I worked at Orchepia School Of Music as a contractor (More than a year)
Teaching students music theory was pretty straightforward since they use the Julie Macintosh CM books. Atmosphere isn't too serious and can be fun interacting with the different student personalities. Good side job for current or recently graduated college music majors. Pay isn't the greatest but better than minimum wage sales job.
Was a 1099 contracted employee which meant I had to pay a large chunk of taxes and had no benefits.
I worked at Orchepia School Of Music (More than 3 years)
Nice facility and location. That's it.
-Everything. -Owners, James Kim & Mary Kang. Both intolerant to just about everything. -Get everything down in writing and signed by James. Lying is their forte. -They will never put anything down in writing or email you back. They always wants to talk in person so they can tell you what you want to hear then lie to you saying you heard wrong. -Lack of proper interview in hiring the right teachers. -Useless Theory Program. -Useless Theory Teachers. -If they don't like a teacher, they will transfer out all the students and lie to the parents about some bs like "student rotation." -Forces you to sign an illegal contract -Teachers talking in hallways about their contempt working there -They only have one goal in mind, your money. -Highest charging music school in all of Orange County and pays the teachers the lowest in all of Orange County. (They take 70%). -Lost 50% of their teachers in a span of 3 months. -Teachers constantly leaving due to the way they lie and run their business. Average 3 months before teacher leaves to another school. -They just want your money.
Advice to Management
Orchepia completely lost its primary purpose, and that is to enrich the student's musical education. There is no doubt that this school has been losing a lot of students lately. They have already closed down 1 of their 4 locations and I don't see it going anywhere but down given that there are many new music schools opening in Irvine and most of them were once ex-employees of Orchepia and knows about their poor management.
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