Just like any business, piano teaching business also requires great planning, marketing and operations for it to be a successful one.
So if you are a piano teacher who wants to improve more on your piano teaching business, read the tips and advice below to guide you as you go along your business journey.
Business Tips and Advice for Piano Teachers
- Create a strategic plan for your business.
By establishing a strategic plan, you are guided on where you are in your business and where you are heading to.
Your strategic plan defines the objectives and the short and long-term goals that you want to accomplish and achieve in your business as well as the plan of action that you will use to achieve those objectives and goals.
Having a strategic plan helps in the growth and success of your piano business by helping you to understand your business, the path you should take, the strategies to use and how to best respond to challenges and opportunities.
2. Make your Piano Studio well pleasing to your students or clients.
They say a nice place makes people wow and stay. So, make sure you set up your piano studio beautifully both outdoor and indoor. A beautiful view attracts customers and contributes to the marketing of your business.
See to it that your studio is always clean and tidy and free from any distructions that might cause a student to not be able to focus in his or her piano lessons.
The studio should appear professional and quiet. It should create a good impression on every person who visits your studio.
3. Equipped your studio with a complete set of musical instruments and equipment needed for your piano lessons.
As a music teacher, you need to ensure that all the musical instruments and related things you will use in your teaching are present, and available, especially the piano of course and the music sheets or books.
Also, ensure all equipment you will use or you want to use in your piano lessons are also there, like the computer, cellphone, laptop, tab, iPod and iPad, sound system, recording system, etc.
4. Set up payment and cancellation terms and policies.
To have a smooth flow of your income and to facilitate your finances well, consider setting up a fixed payment and cancellation policy.
This will help you manage your students’ payments so they come on time and you will not miss any income at all.
It is a wise thing to do so that your effort will be compensated well, you receive what you have worked for and no students will just vanish without paying you the money you deserved.
5. Offer your service in a variety of ways or platforms.
To have many chances of getting notice and more sources of income, you might consider offering your service via home or event or virtual or online platforms.
When some parents or clients request you to have your piano lessons at the comfort of their home or invite you in an event to perform, don’t hesitate to offer your services but be mindful of the additional costs that you’ll bear and make sure to bill it to your clients.
Also, much famous now is virtual learning. You might opt to offer your piano lessons via the internet. Students who want to learn playing piano at the comfort of their homes will be the ones that would benefit this kind of setup.
6. Advertise and market your business.
Just by existing as a piano teacher is not enough to make your business a profitable one. You have to promote your business in order for you to gain students and earn income.
There are plenty of ways to promote and advertise your business. You can advertise through word of mouth, posters, flyers, through television or radio, and the most used now is through the internet.
They call it internet marketing. Internet marketing is a kind of marketing with the use of social media and applications and softwares that works virtually and directly to your prospective clients. Examples are advertising through facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, google, etc.
7. Have a good parent/client relationship with constant communication.
They say establishing good relationships with your clients is the most important thing in doing a business.
You can be the famous, a great piano teacher but socially, you are not that well versed. This is one mistake of many businessmen, that they think they can stand alone with their business but the truth is they can’t.
Your clients are the lifeblood of your business. They are the ones who put money into your business. When you are close to your clients, they will consider you as a friend and trust will be established. When there is already trust, expect that they will patronize your business and will continue doing so.
Also, make sure you always have constant communication to your clients or to the parents of your students so that their interest in your business will not quiet down.
Send greetings for their birthdays and holidays and also updates on the progress of their children in their piano lessons.
8. Always treat your students with kindness and respect.
The best teacher isn’t the most feared by students nor the most terror one.
The best teacher is the one who is disciplined yet kind and respectful to her or his students. Every student is different and some may require gentle treatment. So a good piano teacher should always know how to understand his or her students behavior and attitude so as not to offend and hurt them.
A good piano teacher must be patient enough to the learning progress of her or his students most especially playing piano is not easy and requires so much time and effort.
So if you want students to stay in your class and not quit, show them how grateful you are that they enrolled in your class by treating them kindly.
9. Be creative in your way of teaching.
For some students, piano lessons appear to be boring as time goes by. As a piano teacher, you need to be creative in the way you handle your piano class so students’ interest will always be high.
You might consider putting on a show during your piano lessons or dressing up as an actor, a cartoon character or a disney character since most of your students are kids and they will truly enjoy seeing those things.
There are really plenty of ways to be creative so never forget to do that to boost interest of your students to continue learning piano.
10. Always strive for a constant personal and professional development.
Every person no matter what walks in life he or she takes must always continue to improve himself or herself.
So as a piano teacher, do not stop learning and improving your skills in playing piano. Your students are watching you and trusting you that they will be able to learn from you.
Many students will admire you and continue to book lessons from you if they can see that you are really good at your craft and not just in your craft but also in your totality as a piano teacher.
The success of your piano teaching business depends on you, your attitude, your knowledge, skills and capabilities and your passion and love for what you are doing. So strive to be the best you can be everyday.