This blog started as a resource to help struggling musicians with their private teaching studios. Over time it has become clear that not all musicians want to teach music, therefore this site was expanded to also show musicians how to make money online. Working from a computer anywhere in the world is something that allows musicians to create a steady stream of income while traveling, relocating or touring.
You will find two types of information on this site—>
1) If you are looking to grow your music teaching studio, click here or on the menu tab above that reads ‘Make Money Teaching Music.’
2) If you are not interested in teaching music or if you are curious about how musicians are creating an alternate income online, we recommend you start your journey by watching our free video above which will explain everything, or simply click on the menu tab entitled ‘Make Money NOT Teaching Music‘. Enjoy!
Do you make a living with music? Playing weddings, jobbing gigs, orchestras or community bands. Rock, country or jazz? Original or cover bands? Do you teach music lessons or classes?
Well, the real business you are in whether you know it or not… is not music. Nope. YOU ARE IN THE MARKETING business! Music is your trade, but it’s not your business. In fact, in the words of the great Dan Kennedy. ”All businesses are marketing businesses”
Think about this for a minute. If no one knew about you, you wouldn’t be playing or teaching. This is much like a pizza joint is not the in the pizza business, they are in the selling of pizzas business. The sooner you realize this, you will be head and shoulders above any competition in your area.
If you are auditioning for a job you have to ‘sell’ yourself at the audition & with your resume. Essentially you are saying… here is the deal, I’m the best choice for the job.
Now, some of you may not believe me, but take a close look at your bank account and let me know if what you are doing right now is working for you…
Marketing is such an interesting topic, once you begin to dive in. If you are new to the idea, I suggest you visit www.ilovemarketing.com and download the free Breakthrough DNA Report as well as listen to as many free recorded marketing podcasts as you can. Joe and Dean are super pros and hilarious to listen to.
Most music teachers want more students, but for some reason they don’t want to pay for them. First of all I just want to point out that if you have a $100 per month student, they are easily worth $1,000 per year to your studio, and therefore are worth an investment to acquire them…(but I’ll leave that for another day).
On the other hand, if you would like to use Craigslist to attract new students, you should avoid looking like everyone else. Here is an example of what NOT to do:
Hi, my name is Mary and I teach piano lessons. I have degree from Piano University and I am now accepting students. I teach all ages and skill levels. Contact me at 555-555-5555.
Now, this ad may produce some results but it won’t stand a chance against a clickable ad below. In other words, you can upload a nice image graphic that can be clicked on and it will take the visitor right to your website. This much more appealing and gives you more control over the process that your new potential students will take as they learn more about you.
Here is how to do it:
Step 1) Create an image for your ad. If you don’t want to design your ad yourself, you can find people that will do it for you for $5 on fiverr.com. I personally use a cheap logo creater software that I purchased here: http://www.laughingbirdsoftware.com/products/
Step 2) After you have your image, you need upload it somewhere on the web. I use a free account at photobucket.com to store my images.
Step 3) Enter your website and graphic location into the code below and enter the code into a new Craigslist ad.
CODE: <a href=”http://LandingPageURL.com“><img src=”http://ImageLocationURL” /></a>
Step 4) Handle the phone calls and emails of your new students as they contact you instead of your competition!
Making money in music does not have to be a hard task. We just returned from a week long family vacation and we did not loose any income during this time! How?
Be strategic when you plan out your music lesson schedule. Set your teaching schedule by the semester and plan your “paid” breaks in advance. For example, March 2011 had 5 weeks, thus teach 4 weeks and take 1 week off. You get a week off for vacation with no income loss. Yaa!
We also took 2 weeks off at Christmas without any loss in income due to how the weeks fell this last December and January. This means you might teach 5 lessons in 1 month, but it is well worth it when your well deserved vacation time comes around and you have not lost any income.
Your musician friends who have day jobs will soon be asking you, “how did you do that?” You can smile knowing that making money with music means you get to pursue your passion and still have flexibility.
Musician classifieds are full of people looking to get together to jam. If you are passionate about music, you definitely want to play.
The classifieds are also full of musicians who have day jobs and can’t find time to jam between their different work schedules. It’s important to have a game plan for how you can live your life and still have time to follow your musical dreams. It IS possible.
In the beginning, we have found teaching music to be a very flexible way to make a living. It does take time and organization though.
Bottom line — it is important to not give up and find a lifestyle that works for you.
Making money as a musician is a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. Many people assume that because you are a musician you have to be poor or that you will always be poor. But we are here to tell you…it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make money as a musician!
Now, I admit it takes a little more creativity than just dusting off your resume and setting up some job interviews, but then again…do you really want a regular job?
Here are some questions to ask yourself.
1) What are my dreams & goals?
2) Can I reach those goals with what I am doing now?
3) Am I open to considering new opportunities or do I have ‘tunnel vision’?
Musicians are the ultimate entrepreneur, we have to be. The skills needed to play music well – flexibility, dedication, consistency, vision, etc. are some of the same skills used by entrepreneurs.
We have the greatest advantage – creativity and adaptability. Use your skills and creativity to make money as a musician!
Hi, Jeff here from Start a Studio.com. I want to share a personal story with you. I graduated from music school with a Music Performance degree with thousands of other music majors across the United States in 2001. Little did I know at the time where my path would lead. (My first job after college graduation was at a distribution warehouse for Menards).
Thinking back, I do remember my first clue as to where my future was heading if I planned to wait for a job to come to me. About a year before graduation I walked into the career and internship office at my college to see if they had anything to offer music majors. The man behind the desk was very nice and asked what my degree program was, and I told him music performance. Without hesitation he burst into laughter. Yep. Right in my face. After a moment he regained his composure, apologized and explained that he used to be a public school music teacher and knew exactly Click Here To Finish Reading This Post