Setting Up An Independent Music Teaching Studio
What you'll learn
- In this course, we explore your unique gifts as a teacher, believing that what you have to offer is of value just as it is, even as you seek growth.
- Introduce structures and systems that can help your studio run almost automatically, allowing you to focus on the creative art of actually teaching.
- Work through best practices for a creating a physical space, pedagogical plan, appropriate tuition rates, studio policy documents, parent communications & more.
- Focus on the "why" of teaching music. If we remember the why, then we can figure out any detail along the way.
- No prior music teaching experience necessary.
Few music degree programs prepare new music teachers to run their own small business. But that's what independent music teachers do! They create an environment that inspires students, promotes hard work and the creation of art, and reflects their values as an educator. And they have to do all of that while collecting payments, scheduling lessons and communicating with parents.
In this course, you will learn to:
How to discover your values as a teacher
How to build structure into your business planning
How to set up your physical studio space
How to create traditions in your studio that foster community and encouragement
How to interact with parents as clients
How to set a tuition plan and calendar schedule that work for you
How to create a pedagogical plan
How to make your lessons flow
How to be an effective note taker
How to interact as a musician with your broader community
With a 20-30 minute video, slide deck and homework assignment for each module, veteran cello teacher Brittany Gardner will lead new (or experienced!) you through a journey of self-assessment, alignment and growth as you explore how to take your music teaching studio to the next level. Brought to you in partnership with studio management software provider Duet Partner, this course will help all music teachers focus on the music, not the management.
Who this course is for:
- This course is intended for independent music teachers who are either just starting out or who are looking for fresh inspiration for an established studio.
Brittany Gardner is a veteran cello teacher who runs a thriving studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Michigan, Gardner is a trained in the Suzuki Method and is the author of a book on teaching music to children, This Will Help You Grow.
Duet Partner is a subscription-based studio management tool for independent music teachers. By streamlining billing, scheduling, student roster organization and communication, Duet allows music teachers to focus on the music, not the management.