In order to become a Community Music School Instructor, a DePauw student must submit this instructor agreement form and the Community Music School must have received a recommendation form from the DePauw student’s applied professor.
The instructor is responsible for creating a positive atmosphere for learning and making music, for setting clear studio policies and expectations for both the student and the legal guardian, and for showing up on time prepared to teach each lesson. Instructors are required to get a background check before they become a Community Music School Instructor. Instructors who have received a background check through a music education course do not need to have a second background check.
This background check will remain valid during their entire time as a Community Music School Instructor at DePauw. Once the background check is completed, the instructor is required to attend one Community Music School workshop. Instructors are also required to submit a sample of their teaching to the Community Music School faculty for review until passing Pedagogy on their primary instrument or their first semester of Music Ed lab. The purpose of this is to provide educational feedback to the instructors and
The student must prepare for lessons by practicing consistently, by listening to and cooperating with the instructor, and by bringing all necessary music and materials to the lesson.
The legal guardian will supply financial and emotional support for the lessons. This involves promptly paying lesson fees, in addition to offering encouragement for the student’s musical studies and maintaining a practice schedule for the student. Appropriate practice routines will be suggested by the individual instructor and discussed with the legal guardian.