About Travelling Teachers
Travelling Teachers, Inc. was founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1984 by pianist and teacher David K. Charney who now serves as its current director. Since its beginning, this organization has brought music lessons into the homes of several thousand people. Instruction is open to everyone with a love for music and a desire to learn, regardless of age or previous background.
Our Music Teachers
Most of our teachers have degrees in music, though some have minored in it. And there are some who have become accomplished performers on their instrument and have a desire to convey their knowledge and expertise to others. All of our teachers are interviewed and auditioned. We look at their personality to see how they might relate with people, both adults as well as children, because it is in this area that is most important about being a teacher for our organization.
Setting Up Lessons
After you provide us with some basic information*, we will pass it on to one of our teachers in our database who will get in touch with you, usually within a few days. You will discuss with the teacher what you/your child's needs are for the lessons and work with the teacher in coming up with a mutually agreeable day and time for the lessons. We cannot guarantee that we will always have a teacher available for your instrument in your geographic area at any given time, but the odds are reasonably good that we will be able to provide you with one. If we cannot, you will be put on our waiting list and you will be notified when a teacher becomes available. You can then inform us whether you are still interested or not at that time.
* Your name, address, home & work numbers, name and age of student and instrument you desire to learn. An e-mail address is also helpful. Please also indicate the level of experience or anything that you think the teacher should know about the student.
We offer opportunities for our students to perform for each other, their parents, relatives and friends. These recitals, usually twice a year, are free of charge and give the students an opportunity to perform in public in a casual atmosphere. Following each recital is a small reception whereby people can meet each other over light refreshments.
Some Common Questions
Can I interview the teacher before deciding to go ahead with the lessons?
You may have the teacher come to your home, for an interview, introductory lesson, or whatever you wish to call it with no further obligation. However, since we do have to compensate the teacher every time he/she travels to a student's home, we would have to charge you for that as one lesson.
What if it is not a good match between the teacher and me/my child?
Please call the office to request another teacher. We would not want you to feel uncomfortable or obligated to stay with a teacher you're not happy with. We will do everything we can to provide you with someone else in that case.