4 Challenges Of Every Music School Owner, Actually All Small Businesses

So you know you can teach music…congratulations! It’s only the first step. Offering your services and successfully running a profitable business is a whole other problem. This is the problem most music teachers who want to grow a successful business face. It feels like a massive tangle of problems: How do I get clients? How…

How To Run Your Teaching Biz Like A Badass Boss

I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too. – Steve Martin Too often, I hear music teachers say they are…

How to get concepts to stick for music students

What cognitive disfluency teaches us? I’ve been thinking about this for a while. We are drowning in information these days. There’s so much information that our eyes glaze over. The boards of education of every school district in America are touting the importance of having information about student attendance, test scores, reading ability, curriculum, assignments, and…

How to sing and perform better with spirit

“I almost never listen to music for my own enjoyment…” This is a quote from a music teacher posting in a forum for music teachers.  There was a consensus among the hundreds of posters that they were just too burnt out from playing, singing and teaching all day, more music was just too much after…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

Improvement Science and 5 Percent Better Everyday

As a music teacher, you are training the next generation of leaders in a vital skill: the art of practicing. Practicing is the art of improving a specific skill. It leads to the path of mastery. What you focus on will improve. This applies to teachers as well. What are you doing as a teacher…

The #1 Secret To Teaching Young Children Music

Teaching Young Children Music As a private music teacher, you want to teach music to children.  You know they love it and there seems to be a plentiful supply of them asking for your help.  Besides, lately all your adult students seem to be canceling at the last minute while your teens are more interested…