A Cure to the Music Teacher Shortage Part III | EP 231

When I started this podcast in 2019, I interviewed a parent from my music school to better understand what motivates parents and their expectations from music lessons. This incredibly informative conversation led to a series called How to Cure the Practice Problem. In this series, I interviewed parents about their thoughts on practice, challenged some of their expectations, and provided new perspectives. Surveying and conversing with parents in your music school is an excellent way to understand and serve them better.



A Cure to the Music Teacher Shortage

In last week’s episode, I spoke with Cathy Hallessey and Brian Brodersen, owners of U-Rock Music School in Ontario, Canada. They have a unique model of hiring teenagers as instructors. These teenagers, typically students of their school, undergo a training program and receive mentorship. While this approach is radical in music education, it mirrors practices in other after-school activities, like dance studios where young instructors are common.



Industry Standards vs. Innovative Approaches

Many music schools prefer hiring instructors with degrees in music or even graduate and doctoral degrees. However, U-Rock’s focus on mentoring and hiring teenagers stands out. To explore this model further, I thought speaking with a parent from U-Rock Music School would be insightful.



What Parents Think of Teenagers as Music Teachers

Today, my guest is Daniela Guglieta, a mom from U-Rock Music School. Our conversation sheds light on her experience with teenage instructors and how she initially responded to the idea of her child’s instructor being a 17-year-old rather than an older, more traditionally qualified teacher.


Consider if U-Rock’s model could work for your music school. Maybe having a few student teachers instruct younger or beginner students could be a creative solution to the current music instructor shortage.

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