So you want to be a guitar teacher? You're in the right place.

Hey, I'm Steph. Nice to meet you.

Had I known these things when I first started, I would have saved myself a lot of frustration:

Four years ago I was fresh out of college, armed with a degree in jazz performance, and struggling to make ends meet every week with 3 flaky students.

Flash forward to now: I run a thriving songwriting program with 20+ students and a waiting list every semester. 

My programs are handmade, filled with love, and run on originality. And that's what I want for you, too.

From one Free Spirit to another, here are my 3 top tricks to set you up for success:

#1 - Get really specific.

You're the kind of artist that wants freedom to create while making money teaching kids guitar on your time and your terms.

So in order to actually experience freedom, you'll have to make a simple game plan.

See, I know too many guitar teachers who just complain. They basically complain about everything: 

"I'm not making enough money!

That flaky parent just cancelled on me - again!

This student gets so bored, it drives me crazy!"

If you're serious about getting down-to-earth, warm-hearted families to work with you, be the kind of teacher that has a game plan before the problems start. 

Here are a few things you should get really clear on: 

  • Which age group do you want to work with? For example, if you want to work with pre-k kids, you'll look for students in a different place than high schoolers.

  • Choose how much money do you want to make from every lesson

  • Figure out how many students do you have time to teach each week

  • Design a simple, sleek flyer that communicates your personality and style

  • Write a short, punchy paragraph that tells parents exactly what they'll get from working with you (it's OK if you don't have a bio - parents don't actually care about your music credentials, they care about what kind of person you are)

  • Create a payment policy you're happy with

  • Create a cancellation policy and stick to it

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#2 - STAND OUT FROM THE REST.

Remember when I told you that parents don't really care about your bio? That might be a shock, because since the dawn of time that's the ONLY thing people put in their lesson ads:

A flyer that is bound to be ignored by parents everywhere. Sorry, Mark. This is boring.

A flyer that is bound to be ignored by parents everywhere. Sorry, Mark. This is boring.

Instead, be specific in how you share yourself with parents. What quality of a human are you? Be committed to being 100% authentic and real in how you share who you are.

I promise you: 

you are magnetic when you are being yourself. You don't have to try to fit some sorta "guitar teacher" stereotype in order to make a buck.

When I'm writing my elevator pitch to parents, I like to use the 3 Ps:

PATIENT: How will you be patient with their child?

Ex: "I believe that kids of any level can deal with being frustrated if they have a teacher willing to support them."

POSITIVE: Why are you a positive influence on their child?

Ex: "See, any child can play guitar. In my lessons, we'll work on conquering self-doubt, or criticism, and just staying in a positive mindset." 

PASSIONATE: Where are you passionate - especially with your own music?

Ex: "I don't force or convince my students to play anything they don't want to. We'll roll with their passion, their music tastes, and at their own pace."

Then, I'll add in 1-2 lines at the end establishing my credibility as a teacher:

Ex: I have a B.F.A. in jazz performance from Berklee College Of Music, and MTV called my last album "easy on the ears."

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# 3 - Make some lesson
plans before you start

Once you figure out which age group you want to work with, spend 5-10 minutes putting together a list of songs they'd be psyched to learn. 

You should do this before you get students, so you know exactly what you're going to bring to the table - and you can show it off to intrigued families, too.

It's so ridiculously awesome to be prepared, because then you won't freak out.

Don't you hate freaking out? Yeah, me too. So be prepared.

See, I love teaching pre-schoolers guitar, and the first song every student learns is "We Will Rock You," by Queen.

And I know exactly how I'm going to teach every single student, every single time.

We put colors on the fretboard and I give them a worksheet of colors, not numbers. 

Why? Cuz what 4 year old knows how to press the 6th fret of the 5th string? None. Nada. Zilch. I know how to speak their language.

In my free mini-course "Teach Guitar To Pre-Schoolers," I lay out this process step-by-step.

You can grab the course below - it's designed specifically for teachers like you:


YOUR TURN: TAKE ACTION!

Create a game plan.

Use the questions up at #1 as a guideline. But if you want help with this, you should definitely join my free masterclass where I'll walk you through each section, step-by-step, with a 10 page workbook (btw, this class is going to set you up to be a powerhouse teacher. I urge you to join us by clicking here).

Create your 3 Ps: patience, positivity, and passion.

Don't let your sneaky brain convince you that you have these things, You do.

Make your three lesson plans.

Be sure to make these lessons around which age group you pick. And if you're interested in teaching pre-schoolers to play guitar, I've got a kick-butt mini course available to you for free - just click here.


Hi, I'm Stephanie!

I'm here to get you in action with your music. I am the Creative Director of Free Spirits Music, a songwriting school for artists. Click here to learn more about me.

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