It has never been easy to promote yourself, especially when you are a private piano teacher.
(or whatever kind of music instruments you teach).
people are like, “teachers shouldn’t have to sell themselves” , “we are not sales!”, “I just don’t know what to do, so I guess I’ll wait for students to discover me and show up at my door one day”.
I get your frustration. I never thought I had to promote myself as a piano teacher either.
So I waited and waited for too long to take actions.
I wanted to start teaching long time ago when I graduated with my master’s degree. I mean, I did start teaching, along with my successful performing career, which I loved and enjoyed. But I always knew inside of me teaching was my true calling. I just wasn’t given the opportunity to use it to the fullest.
But instead of being proactive about teaching, I went to do more study instead. So I thought by going back to school and get more degrees would help.
I loved studying and learning, but studying and learning something that’s not directly related to what I really wanted to do – which was piano teaching – was basically a waste of time for that matter (I still learnt things but they didn’t contribute to what I wanted to do).
So what did I do? I quit. I quit everything and started to focus on piano teaching.
I started with 5 students. I couldn’t even pay rent with that salary.
People called me for performances, I refused. I guess I was being very radical and stubborn, but I also wanted to show myself there was nothing else I could do now but to really build my piano teaching career because I’d burnt that ship- I was at the point of no return.
It really pushed me to build my piano teaching career quickly. I set a deadline yet I achieved it in a much shorter period of time – because why? I needed it to happen. Of course I was working on it almost 24/7 – ok more like 18/7. I devoted time effort heart and soul into building my music teaching business.
Suffice to say, I made it.
But what I wanted to say is, there’s no glamor in working my bottom off for the career I truly wanted. I had to put A LOT OF EFFORT in building it.
Despite that fact that it was very tough process, lots of heartache, frustration, exhaustion and simply hard work, it was very rewarding and I would always be grateful to have taken that opportunity and run with it. It was my dream to teach in an environment in a way I wanted, to mingle with students I truly enjoyed teaching and making music/playing piano with. Even now when I look back it still puts a smile on my face.
I want you all new music teachers out there, whether you are piano teachers/violin teachers/cello teachers/double bass teachers/singing teachers/windwood teachers/even dance teachers, you can do it too. You just need to have a blueprint, a program, a map to guide you there. Then you would have less headache and frustration like I did.
“You should give up now – it doesn’t pay well.”
“You should get a real job.”
“You can’t make money being a musician/music teacher.”
“You should just get a teaching job at school or a government job.”
“You can’t make stable income teaching (enter any music instrument name).”
“You should study something else than music.”
Have you heard these questions – or insult – before?
I have, many times, directed towards me or towards my teaching staff and music friends.
At one point I thought that’s not working for me either. So I thought of doing something else or doing it differently. But I always came back to it.
I don’t give up easily. When I want something, I make it happen.
So I started playing piano, I studied abroad in piano performance, I worked as a pianist, I taught piano, I started my piano studio, and then piano school. I wrote books about piano teaching and playing. I consulted piano performers and piano teachers and music teaching studio owners online. I ran an online music teacher training platform, etc., etc. The list was endless.
And I made money teaching music and piano while enjoying my work. I love teaching, I have immense passion in helping people, I do.
When I get exciting and joyful feedback from piano students/parents/piano teachers about how much they’ve enjoyed my lessons/courses and how I’ve changed their lives for the better, I become so touched sometimes I would even cry with joy.
But hey, this is not about me, this is about YOU.
Being successful in music teaching requires hard work, in some ways more than having a regular job. Especially when you are teaching freelance or on your own. You don’t have the benefits that most people do: you don’t have the paid holidays, the health benefits, the regular time off (because you perform/teach piano on weekends/holidays). People think it’s so great to have your own work! Yes but they don’t see how hard it is for you to maintain your own students, plan your own work schedule, annual student concerts, piano exams, competitions, lessons, fees, parents, the list goes on and on. Wait, did I say no paid holidays so every time you take a vacation you cringe on how much money you didn’t earn on your trip to Japan/Thailand/Italy? And you can never take the same days off to hang out with your family and friends who have a regular job schedule? Heck, you sometimes even forget it’s public holiday because you are working on that day! And if the weather’s bad and everyone gets to stay in and cheer for the extra time off, you are upset because you don’t get to work and get paid?
Ok, that may have gone a bit too far and too much details – I personally had thought about all of the above and that’s why I can write them out easily in one minute.
But still, I love teaching, whether I am teaching piano students or piano teachers or other music instrument teachers. I simply love sharing knowledge and helping others, from teaching piano students how to play better, to teaching piano teachers how to teach better, then to teaching other music instrument teachers on how to build their music teaching career. It is important for the piano students and piano teachers and other music instrument teachers know how they too can be successful in their piano playing and piano/violin/flute/cello/erhu/singing/guitar teaching.
When I teach a piano student, I influence one person (and perhaps a little on the family too). But when I teach a piano teacher or double bass teacher, I influence someone who can influence many students of their own. I really like the idea of that.
So if you are out there still thinking about my training program “How to Build a Successful Music Teaching Studio”, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me today. I am giving away a very special offer with some freebies on my online training program. Contact me now and get the gifts already!
I have been giving this a lot of thought.
I wonder what more there is to help you as a music teacher, no matter you teach piano/violin/double bass/any kind of music instrument.
Trust me, I have been there before.
I had gone through a difficult time trying to build my own teaching studio. It was a lot of effort and hard work to make it happen, but most of all, it took me a long time to find out what I actually needed to work on to build a successful teaching studio.
Believe me, it wasn’t easy at all. At times I wanted to give up. I am sure you feel the same way sometime yourself, feeling like no one really cares about your work.
But obviously I didn’t give up, and that’s why I am writing this and you are reading it right now.
The struggle to build a meaningful and financially rewarding music teaching career is real. But there IS a way to do it, more effectively and efficiently, with great foreseeable result.
For me, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience in many ways. I struggled alone on this journey: I wished I had proper guidance from someone who had built their own studio successfully and showed me the way instead, so that I wouldn’t have wasted so much time looking for the way I wanted to teach.
And that is why I created this new training program for you. I know you are out there looking for that way to make it happen. Let me help you: the training program is designed to do that for you and many other teachers who have so much passion for music and teaching but don’t really know how to change the way they are building their studio/career. I like to take away your frustration and struggle so that you can contribute to our music teaching community.
There are various levels of the program you can join. From whole online program and small courses bundles to single lecture, you can choose whatever packages that suit your need. I do believe you learn best going through the whole program.
You can also opt to do private coaching with me on teaching as well. There I can customize for you the topics you really want to focus on.
I know you have so much to offer. And we need you to teach the students who are eager to have a great teacher just like yourself.
Let me show you the way.
Our first round of students taking the course has already gone through over half of the course, and they all show great enthusiasm and responses towards the course.
We are now accepting enrolment for the second round of students!
To enrol in our course, you can either contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our online training platform @ teresa-wong-music.teachable.com
Please note that in order to receive the discount shown below, you must enrol directly with us via local bank transfer payment method.
Whole course fee:
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The next course commences on July 16, 2018.
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