Category Archives: Avoiding Burnout

Accounting Software Survey for Music Studios

It takes me about 2 hours per month to do all my bookkeeping and billing. I have a studio of about 30 students that I run from my home.  How long does it take you? If 2 hours a month sounds like heaven to you, it’s time to choose (or change) your accounting program.  What … Continue reading Accounting Software Survey for Music Studios

Running a 21st Century Music Studio

or “There’s an App for That!” Every time I talk to my phone, and it answers me, I think to myself, “I love living in The Future!” Technology is a truly wonderful thing, and makes it possible for you, as an independent music teacher, to run your own business with only a couple outside professionals … Continue reading Running a 21st Century Music Studio

Managing the “Business End” of a Music Teaching Studio

Here’s a brief list of the things that come to mind when I think of the “Business End” of things: Business end of a skunk (the stinky part) Business end of a scorpion (the pokey part) Business end of a dog (the bitey part) Business end of a snake (the poisonous part) Business end of … Continue reading Managing the “Business End” of a Music Teaching Studio

MF Seeks LTR: Managing a Long Term Relationship with Teaching Music

I may be completely dating myself here, but do you remember those old personals ads, SWF seeks a partner for fun, dates, and possible LTR?  When I first got into teaching piano, I was told (in my Simply Music training program) that I was embarking on a long term relationship with teaching music.  Like any … Continue reading MF Seeks LTR: Managing a Long Term Relationship with Teaching Music

Add Value to Your Music Teaching Studio

Have you heard the corporate buzzword “Value Added?”  When I worked in HR, I had only the vaguest idea of what it meant.  In staff meetings, the bigwigs would start to talk about “adding value” and my eyes would glaze over.  In fact, I had to start my own business to understand what “adding value” … Continue reading Add Value to Your Music Teaching Studio

How to Take Vacation AND Retain Students in Your Music Teaching Studio

Music teachers, do you need a vacation?  Like all  of you, my fellow self-employed music instructors, I NEED vacation.  When late June rolls around, I’m ready to sit on my patio with a cocktail for 2 weeks.  Ditto for December 26 –minus the patio since I live in Minnesota. And yet, when we work for ourselves … Continue reading How to Take Vacation AND Retain Students in Your Music Teaching Studio