The Private Music Teacher’s Website Checklist

Emily Ann Peterson

Apr 26, 2017

A Definitive List of Things Your Website Will Probably Need

First, Do You Need a Website?

It’s extremely rare that a music teacher won’t need a website. However, it’s not unheard of. Take, for instance, my very own mother who is a Wyoming piano teacher with a long waiting list of future students. She has no website. I was chatting with her the other day about this website subject and her response was: “Well, I asked all my students and their parents if my having a website would enhance their experience, they all seemed really ambivalent about it. So, I don’t think I’ll ever need one.”

The culture in her local economy doesn’t rely heavily on technology. For this reason, she gets most of her students like every other local Wyoming business gets their customers: through word-of-mouth.

So, before you build up your anxiety over whether your website has everything it needs, do yourself a favor and triple check that a website is absolutely necessary.

However…

If You’re Like Most Businesses These Days, You Will Need a Website

Even if your website is a one-page, online business card. That’s fine! Having something is often a lot better than nothing. (In fact, I’ll probably build my mom one of these next time I’m at home for Thanksgiving.)

There are plenty of tutorials out there for how to build a website. I highly recommend Google for this pursuit because every teacher is a bit different with their technology needs and abilities. However, my favorite and by far the easiest place to get your website going is Squarespace. I use them for my own site and encourage all of my creative marketing clients to do the same.

Yes, I know there are a lot of free options out there. (Wix, Weebly, Wordpress) But my reasoning for sticking with Squarespace is simple:

I’d rather spend my time teaching my students, not fussing over my website.

This conveniently brings me to the reason you’re reading this article…

The Checklist: Things You’ll Need On Your Website if You’re a Private Music Teacher

The Basics

Brownie Points/Optional

Bottom-line

Every music teacher is different with different local economies, and different kind of demand for information. Take a gander at a bunch of other music teacher sites out there (even if they’re from other cities). I promise you’ll learn a lot.

Oh! and feel free to reach out to me anytime. Leave a comment below if you’ve got a question or need any further guidance. I’m happy to help!

Emily Ann Peterson is a singer-songwriter, teaching artist, consultant, and creative entrepreneur who spent 17 years with her cello. It was her second voice until she was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor. Refusing to resign to fate and genetics, she expanded her skills to include the piano and solo songwriting. This act of neurological defiance broke through her creative glass ceiling and then swept her up in the expansive limits.

Her podcast, Bare Naked Bravery, features conversations with everyday heroes about the quiet successes and loud failures required to do the brave things for which we know and love them.

Peterson’s mission is inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.

She is available here: www.emilyannpeterson.com


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