Starting a Career Teaching Private Music Lessons: Part 1

Are you thinking about becoming a private music teacher?

Teaching private music lessons can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. I have been teaching for over 20 years and I love it! This is a career where you as a teacher never ever stop learning.

If you have never taught before and you are not sure how to get your business started, then please let me help you with what I have learned over the years.

Here are some things that you should ask yourself:
Where do I want to teach?

  • At my home
  • Do I have enough space for a proper studio in the house?
  • Do I have an accessible bathroom?
  • Do I have pets?
  • Do I have neighbors that would complain about the noise?
  • Do I have ample parking?
  • Do I have enough room for the student and their family members that come in the house during the lesson?
  • Do I have family members that may interrupt my lessons?

In a local music studio

  • Location
  • How much does the studio charge the teacher to rent the room?
  • Do you have to work in the store when you are not teaching?
  • Can you set your own hours?

Who are your students

  • Am I going to teach children, adults, or both?
  • Do I like children?
  • What will be the youngest student I will accept?
  • Do I have the patience to work with children and their parents?

You as a teacher

  • Do I play well enough and know enough music theory to do a proper job of teaching?
  • Do you like working with children?
  • Do you want people coming to your home all the time if you decide to teach out of your home?
  • If you are teaching in a store, are you okay with a very small studio?
  • Do you have the time to continue learning?
  • Are you in tune with the music that the kids are listening to today?
  • Are you going to be a rigid educator that can only teach one way, or can you recognize the learning style of child and change your method, so the child will learn just as quickly as other students.

These are just a few questions that I have learned over the years and from talking with parents. You should be able to answer them. I will talk about these questions and more in my next post.


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