Music Ed Mentor Podcast #59: Private Lessons

This week we’re talking about something most of us do: teach private lessons. I adore teaching one-on-one lessons for a lot of reasons. Not only have they helped me to improve my classroom teaching, they offer great flexibility and can be more lucrative on an hourly basis. 

For some teachers, running a music school has become a full-time career. For others, teaching a few lessons is a welcome side gig (especially around the holidays). Wherever you fall on this continuum, this episode can help. 

My guest is Wendy Brentnall-Wood, author of the book Music School Success. We’ll share ideas for how to recruit ideal students, stay organized, get paid, and stay on the good side of the IRS.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Treat teaching lessons like a business rather than a hobby.
  2. Lack of time and money are the biggest sources of educator stress and burnout. Educate yourself to run a teaching business not only to be a great teacher but also to make the most effective use of your time and money.
  3. Wendy’s book Music Teaching Made Profitable is a great resource.
  4. You can also book a free 30-minute strategy consultation with Wendy!

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a bachelor of music from Brigham Young University and a master of business administration from Western Governors University. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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