Job Posting

Thank you for your interest in teaching positions with our school. This page will give you an idea of our philosophy of teaching and our ideas on how our school can best meet the needs of our students and teachers.

If you are interested in applying for a teaching position after reading this sheet or viewing our website please email your resume and cover letter to

No phone calls please. Only suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Current Openings - Music

We are currently hiring for part-time music instructor positions for piano, cello, voice, guitar, ukulele, and more! 

Our music instructors must have a degree in music.  We are always hiring substitute teachers for all instruments!!

All our instructors are independent contractors, making anywhere from $18 and up per hour, depending on experience and longevity in teaching with us.

Current Openings - Dance

We are also hiring for part-time creative movement dance instructors for the upcoming September 2016 - June 2017 teaching year. We're always hiring substitute teachers for a variety of dance styles!

All our instructors are independent contractors, making anywhere from $18 and up per hour, depending on experience.

School Background

Portland School of Music & Dance is a privately-owned school that was founded in September 2014. Our SE Location is located at Central Bible Church and our NE Location is located at St. Philip the Deacon Church (formerly as MusicWerks Studio).

We cater mainly to children. About 90% of our students are between 3 and 16 years old. We welcome adult students but the majority of our student base of mainly children.

We realize that most of our students will not become professional musicians or dancers, but our goal is to impact lives and awaken possibility in every person who comes to our door -- student OR teacher. We strive to provide a fun but educational environment with well-organized administration and first rate equipment and facilities.

Why Teach With Us?

There are several places you can teach music or dance in the Portland area. Why should you consider teaching with us? Check out the information below:

Music Teaching Positions

As a music teacher you can either teach privately in your home, in students homes, or you can teach in a music store or school -- all have upsides and downsides. If you teach in your home or students homes, the upside is you can keep all of the money you charge to the student. Since you have no expenses like rent or a receptionist, you do not have to pay very much in overhead costs. But there are also downsides of teaching in your home or your student’s homes. It can be hard to keep your schedule constantly full with new students. Getting a full schedule can be difficult and expensive if you have to run classified ads or small newspaper ads. Even if you are a good, well-liked teacher, it can take a long time for referrals and word of mouth to fill your schedule. If you are driving to student’s houses you also have to factor in the driving time between students which limits the amount of teaching you can actually do (not to mention gas money and not having all your teaching tools and resources with you!).

The other downside of teaching on your own can be the difficulty of enforcing your attendance and payment policies. No one likes being a collection agent. It can be difficult to concentrate on your teaching while trying to keep track of who owes money and to make sure you are paid.

If you are teaching on your own, it can also be difficult to enforce your teaching policies and have your time respected. For example, if a student tells you they are going to Disney World for the next two weeks, it can be difficult to still make them pay for their lesson time. Many students will refuse to pay for those missed lessons because they will think: “I’m not getting my lesson so why should pay?”

Chances are you can’t book another student in that lesson time for just 2 weeks, so if you don’t charge the student in Disney World, you have just lost 2 weeks of pay. If that scenario happens a couple of times per month it can greatly reduce your earnings.

Now let’s look at teaching at a music school. The downside is you don’t get paid as much per student. Teaching rates that in-home teachers and music schools charge are usually pretty similar. So the pay per student to the teacher is lower because of rent, advertising, receptionists and other expenses. The upside can be having a consistently full schedule of students each day. Being paid a little less per student but having 10 or 11 students in a day will mean you earn more overall.

Another upside to teaching at our music school is that you do not have any collections hassles. You only have to focus on what you do best: teaching!

Here are reasons why music teachers choose to teach at our school over all other choices:

1. A constant flow of new students to keep schedules as full as possible.

Over the course of the year, students can move or quit. This can leave a teacher with gaps or holes in their schedule. Most student register and start lessons in September. Most music schools only advertise in late August and September for new students. At our school we spend a lot of money on advertising and marketing year round to keep our teacher’s schedules as full as possible. Each year we spend over thousands of dollars on advertising in newspapers, magazines, direct mail, community publications and other media to constantly attract new students. We are continually registering new students for our private music lessons even during typically slower registration months like May or June.

2. Extras are taken care of – your only responsibility is to teach.

At our SE Location, we have full time front desk administrators to handle all of the “details” of teaching. From scheduling to collecting fees or arranging an accompanist for recitals, these details are handled by our administrators, NOT the teacher. This means the teacher is free to focus on teaching and not get bogged down by administration.

At our NE Location, we are working on having a front desk administrator to greet families walking in and out.  We still handle all the scheduling and collecting of fees, arranging an accompanist for recitals, etc. 

3. Your time is respected and you are paid whether or not students show up.

Teachers are paid for lessons whether students attend or not. If a student misses classes for school trips, holidays, or sickness, the teacher is still paid. If a student does not pay for their lessons or has an uncollected debt, the teacher is still paid. The only time a student is given an extra make up lesson is if the teacher cannot make it to the lesson and no substitute teacher can be found in their place.  Our priority for our teachers is to make sure that your time is not abused and your teaching day can be as productive as possible.

Dance Teaching Positions

As a dance teacher you have several different studios you can choose to teach in. If you have freedom to express your artistic style through your teaching, the main difference will be how the organization of the studio affects your satisfaction and ability to focus on your teaching.

Here are reasons why dance teachers choose to teach at our schools:

1. Small class sizes.

We limit class sizes to make classes easier to control and monitor for teachers and to give more personalized attention to students. Our classes for ages 3 - 5 are limited to a maximum of 8 students per class. Our classes for ages 6 and up are limited to a maximum of 12 students per class.

2. Full time administrative support.

In many studios there is not a receptionist on duty. This means that the teachers are faced with administration details when they should be concentrating on teaching. We have full-time, front desk administrative staff during class times to handle routine questions and scheduling details that should arise.

3. Floating dance floor in our large studio.

We use professional floating dance floor in our studio. Our dance floors rest on a system of 700 high density foam blocks. This dance floor helps prevent injuries and fatigue. A good quality floor is a consideration if you are going to be teaching for a few hours each day. A supportive quality floor allows you to protect your most important assets – your body and your ability to teach.

4. Extras are taken care of.

We try to take care of all of the extra details throughout the year. Teachers are not required to collect any fees or do any costume measuring. We have a full time costume seamstress that measures and sews recital costumes to teachers’ specifications. We also take care of all the organization of yearly recitals. We try to have everything well organized so the teachers are free to concentrate on teaching and nothing else.


Questions?  Please contact  Thank you!