When teachers are happy, magic happens.
At Piano Power we support your teaching, fill your schedule, and streamline your commute, so that you can have the freedom to focus on what matters to you. Be a part of a great community while maintaining your independence. Apply today!
- Why work for Piano Power?
Unlike other lesson providers, we are a teacher-centric, Chicago-based business. In other words, we focus on a satisfying work experience for our teachers — great student matches, efficient routes, full schedules, and an engaged artistic community. Furthermore, our professional admin team keeps everything — logistics, payment, scheduling, and marketing — running smoothly.
Read more about this philosophy.
- What is the pay?
Our introductory rate is $30-$45 per teaching hour, based on experience. We provide generous annual raises for great performance.
- Why do I need a car?
Lessons are in our clients’ homes, and our teachers commute from house to house.
- Is there a travel or gas stipend?
We compensate our teachers for all in-between-lesson time at City of Chicago minimum wage, currently $13/hr.
- Where will I be teaching?
Our clients primarily live in the North Shore (e.g., Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Wilmette, Winnetka). We have a smaller number of students on the north side of Chicago (e.g., Andersonville, Avondale, Bucktown, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, North Center, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village, Uptown, Wicker Park).
- On average, how many days a week do I work?
You set your own schedule. Our teachers generally teach three to five days per week.
- On average, how many hours do I work a day?
A typical teaching day is approximately 3:30pm to 8:30pm — i.e., the hours between school dismissal and bedtime!
- How much are lessons?
Our 45-minute private in-home lessons are $68. Our hourly rate is $80 (i.e., $40 per back-to-back, 30-minute private in-home lesson). Our tuition fee covers all books and materials, as well as our annual recitals. There are no additional charges of any kind.
- What happens if I have to cancel a lesson?
As an independent contractor, you have ultimate control over your schedule. If you need to cancel due to illness or a schedule conflict, you can do so. You are paid for the hours you work.
- What if a client cancels?
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so you’re paid for any cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice, unless it’s due to illness or family emergency. We also maintain annual limits on overall client cancellations, to make sure you have consistent families on your schedule.
- How can I prepare for an interview with Piano Power?
We look for music teachers who can sight-read, develop an original composition with a student, and arrange a pop song by ear. We evaluate these skills during the interview.
But more importantly, we’re looking for empathy, good listening, and the ability to read what motivates your students. We want to learn who you are as a person.
Also, the power of patience, positivity, and a sense of humor can’t be denied. We appreciate humor especially when it reflects an aptitude for honest self-assessment. Evidence of humility and an honest desire to improve your craft can also go a long way.
These qualities don’t always correlate with being a conservatory-trained musician, but they do correlate with being an effective music teacher.
- Once hired, how will I be evaluated on an ongoing basis?
We’re very invested in helping you be the best teacher you can be. Abraham will watch you in action to talk about strengths and improvements. He is also always available for emails and phone calls to discuss anything that’s on your mind.
On a more formal level, we’re looking for teachers who can retain students, maintain at least a 90% attendance rate*, respond promptly via phone/email/text, encourage recital participation from their students, and inspire great feedback from their students’ families.
* We offer a $300 bonus for maintaining an attendance rate of 95% or better over the course of a school year (September through May). If you have perfect attendance over that span, the bonus gets bumped up to $500.
- What if I refer a new teacher?
You receive a $200 bonus!
- What’s the company culture like?
We strive to nurture a feeling of teacher community, especially important when we work remotely. That’s why we have parties for teachers twice a year (our last one was at Sleeping Village), informal “Idea Potlucks” for teacher enrichment, and field trips to teacher shows around the city — on us! We love that so many of our teachers are working musicians, and we promote their music on our events calendar.
- Question not answered here? Contact Us
We offer great Chicago music teaching jobs to instructors who are:
- Energetic, relaxed, fun, and great with kids.
- Able to teach fundamentals, arrange by ear, and help develop a composition.
- Car owners (most work is in Chicago’s northern suburbs).
We offer you an awesome work experience, featuring:
- Excellent compensation,including payment for in-between lesson time. Learn more.
- Customized hands-on training — we are fully invested in your becoming an outstanding instructor. From day one, every new teacher gets paired with a mentor.
- Students available right away — we have a group of area students that we are waiting to match with a great instructor.