Category Archives: Being a Professional

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

Insurance for Independent Music Instructors

As a natural born worry-wart, I am sometimes perversely interested in really boring topics.  But today’s riveting topic is essential even for non-worrier self-employed music instructors: …Drumroll… INSURANCE! [Trumpet fanfare] Why buy insurance? To protect you from the unexpected, like: Your studio gets burglarized or vandalized. Someone slips on the unshoveled walk outside your studio and … Continue reading Insurance for Independent Music Instructors

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

Choosing an Accounting Program for Your Studio

If you’re a geek like me, tax prep time is your favorite time of year. Just kidding. I’m fairly certain I am one of the few self-employed music instructors out there who actually enjoys putting stuff together for my taxes. The reason I enjoy it is because I like to be organized and I have … Continue reading Choosing an Accounting Program for Your Studio

Finance and Accounting 101 for Music Teaching Studios

Or, Do You Know What You Don’t Know? I’m a really lucky girl.  I have a really awesome mom and dad who were independent business owners for most of my childhood.  My dad is also awesome because he has quite possibly the most meticulous and well organized finances that I know of.  He is SO meticulously … Continue reading Finance and Accounting 101 for Music Teaching Studios

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)

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

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?