Frequently Asked Questions From Instructors
If you are really interested in becoming a Childbloom Licensed Instructor, no website is going to answer all of your questions. Teachers want to know what is the cost, how does it work, what is so special about Childbloom and whether it will fit in your particular lifestyle. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions. We really want to know what your particular concerns are about making a career in music. Contact us and we will schedule a call to answer YOUR particular questions.
Q.: Do I have to have a degree in music or the guitar?
A.: Formal education is not a requirement. Knowledge is. All Childbloom Instructors must go through an application process that includes a video example of the applicant’s skills. You must have right & left hand skill because that is what we teach the students. Childbloom Teachers encompass a whole range of skill levels – from junior players to concert artists. If you’re worried that you won’t qualify, contact us and we’ll let you know.
Q.: Do I have to read music to become a Childbloom Educator?
A.: Yes. All Childbloom educators must be literate guitarists and musicians. Familiarity with both the art music and pop music traditions of the guitar is valuable, also. Not only do we share our love of music with our students, we also share our knowledge.
Q.: Do I have to have prior teaching experience?
A.: Prior teaching experience is always helpful, but not absolutely necessary. If you have a lot of experience teaching teens or adults but not much teaching 5-9 year olds, you must be willing to adapt to the new methods you will be trained in with Childbloom.
Assuming you have the communication skills needed, the Childbloom Educator Training may be all the experience you need. Besides teaching experience, what we seek in a potential Childbloom instructor is maturity, stability, a love of music, and a willingness to become a trustworthy mentor for children.
Q.: Where can I operate a Childbloom Guitar Program?
A.: We do not determine your location. You may operate a program from your home, through a music store, or anywhere you would normally instruct. We recommend (but don’t require) a minimum space of 120 square feet or more for studio size. Finding a teaching site is usually the first challenge a new Director must accomplish. We want you to have a site lined up BEFORE you train. Call us to discuss how to do that. We can help. There are things to know.
Q.: How much does it cost to become a licensed Childbloom Educator?
A.: There are two types of Childbloom Educator Licensing: Directors Licensing and Instructor’s Licensing. Instructor Licensing is reserved for those teachers who are sponsored and work with a Director.
For both Directors and Instructors, upon qualification, there is an initial fee of $450. For Directors, six months after initial training Childbloom educators pay a monthly fee which begins at 12% of gross income from their Childbloom Program and diminishes to 8% as the program grows. For the first six months of operation there is no license fee. This allows you to build a program quicker and stronger. Because we have a reputation for successful studios (which we wish to continue), and because there is an element of risk involved on the instructor’s part, we will review the potential for each prospect before a licensed agreement is signed. We want each teacher to be economically successful and will discourage instructors in areas that, demographically, cannot support a program.
Although some Instructors may be trained by a Director, all Director Licensees must be trained in Round Rock/Austin, Tx. The training usually takes 5-6 days (depending upon prior experience.)
The marketing world is changing. We also recommend (but don’t require) start-up capitol in the form of cash or credit to generate students. This amount will vary according to area and the cost of outreach vehicles. Many Directors began very lucrative programs with less than $1000 start up capitol. But consult with us. When we get a clearer picture of what your goals are for your program we can give you a realistic idea of what is needed to meet those goals. We have 40 years experience and a large database of teachers successes to develop our information. No other business consultant can better provide that information specific to your music education career.
Q.: What about competitive Childbloom Programs?
A.: We do offer an exclusive-site license to operate Childbloom Guitar Programs and guarantee not to infringe on current teacher’s chosen licensed sites. Instructors make the same guarantee.
Q.: How will this affect my income?
A.: Call us and we can give you the results other teachers have had. As in all investments in one’s education, there is a risk. We encourage you to contact the Childbloom teachers listed on our website and ask them what the value of their program brings. We structured the program to improve a teacher’s net income and increase the value of his or her teaching time while introducing many more children to this world of music that we love. Childbloom teachers have proven time and time again that we have done just that.
Q.: What can the Childbloom Program offer me?
A.: Developing a program from the ground up is intensely challenging, time-consuming and costly. With the Childbloom Educator Training you will be able to walk right into a quality program of pedagogy and successful business practices that have been successful for 40 years. You will have access to outreach materials, a 35 year database of past marketing information, immediate credibility, valuable parent/student support with our monthly newsletter, a business plan of your own, systems that are structured for success and a dynamic and wonderful curriculum – unique in the market place. Free continuing education and affiliation with a network of professional educators will give you a winning formula for success!