone, fax, WiFi)
  • Christmas/Hanukkah gifts
  • Employees dedicated parking
  • Staff lounge with fridge and microwave
  • Unlimited Starbucks gourmet coffee, large selection of tea, hot chocolate
  • Ongoing teacher’s professional development through RCM and IMA monthly newsletters, specialised articles, and magazines.
  • Teachers achievements recognitions through the IMA monthly newsletter and e-blasts.
  • Discount on books, CDs and accessories.
  • Bus stop in front of the school
  • Shopping centre within 50 m
  • Services within 50 m
  • Park within 100 m

If you are interested in joining the International Music Academy Faculty, please submit your résumé and contact information via e-mail to Director@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca or by fax to 905.489.4621, attention to Human Resources Department. No phone calls, please. Only suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Call us in Markham at 905.489.4620 or in Stouffville at 905.640.6363 to start your musical journey today!

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