At Cherry Pie we are extremely proud of our top-class teaching staff. We have a team of around 30 specialist instrument teachers working in the school, with all of them being amongst the best in their fields in terms of qualifications and experience. We encourage a strong and positive team spirit, making Cherry Pie a fun and inspiring environment in which to learn.
Our teachers come from a diverse range of musical backgrounds and all have various specialisms whether classical, jazz, rock/ pop, or musical theatre, as well as being excellent all-round musicians. Although we obviously have set standards in terms of qualifications and experience, we value ‘real world’ experience very highly and nearly all of our teachers are or have been professional performers or session musicians. Just as important as musical ability, we also ensure our teachers are outgoing, friendly people with a warm and enthusiastic teaching manner.
Before working at Cherry Pie our teachers go through a rigorous assessment which addresses every part of their being an excellent music teacher. On the musical side we audition not only technical and artistic ability but also the wider skills of sight reading and improvisation and a written music theory exam. We assess teaching skills through interview, role play and an observed lesson and use competency-based interviewing to ensure we only take teachers who are reliable, mature and organised, and whose hearts are truly in music and teaching. We also now give compulsory training in all relevant exam board preparation, to make sure that all of our teachers can deliver the best possible exam preparation across all of the major exam boards for children and adults alike.
Our teachers are divided into 3 categories – Graduate, Senior, and Head of Department. Teachers are appointed to a higher category to reflect their commitment to teaching at the school, as well as having a proven track record of reliability and quality of teaching and qualifications/ experience.
All our teachers are fully CRB checked to work alone with children as required by law. In addition to this we also test our teachers awareness of child protection at their interview to ensure they have a common sense understanding of correct procedure and practice when working with children, then train them all to a common standard when they start working with us.