Pros – Great people and room for professional development
Cons – Salary and benefits are significantly below average.
Advice to Senior Management – raise salaries and have stricter job descriptions
Pros – Free use of school facilities
Somewhat flexible hours
Depending on the branch, the staff can be friendly and helpful
Cons – Low pay
Unpredictable number of assigned students
Depending on the branch, the staff can be Unfriendly and Unhelpful
Uneven pedagogical abilities amongst teachers
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – -- competent instructors are left alone to do their jobs, for the most part
-- understanding that most employees are working musicians that need time off for other projects
-- free use of facilities for concerts and recording sessions
-- many interesting and talented colleagues
Cons – -- management can sometimes treat faculty like expendable resource; for example, cutting classes and hours if classes don't register enough students, AFTER instructor has signed a contract agreeing to teach the class. This tends to make parents angry because they're getting 1/2 the time they expected for the full class fee, and teachers angry because we can be left with big, non-paid gaps in schedule. Cutting like this usually only saves school <$1,000 and upsets a lot of people.
-- some branch directors let personal grudges or relationships determine faculty promotions, instead of skill and dedication.
Advice to Senior Management – -- I would always be truthful with faculty, and never lie to manipulate faculty's emotions/perceptions
-- ALWAYS treat faculty like the talented, highly educated professionals that they are--you might think it's okay to cycle through many piano teachers (for example) every year, but the result is students who don't have a continuity of learning, and aren't really in a position to do their best.
-- On the other hand, don't let incompetent faculty stay on year after year because it's easier to deal with their behavior than find and train a new teacher.
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