Tag Archives: successful music teachers

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

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

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

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)

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?

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