So many performing musicians write off teaching music lessons. Their heart is in performing, their degree is in performance and they love the thrill of being on stage. Teaching music lessons was never a goal. Yet, reality strikes. If the dream performance opportunity does not arrive right after graduation, what is the next plan? For many music majors it is either a day job or a few students here and there. Suddenly musicians are teaching who did not give any thought or preparation to establishing a studio. It is seen as a short-term solution, just a few students to cover the bills and pay rent.
The problem with this though is that thinking about getting a few students on the side to pay the bills projects a very different feel than, providing a service. We have all encountered a sales person who hovers and feels pushy. You can feel their desperation, even when they ask, “can I help you?” We have also had great experiences where the sales person is very knowledgeable and helpful. What is the difference? One wants the sale, the other provides a service. In exchange for providing a service, the 2nd person receives a sale.
Music is your passion! It makes you cry, it makes you smile, it keeps you up at night. Share this passion with others. Realize the gift you have for the world. When you establish a music studio thinking about how you are sharing your musical gifts and helping students to learn something new, you will have a very successful studio that provides you with solid, steady income in exchange for you providing this valuable service. If you just want to teach to make a few bucks, that is exactly what will happen. You will make a few bucks.
When opening a music studio, you are filling a need in your community. There are people searching everyday for dependable, qualified music teachers for their children or themselves. The service that you can provide as a music studio is invaluable. In most cities, there is a shortage of music teachers. Teachers who do have established studios often have long waiting lists.
While many people might think of a music studio as an established brick and mortar business, you can create a music studio as an individual out of your home or apartment. Your service, music instruction, does not need a 1,000 square foot rental space!
What will bring you the most success with establishing a music studio is to be clear in your vision and goals from the start, Have a plan.