Every one of our music teachers is certified and has passed our proprietary teacher selection process. Our teacher recruiting, hiring, and training programs are more thorough than any public school, private academy, or music studio. Whether you’re looking for a music instructor in Tigard, Portland, Beaverton, Sherwood or the surrounding area, you can be sure that your music coach at OMA is the best fit for you. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we do to make sure that every one of our teachers is excellent.
Your child’s safety is important and at Oregon Music Academy, safeguarding your family is our top priority. That’s why we conduct full reference reviews and background checks on every one of our music teachers and staff. When music stores or smaller studios neglect this important step, it adds an unnecessary element of risk to your child’s music experience. Your family is protected from this risk by the background check step in our hiring process. You can trust that you’re safe with us.
Yes, we conduct background checks. But when it comes to your music teacher, a background check alone isn’t enough.
Needle in a Haystack
Finding a truly great teacher is like searching for a needle in a haystack. We review hundreds of applications every year. Out of those applicants, less than 5% make the cut as truly excellent teachers. It’s a daunting task for anyone to sift through the chaos… especially a busy parent! At OMA, we have staff that focus entirely on evaluating and hiring only the best teachers.
You can save a lot of time and frustration by relying on our professional hiring process instead of sifting through potential teachers all on your own.
Reading Between the Lines
Experience and education are important, but they don’t tell the whole story about whether someone is a great music teacher for your child. When you look through hundreds of applications and resumes every year, like we do, you get pretty darned good at weeding out people who aren’t a good fit for the teaching profession.
In the age of the internet, anyone can advertise themselves as a music teacher. But saying it doesn’t make it so! Many of these individuals don’t have the training or passion for teaching kids.
It takes a special kind of person to patiently work with beginning music students. And to find that one-in-a-million teacher requires a proven process for evaluating the skills, experience, and education listed on an application and resume.
Unlike “music studios” and “online music lesson directories” we go far beyond a simple skimming through of resumes and asking a few questions over the phone. After thoroughly reviewing applications and resumes we conduct in-depth phone interviews with likely candidates before they move to the next step in our proprietary hiring process.
Auditioned for Music Knowledge and Skills
It makes sense that your music teacher should have knowledge in music and playing their instrument. That’s why every teacher we hire comes into our facility for a music audition with our staff.
It’s odd that many music studios don’t audition their teachers. Even more startling is that during this phase of our hiring we’ve eliminated people who have taught at local studios and music stores that can’t play their instrument at a basic level or read music!
But just because someone can play their instrument doesn’t meant they’re going to be a great teacher.
Excellent at Teaching
An Oregon Music Academy certified teacher must have an appropriate level of music knowledge and skills. But being an excellent musician isn’t enough. We’re looking for that rare person who can clearly explain complex musical concepts so that a beginner can understand. OMA Certified music teachers are patient and provide lots of positive encouragement to students.
Potential teachers are invited back to Oregon Music Academy to teach a lesson with a volunteer student. This lesson is video taped. Our Program Advisors and Director evaluate the lessons along with feedback from the music students and staff to determine the teacher’s strengths and weaknesses. We only hire musicians that have the heart of a teacher and are committed to teaching excellence.
The Perfect Fit
Potential music teachers are evaluated on their professionalism, personality fit with students and their colleagues, and alignment with the philosophy and mission of Oregon Music Academy. This ensures that there is consistency among our teaching staff and that we know enough about our staff to place you with the teacher that’s the perfect fit for your level and goals.
OMA is unique in that we don’t stop after the hiring process. All of our teachers are committed to ongoing professional development. This includes an intensive orientation and training period in the OMA Way of teaching music. Program Advisors frequently meet with reporting music teachers to make sure our entire team is collaborating to give you the best learning experience.
Our Promise and Money Back Guarantee
We want you to be completely satisfied with your teacher. That’s why we go through so much effort to hand pick only the best music teachers in Oregon. However, if you’re not completely happy with your first lesson, we’ll gladly place you with another instructor or refund your entire lesson purchase, including the first lesson. We wouldn’t make this guarantee if we weren’t convinced that you are going to love learning music with your teacher at Oregon Music Academy. Get started now.