WOW WHat a Package!
Both founders of Forte Paul Myatt and Gillian Erskine have built and owned several Forte schools over the years. Separately, each owned a large profitable Forte schools of around 750 - 800 students. Along with a great team they built a school from 120 up to 575 students in Sydney whilst living in Brisbane. Paul decided to build a smaller school model in Dee Why school of 350 students which he did over 2007 - 2009.
Paul and Gillian know what it takes to build and operate businesses of this size and have put integrated systems in place for every area of the business from marketing through student retention, imaging through management, staff hiring and training through quality assurance. Take a look below at just some of the reasons why Forte Schools are amongst the most successful in the world!
We've got the look!
Forte image is crisp clean, professional articulated through bright colours of red and yellow in combination with white walls, navy doors and blue carpet. This colour scheme is common to all Forte schools.
We have a unique music education system which develops the full skill set to create musicians of the future. Traditional piano teaching focuses on a 'read and play' approach dismissing the importance of aural development which is strange really as music is an aural artform.
At Forte while reading is important and our students do learn to read, our philosophy is to introduce all of the musical skills from the very beginning and layer up as children progress through our courses. The broad-based music skill set which we focus on developing includes reading, playing, playing by ear, playing using chords as well as bass clef notation, improvising and composing.
We are the only music school group that offers a full range of courses across the whole age range.
Our schools also offer tuition on a wide range of instruments the most popular being guitar, drums and singing. Several schools offer rock school programmes and are using the Rock School exam system.
Documented Business systems & Resources
Our fully documented business sytem is all there. You will have to learn it, and the skills and practice some of the processes and then implement it. We train you in all the systems and manuals as well as the education programs before you start.
Our Forte Business Partners have a password protected business support site where there are resources to help them manage their schools.
Forte teachers also have a seperate password protected site where there are stacks of Forte teacher resources including all the lesson plans, homework sheets and a video resource library. We have standard Forte teaching process across our whole network through the use of video demo. Each piece must be taught in a particular way. No wonder plenty of our students transfer from school to school with a minimum of fuss and disruption.
Supportive Community of business owners
You are not alone!
As business partners we are there to mentor you through all stages of your school growth. You also have the rest of the group to draw on. You have a full collegiate of business partners who have gone there and done it before you.
We all get together at Forte conference each year and the room buzzes with excitement, music, fun and friendship. Everyone relishes in the connecting of like minded people doing the same thing, facing the same challenges and rising to the occasion.
Our School owners private facebook group is very active. This is where business partners ask for advice, share ideas, triumphs, friendship and a whole range of experiences.
QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS
Our Foundation of Music Examination system provides a check that your teachers are doing a great job with your students..
Forte Teacher Performance Appraisal system provides a defined structure so you can work with your teachers to help them improve their teaching so that teaching standards of education across the system is consistently high and compatible from school to school. Schools often have students transferring between them with ease.
Magnificent marketing systems
Our schools have the national Forte website driving prospective students to their door. No other music school group has this kind of marketing support.
There are plenty of local marketing activities that Forte business parters implement each term to build their student base. They are fully documented in our Forte marketing manual. These are the tried and successful promotions that work year on year and the manuals give full information on what and how to do them.
Each school has their own facebook page to interact and network with their client community.
Marketing is a hot topic at national conference each year and plenty of ideas that have been tested throughout the year are presented and discussed enthusiastically.
FANTASTIC FORTE TRAINING
We have full training programmes for our teachers and teacher trainers.
School operations manuals in administration and some aspects of the marketing manual help our business partners train new customer service staff easily to deliver consistently warm and wonderful customer service.
Fabulous Forte Festival!
Excitement rings through the music schools as the preparation for the annual Forte Festival is underway. The day brings plenty of proud parents, grandparents and Forte School Owners.
Music is a performance art so we are proud to give your our students the opportunity to perform for their family and friends in a professional performance venue each year.
Costumes are the name of the game and it's lovely to see how special the children feel all dressed up and ready to go on stage.
Forte Festival is a real confidence builder. Developing self confidence is one of our core values.
For their efforts performers young and old receive a Forte Festival medallion. Some children have a whole collection of Forte Festival medallions for performances year upon year.
This is a wonderful retention programme, team builder and Forte community builder.
Share The Journey
Forte Conference is the one time of the year we get together in the same place and share ideas, expertise and recharge, re-energise and re-connect to our vision for the year ahead. Click on the images below to read more about the achievements shared at our recent Conferences.