5 Ways to Keep the Spirit Alive as an Independent Teacher, Tutor, or Coach

I’ve chatted with hundreds of independent teachers about why we teach, how we establish our careers, and how we run our businesses. There are so many common threads between music teachers, english…
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How Long Should a Private Lesson Last? by Eric Branner

It’s difficult to pinpoint the perfect lesson duration. Some students thrive on a 30 minute slot, others may benefit from 90 minutes of your time. For me, 45 minutes is the perfect duration for a…
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I’m Giving Away My Guitar Method

I’ve decided to give away The Blackforrest Guitar Companion as an ebook at no cost. I’ll also support the book with video lessons outlining all of the information in the book. I’m doing this because…
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Simplify Your Lesson Policies for Private Instructors

A clear lesson policy is as an absolute must for any instructor. A policy sheet lays out the ground rules for a student-teacher relationship. It explains the instructor’s rate, accepted payment…
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Songs on a Mission : A Seattle-based Teacher Brings Music Lessons to Latin America

by Scout MacKay. There was a rusty Toyota Escort waiting for me across the footbridge from the little hostel on the beach. “Usted es el amigo de Christina? Are you Christina’s friend?” I asked the…
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The Best Ways to Bill Clients as a Private Instructor

How do you bill your students for lessons? Do you you charge per lesson, monthly, quarterly or charge tuition? Do you use a set billing model for all your clients or charge on a case-by-case basis? A…
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The Memorization Challenge: One Month, Three Songs

Are you looking to prepare students for an upcoming recital, or just want to encourage them to take a step beyond learning some songs? The “Memorization Challenge” can help! This is a fun, month-long…
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The Power of Nostalgia — Relating To A Student’s Musical Inspirations With Our Own

We all know the feeling. Whenever “Every Morning” by Sugar Ray comes on at the grocery store, we are filled with nostalgia and transported to the back seat of our mom’s car with our best friend from…
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The Storm that Wasn’t-Cancelling Lessons Due to Weather/Acts of Nature

Seattle was expecting the worst storm in decades this weekend. A typhoon was predicted to knock out power, knock over trees, and leave the city paralyzed. Bottled water disappeared from store…
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The Truth About Tone Deafness

by George Bevan. Tone deafness (cognitive amusia) is rare. The much-quoted figure is that 4% of the population are affected, but I have spent the past six years working with literally hundreds of…
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Turning Frustration Into Success

I’ve loved teaching since I was ten years old. I went door to door, asking the neighborhood moms if they would send their children to my house every afternoon during summer vacation. The children and…
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