About Our Referral Program
Melbourne Piano School operates with a unique collaborative business model dedicated to building community and supporting both our students and teachers to realize their full creative potential. We've been offering our referral program to qualified piano teachers across Melbourne since 2013 .
The Melbourne Piano School referral program is a mutually beneficial arrangement where we refer prospective students to a piano teacher in our network as enquiries come through our website. All teachers in the referral program operate independently from their own studio and run the lessons as they normally would.
HOW IT WORKS
Melbourne Piano School receives hundreds of student enquiries each year through our website and marketing channels. When an enquiry comes through, we contact the student and forward it by email to the teacher in our network who we think would be the best fit for the student. Often this is based on the geographical location of the teacher's studio and proximity to the student. However we also take into consideration the teacher's special interests and qualifications, teaching style, and experience.
The teacher then follows up directly with the student via phone or email and sets up an initial lesson. We do not take payment, and all payments are made directly to the teacher, not Melbourne Piano School.
As a teacher affiliated with Melbourne Piano School you continue to operate your business independently as you normally would. While you are an integral part of our team, you are not an employee and there is no guarantee of a certain number of hours or students from us. However we are very specific about the teachers we take on board and in most cases a teacher affiliated with us can expect 10 - 20 student referrals per year.
A referral fee becomes payable to us after the third lesson if the student decides to continue lessons with you. The referral fee is equivalent to 3 lessons, with a minimum fee of $140 per student.
After the second lesson, we recommend invoicing the student for the remainder of the term so you have a financial commitment from them. This is a one-time referral fee and once paid, no other fees in relation to this student will be collected from MPS.
If the student decides not to continue lessons with you, the referral fee is 15% of the value of the lessons taken. So, if no lessons are taken, there is no referral fee.
A tax invoice / receipt will be issued on request for referral fees at the end of the financial year. Referral fees can be claimed as a tax-deductible expense.
As a teacher with Melbourne Piano School we will create a profile page on our website which is SEO optimised to promote your work and attract potential students looking for a piano teacher in your area. The profile page will include your bio and qualifications, photos, google map, your fees, testimonials, and a registration link. Your profile will likely appear in the first page of google for searches for piano lessons in your locality.
With your permission we may also promote your work on external websites and occasionally with google ads.
We also offer ongoing support for other aspects of your music teaching work if needed. If there is any question or issue that comes up at any point with your studio, the Director and admin team are available to discuss via phone and email.
Melbourne Piano School offers regular student recitals which you may optionally choose to be involved with. We also coordinate and host other community events such as our regular TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process workshops which are open to students, teachers, and the general public.
In addition to teaching, if you have strong performance skills and are interested in working at private events, you are welcome to apply to be a part of our Performance Team. We regularly receive requests for our pianists to perform at weddings, corporate events, and private parties throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. Competitive performance rates are offered based on skills and experience.
All of our teachers are committed to offering a high professional standard of music teaching and customer service. We expect teachers to respond to referrals promptly (within 24 hours) and keep us informed of the status of referrals via email and an app called daPulse which can be accessed online or via an app on your phone. Here's an overview of teacher responsibilities in the Referral Program:
1. Prepare and deliver high quality music lessons to your students
2. Maintain a clean, professional, and welcoming studio environment
3. Maintain your own piano and/or keyboard in excellent working condition
4. Keep accurate records of lessons taught for a referred student in daPulse, until the referral fee is paid.
5. Maintain warm and positive client relationships.
6. Update your availability in the MPS Teachers Availability Spreadsheet.
7. Familiarise yourself with MPS policies.
8. Respond to correspondence from the MPS admin team within 1 business day.
9. Pay referral fees as agreed by the due date.
As a Melbourne Piano School teacher you have the flexibility to choose your own working hours and decide how many students you want to work with. There is no minimum or maximum number of referrals we will send you. If things are getting busy, simply let us know, and we will hold off on sending referrals your way for a while. You can also specify the kinds of students you prefer to work with.... for example if you specialise in certain areas, or if you only want to work with adults or only children.
To Apply to work with Melbourne Piano School you must have:
- a tertiary degree in music, or working towards completion of music degree
- minimum 2 years piano teaching experience
- valid Working With Children Check (Victoria)
- Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
Please apply via our Application Form.
We will review your application and get back to you within 14 days.
Melbourne Piano School was founded in Elwood in 2012 by Andy Harrison. We also operate a music education studio in Fitzroy North in addition to our Referral Program. We are a small and dedicated team of teachers who are passionate about music education.
If you are interested to join our team, please fill out our online application and we will be in touch with you once we've reviewed your application.