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