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More Reasons to Charge a Premium Rate for Your Music Lessons

I hear these complaints from private music teachers all the time: “Music lessons are such a low priority in the family budget, I’m the first extra-curricular to get dropped.” “Parents today just don’t see the value in music education – I constantly lose students to sports seasons.  Why do the baseball teams get to dictate … Continue reading More Reasons to Charge a Premium Rate for Your Music Lessons

How to Solve 4 Common Music Studio Problems

Did you know you can solve these 4 common music studio problems with a strong (and strongly enforced) studio policies document:  Unprepared students, no shows, students who come sick, and getting paid on time. Here’s How: Vexation # 1:  Unprepared, as usual. You’re getting ready for Suzy’s lesson, and you just know she’ll show up without … Continue reading How to Solve 4 Common Music Studio Problems

How to Become a Better Music Teacher Every Year

So you want to know how to be become a better music teacher. How to keep it fresh and exciting. How to stay energized about your craft for years and years. Let’s take a few lessons from my years in the trenches of Human Resources: A good employer knows that they need to keep their … Continue reading How to Become a Better Music Teacher Every Year

To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

Is it time to take the plunge and rent music studio space for your private teaching studio? Or is it time to move your rented teaching studio back into your living room? If you teach from home, you’ve probably thought about renting studio space. If you teach in a rented space, you’ve probably thought about … Continue reading To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

Drag and Drop Website Builders for Music Teachers

“Help, I need an easy website builder for my music studio!” So you’re an independent music teacher and you need a website (join the club!).  Maybe you are not very tech savvy, and you can’t or don’t want  to train yourself in WordPress, or any other web builder (join another club!). You may want to … Continue reading Drag and Drop Website Builders for Music Teachers

WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

You guessed it, I’m talking about myself. Building a website is intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  You might feel like you need a “WordPress for Beginners” or “WordPress for Dummies” book. But not to worry – if your students can all go on YouTube and learn to play Taylor Swift’s latest hit, you can use … Continue reading WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

Website Building for Beginners

I am a web-design toddler.  I need frequent time-outs, I am prone to tantrums and I know just enough to be dangerous.  But, I also know a website is a Must Have for any professional music teaching studio.  This is how a lot of your students will find you, and can be a great resource … Continue reading Website Building for Beginners

e-Newsletters for Beginners

Do the words “email marketing” make you cringe?  Are you afraid of becoming one of the spammers you so despise? Don’t worry! You can do an e-newsletter for your music teaching studio without crossing over to the dark side. The trick is to send a judicious amount of interesting stuff to people who are interested in … Continue reading e-Newsletters for Beginners

Music Teacher Scheduling Software for Private Studios

Do you feel like you need scheduling software for your music teaching studio? If you’re teaching private lessons, there are some cool things you could do with the right scheduling tool. You might want to let students cancel and perhaps trade slots with another student for a week.  Or, if you offer a couple of first-come, … Continue reading Music Teacher Scheduling Software for Private Studios

Studio Management Tools for Independent Music Instructors

Yes, now I am going to talk about and compare Music Teacher’s Helper   and My Music Staff If you’re a MTH or MMS fan, I’m sorry.  I think these programs both try to be a “Jack of All Trades”—but the rest of the saying also applies: they are “Master of None”.  They do a … Continue reading Studio Management Tools for Independent Music Instructors

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