Tag Archives: Avoiding Burnout

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

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

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