Rocksteady Music School Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Exhausting but very rewarding!

    May 8, 2021 - Band Leader in Derby, England
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    Pros

    Company Ethos Great management All colleagues are on the same mission Company away day Working with children and shaping their futures

    Cons

    Lots of driving Physical ie loading and unloading twice a day Mentally draining Salary could be better Can sometimes feel lonely

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    It really isn't about music

    Jun 9, 2021 - Music Teacher 
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    Pros

    Friendly staff / Supportive / Fun job / Holidays Paid

    Cons

    It's not about music. You don't get to teach music, you just need to tell the kids to press a key on time. It's about the number of students you have because they all pay a monthly fee. It's sad because you can do a better job, but again, it's not about teaching music. It's about making the kids have fun and build confidence.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Friendly People

    Jan 27, 2021 - Band Leader in London, England
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    Pros

    - Casually dressed, enthusiastic staff who care about children - Flexibility and ownership of teaching responsibilities - Rewarding purpose to educate the next generation - Charitable consideration and contribution is embedded into the culture

    Cons

    - Laboursome, multifaceted role - Long notice period - Limited development and career growth (PGCE teachers were prioritised over NQTs) - Many people going above and beyond for the love of the company not financially motivated making competition tight and rewards minimal - Isolating role, limited opportunities for teamwork

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Company But With Some Downsides

    Jan 6, 2021 - Bandleader 
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    Pros

    Long holidays Some days are shorter than others, which is really nice You finish quite early, mostly around 3 or 3:30 pm You are your own boss and responsible for your day to day actions. Manager does check in occasionally and will observe lessons from time to time. But you really are in control 90% of the time. Manager is amazing, seriously - the best manager I've ever had (although I've heard this varies) Strong team, amazing training week and away days (Pre-Covid) Some days are amazing and you really can't beat it

    Cons

    High turnover of classes, every 30 minutes there's a new class. Can feel like you're racing against time especially if you have to collect and drop the kids off. You might finish early, but packing away equipment and getting home can take ages (especially in the first six months as you get used to it). By the time you get home, you're mostly too exhausted to do much else. Some parents are really rude and unpleasant. There's an admin team to help, but more often than not you'll be at the frontline dealing with them. Low pay, especially for all the hard-work. Normally, the away days and Christmas parties make up for it - some of the most fun parties and the best work events I've ever had. No proper training, you get a week before the job starts, but it does not prepare you. The first month is hardcore and you're pretty much just thrown in - sink or swim!

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great but some of the people up top are holding it back

    Dec 28, 2020 - Band Leader 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun job, good holidays, great people to work with, middle management were all great (band leader supports)

    Cons

    Pay is poor, limited progression opportunities, some of the people up top are narrow minded, arrogant and actually lack the knowledge to warrant the job role that they have

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Excellent environment to offer stability to musicians

    Aug 9, 2020 - Band Leader in Worthing, England
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    Pros

    Enriching the lives of kids through music, early finishes, 10 weeks holiday

    Cons

    Lonely working, social events rare, low salary

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Fantastic job which I loved greatly

    Nov 2, 2019 - Band Leader in Kettering, England
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    Pros

    The sense of family within the company - lots of WhatsApp groups and loads of like-minded people who are there to support, encourage and inspire. The kids! - it's amazing to see them grow and develop The workload - it was relatively low on admin, which meant evenings and weekends were largely free. The clear route for progression - it's definitely a company where you can grow in your role and move into new positions. The desire to reach every child - Rocksteady Foundation does amazing work supporting kids who wouldn't otherwise get the chance! This is alongside bursary spaces and pupil premium. Management are awesome - they care so much for the staff and for the kids we work with. That comes across at every meeting. Summer Camps - they're just awesome! The termly concerts - a great opportunity to see the progress kids are making

    Cons

    Quite a bit of heavy lifting - not so much a con as something to consider when looking at whether it's appropriate

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Fun place to work

    Oct 13, 2019 - Customer Service 
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    Pros

    Fun place to work, very friendly office and field team, like minded individuals in music. Great to progress skills in your chosen area with positive and supportive colleagues. Lots of charity work involvement opportunities.

    Cons

    Low pay when compared to similar roles in other companies, difficult to be promoted internally without having to compete with external recruitment.

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Rewarding but tough job to work

    May 25, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Rewarding experience, great company values and perks. Resources and training always available and great for personal development

    Cons

    Expenses/pay can be considered a little low for a solitary income. Spend 90% of your job driving alone. Company meetings can take you well out of your way due to network spanning the country

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