Category Archives: Mindset for Success

When Students Quit

The summer student-quitting frenzy is coming.  I can feel it.  I had a student give her notice the other day.  This happens every year, no matter how hard I work at doing things to retain my students. My highest turnover time for students is always late spring and summer.  Now that it’s started, I’m on … Continue reading When Students Quit

Give Your Future Students Attentive Space

The Secrets of Marketing Your Music Studio Without Feeling Pushy or Seeming Desperate. A guest post by Rebecca Tall Brown of TrilineMarketing.com If you stand at your local craft store, as I was doing last month, you’ll witness the pull-down, put-back of product — reflective of people in that space who are thinking about starting projects.Yarn … Continue reading Give Your Future Students Attentive Space

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 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)

An Image Crisis in Independent Piano Teaching (Repost)

A special post today – not part of the Business End Series, but deeply related to it. Below is a re-post from Frances Wilson’s blog, the Cross-Eyed Pianist. Frances recently undertook a study of piano teachers in the UK to see how they viewed their jobs and how they thought others viewed their jobs. This post … Continue reading An Image Crisis in Independent Piano Teaching (Repost)

Are You Fierce?

Have you seen the quotation from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  “though she be but little, she is fierce” (Act 3, Scene 2, line 325)?  It’s been on all kinds of websites and memes about girl power, and I identified with it a lot.  Because though I am but little, I am fierce. Just to … Continue reading Are You Fierce?

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

The Coachable Musician (and Music Teacher)

What does it mean to be coachable? To me it means being able to take feedback about yourself, your playing, your teaching, etc., without getting defensive, and then doing what the feedback giver suggests. It takes tremendous trust and vulnerability to be truly coachable.  You’re trying something new and all you have is your coach’s … Continue reading The Coachable Musician (and Music Teacher)

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