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The Studio is growing!

When The Studio first opened its doors in January, 2014, we had no idea that things would move as fast as they have. We are thrilled to have some of the most incredible families in Rockford and the surrounding areas participating in our summer camps, full-scale musical productions, Studio Sessions and private lessons.

That said,  we’re looking to add to our amazing team of leaders—below are positions open immediately at The Studio!

• Guitar Teacher

The Studio is looking to add a Guitar Teacher to our leadership team! Someone who has the chops to play most musical styles (rock, jazz, fingerpicking, lead, and rhythm, on acoustic or electric) and can make learning guitar exciting to a kid of any age. This position is for group guitar sessions and/or individual private lessons.

The Guitar Teacher must be reliable and dependable—a teacher’s reputation, and that of The Studio, can be hurt by frequently cancelling lessons or showing up late. Parents are paying for a 30-minute lesson, not 28.

Also, the Guitar Teacher must relate well to kids. It’s fantastic that you can play Van Halen’s Eruption, but if you can’t talk to a 10-year old about the background music in Minecraft, you’re probably not a great fit for The Studio.

To apply for this position, please email the following to: courtney@thestudiorockford.com 

• Performance Experience, with a group, band, church praise team, solo work, recording studio work, and so on
• Job History, showing dedication, punctuality, work ethic
• Musical History, showing how you started, where you’ve studied, and how you’re using your gift now
• References from other musicians, previous leaders

To apply for this position, please email

See “The Studio Experience” for more information.

• Voice Teacher

The Studio is looking to add a Voice Teacher to our leadership team! Someone who has the knowledge to navigate a child’s changing voice, someone who has the ability to teach multiple ages (from 8-18), and someone who just flat loves to sing.

Importantly—we’re looking for someone who can not only teach voice, but also have the piano chops to work warm-ups, scales, even accompany singers with songs. Teaching voice without some piano skills is extremely difficult, and we’re looking for someone who can play proficiently enough to accompany as well. Some pieces can be pre-recorded and burned to a CD for lesson work, but piano skills are a must.

The Voice Teacher must be reliable and dependable—a teacher’s reputation, and that of The Studio, can be hurt by frequently cancelling lessons or showing up late. Parents are paying for a 30-minute lesson, not 28.

Also, the Voice Teacher must relate well to kids. It’s fantastic that you can sing Habanera from Carmen, but if you can’t discuss the musical complexities of “Apples to the Core” from My Little Pony with a 9-year old girl, you’re probably not a great fit for The Studio.

To apply for this position, please email the following to: courtney@thestudiorockford.com

• Performance Experience, with a group, band, church praise team, solo work, recording studio work, and so on
• Job History, showing dedication, punctuality, work ethic
• Musical History, showing how you started, where you’ve studied, and how you’re using your gift now
• References from other musicians, previous leaders

See “The Studio Experience” for more information.

The Studio Experience

Our tagline is pretty straightforward—“Excellence, while having fun.” We here at The Studio adhere to the “Schoolhouse Rock” method of teaching…meaning that kids have no idea they’re actually learning until they can recite the entire Preamble to the Constitution word for word. We pick music they love. We pick music we love that we want them to love. We geek out about harmony. We push kids to create. We dive in headfirst and beckon kids to follow. If kids are looking at the clock wondering when the lesson or session is going to be over, we’re not doing our job.

We strive for excellence in performance, in technique, in musicianship, and in practice by balancing obtainable goals with a high bar. In other words, we set goals they can hit out of the park, and then push them even further. In short, we want kids to love music, to love what they’re learning, to love jumping in the car on the way home and performing whatever it is they learned at The Studio.

Positive motivation and humor is the way to tear down those “what will others think” walls kids have a tendency to put up, especially when dealing with something as vulnerable as singing, performing, or playing an instrument. There’s no shaming, nor practice cards with parental signatures. We foster the love of music and performing (because we love it), and that love will drive a kid to play for hours on end without a care for the clock—and it will get kids working ahead in the book just to see how much they can do.

In addition, parents that enroll their kids at The Studio will never have to worry about what their child or children will be exposed to, musically, dramatically, or otherwise. There is plenty of excellent music out there without language or off-color lyrics—and The Studio is family-friendly, age-appropriate, and uplifting in every facet of its DNA.