Q: How do I become a QuaranTunes teacher?
A: We try to make the process of becoming a QuaranTunes teacher as simple as possible! All you need to do is select the “Apply To Teach” tab. Select whether you would like to teach music or a creative arts class.
For Music Teachers: Fill in the information that the application requires, and once you apply, a QuaranTunes Board member will contact you to arrange a short phone interview. After that, if all goes well, you will be added to our roster of Teachers and PickTime scheduling system. Shortly after that, the Head Teacher of your instrument section will contact you to schedule a more in-depth informational session about how exactly everything works and what your duties are as a teacher. As soon as that is complete, you will be all set to start getting booked!
For Creative Arts Teachers: Our Creative Arts Organizer will reach out to you once we begin the process of starting a new “creative arts round”. Each creative arts round lasts four weeks - where you will teach once a week. The Creative Arts Organizer will interview you, and explain the information necessary to a successful creative arts class! You will be guided through how to communicate to all your students and how to structure the class of your dreams. After two weeks of planning your class, you will begin to teach a class of around 20 students (depending on your art).
Q: How much time commitment is being a QuaranTunes teacher?
A: It’s totally up to you! Some of our teachers teach a few lessons per day and some - only one half-an-hour class per week. After you start getting sign-ups for lessons, it’s your responsibility to determine at what point you would like to stop receiving more bookings. To stop receiving students, you can change your name and status on PickTime to “currently fully booked”, or turn off your “services”. Furthermore, you can ask your Head Teacher for your Tutorbook visibility to be turned off, which means your profile would not be visible when parents search for teachers. If you need help with any of those processes, reach out to your head teacher!
In addition to lessons with QuaranTunes students, we offer free Masterclasses and Workshops with world-class professional musicians that can be instrument-specific or open to all of our teachers. We strongly recommend that all of our teachers attend one-of-a-kind classes that will both help you hone your teaching skills, and allow you to explore your own musical passions. Lastly, we ask that all of our teachers attend monthly zoom calls with their Head Teacher and other teachers in their instrument group to check in about how your lessons are going and just exchange ideas, teaching strategies, and other helpful information. In total, we ask for an additional hour of commitment per week for these activities.
Q: Do I receive anything in exchange for teaching lessons?
A: 100% of the donations we receive for your lessons go to the Save the Music Foundation through our dedicated GoFundMe page. We are extremely grateful and aware of the time and effort teachers are putting into their lessons. Although there is no monetary compensation, we are happy to give community service hours for every hour of teaching provided through QuaranTunes. In addition, we provide our teachers with incredible opportunities to work closely with some of the best musicians in the world through Zoom during our Masterclasses and Workshops. Lastly, we are working on forming partnerships with corporate sponsors to be able to reward our teachers with gift cards once they have surpassed a certain number of lessons. However, all of our teachers have said that the most rewarding part of the experience is teaching the lessons themselves and they have grown substantially as musicians because of them.
Q: How do I know what to teach during my lessons?
Once you join QuaranTunes, a large Google Drive folder will be shared with you. The folder has several resources, such as pre-made lesson plans, recordings from previous teacher workshops, and scanned sheet music. Our teachers have worked hard to provide a shared resource for every instrument - feel free to contribute as well!
In addition, your Head Teacher is there to advise you on lesson-planning if you have any questions. They have plenty of experience, and will always be friendly and available to talk to you about strategies for running your lessons.
Use your specific instrument groupchat on GroupMe! QuaranTunes teachers are kind and friendly - many would love to give you advice on how to better your lessons.
Lastly, we host workshops with professional musicians and teachers for your specific instrument where they will give really helpful advice regarding teaching strategies.
In other words, we have a wealth of resources and people who want to help you give the best lessons possible
With any other questions feel free to reach out to our CEO, Julia Segal at (650) 924-5660, or our COO, Lisa Kopelnik at (408) 410-9784.