A career academy in Florida is recruiting its newest graduates to teach piano and other arts, with a big goal of making sure they’re good enough to find a career in the state’s $1.5 billion music industry.
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“We believe it’s a career path that we can provide to our students, to give them a pathway for success and to help them find their path in life,” said Scott Smith, the director of education and training at Ponte Vedra College in Orlando.
“It’s a big, big thing for them.”
The job-training program is in the works at Ponton Career Academy, which opened in June in downtown Orlando.
Ponte Vedrum College is recruiting piano and performing arts students to teach.
“If you have that passion for music, it gives you a path,” Smith said.
“It helps them understand what it’s like to do music, and they learn the ins and outs of being a professional musician.
They’re getting the experience and they’re getting some guidance.
It’s really important for them to have some kind of guidance in the future.
And they’re going to have a lot of fun doing it.”
Ponte vedra College is also looking for students to become piano teachers, but with a focus on providing a pathway to music education.
“They’re going for people who are really talented in their own right, who have passion and are willing to put in the work,” Smith told News.co.nz.
“The opportunity is huge for them, the financial opportunity, the mentorship that they get from the instructor and the guidance they get in the classroom.
The opportunity to do that is really, really valuable to our student population.”
A recent study by the Florida Association of Career Colleges found that a quarter of career graduates in Florida are unemployed or underemployed.
The association’s survey found more than half of Florida’s 1.3 million students are unemployed, or have less than a two-year job, while about a quarter have no job or have been looking for one for two years.
“In the past, we’ve only had to worry about the young adults who were looking to be musicians and are trying to figure out what it takes to be a professional, but now we’re also looking at the seniors who are looking for a career, who are trying with their parents, who know how to take care of their kids,” Smith added.
With more than 2,200 piano and bass students at Ponserve Vocational Schools, there are also a number of opportunities for aspiring piano teachers in the Orlando area, said Kristy Jones, an associate director at Pona Vocational.
Aspiring piano teachers can earn as little as $8.50 an hour, she said.
“With so many students at the school, you’re going after the people who have the passion and know how it’s done,” Jones said.
“The only way to get that passion is to be an incredible teacher.”
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