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An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers

Book Release March 1st!

Book Trailer

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Two-Year Waitlist Book Book Trailer

by Pragmaticmomblog.com

PC: Kevin Gilligan

Our Vision

Piano teachers are entrepreneurs.

 
 

In my new book, Two-Year Wait List: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers, I share my tried-and-true method of using marketing, technology, and business know-how to grow a two-year wait list for a successful independent music studio. From identifying the value of a music teacher and connecting with students to taxes, fees and running a music school like a business, I share my knowledge and experience to educate other professional music teachers on how to create an empire that will have students lining up for lessons!

Wishing you success in your music studio,

As a 25-year veteran of the piano instruction profession and current President of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), Noreen Wenjen understands the importance of not only creating a nurturing environment for music students but also what music teachers need to do to establish a successful music studio with longevity.

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Noreen Wenjen, NCTM, President, CAPMT

 
Noreen Wenjen speaking at the CAPMT State Conference 2018

Noreen Wenjen speaking at the CAPMT State Conference 2018

 

Success Stories

The key to success is keeping up with the times.

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1. Online. It’s time.

 
 

We are educators and our our primary focus is teaching students in the classroom or in our home studios. The prospect of taking our business online is daunting, even for the newest generation of music instructors.

When is the right time to go online? Today. Today’s technology makes it easier for budding musicians to find us for lessons, and for us to teach others around the world from the comfort of our home studio.

All you need is a few key pieces of technology and an online billing system to reach and teach virtually anyone in the world!

 

I taught my student when he was abroad in Germany, and his mom sat in on the lesson in the US!

I taught my student when he was abroad in Germany, and his mom sat in on the lesson in the US!

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Thank you for encouraging me to expand my private lesson business online. I've pretty much doubled my client base (and subsequently my income) just by doing this ;) Thanks again!”

— Karl Arrieta, percussion instructor

 
 
 

2. Make your marketing count. Think like an entrepreneur!

 
 

Challenge yourself. Go beyond your comfort zone of teaching. Brag a little about your strengths. Your potential pool of students just doubled.

Word of mouth still has the most impact on how parents and adults choose their music instructor, so ask your current students for quotes to put on your website.

A picture is a worth a thousand words. Choosing a music teacher if a very personal choice based on many factors. Share whatever you can to give potential students a sense of who you, how you teach, and the type of studio that you run.

Are you the type of teacher who has loads of patience for very young students or do you prefer to work with more advanced students preparing for competitions? Perhaps you can work with all of these types of students, including adults.

Flaunt your successes and invite opportunities to work with new students. What makes you unique could be the very thing that attracts new students.

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3. Your studio policy represents your music studio. Professionalism counts.

 
 

I agree, we need to keep (and raise) our standards in the piano teaching profession.  Thank you for your willingness to share your policy.  This encourages other teachers to reexamine or write their own policies. 

Suzi Judd, NCTM

I would like to thank you for gave us an really wonderful presentation at the convention. It provided a lot of useful and helpful information for my music teaching. 

— Shelly Chen

I was very inspired by your "right-full" way of thinking how to run piano studio, and your energetic and articulate Allegro Agitato presentation!

— Keiko Winther-Tamaki

 

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