- Establishing a studio:
Location, equipment, speciality (adults, pre-school, etc.).
- Identify your goals and aspirations.
- Identify your business:
Sole Proprietor: No governmental registration of your business. Report teaching income and expenses to the IRS on a Schedule C (included with 1040 forms). OR:
LLC(Limited Liability Company). This protects your personal assets from potential lawsuits.
- Create a simple studio policy: on line and hard copy.
- Recruit students through neighbor schools, churches, Craig’s List, Pin Tack, Local Music Stores, Local Piano Teacher Associations.
- Develop a culture of excellence in your studio. Create a regular studio classes, recitals, exposure to great artists and recitals, Studio Projects, Themed Recitals.
- Thoughtful Repertoire assignments that include technique, etudes, all historic periods.
- Students should bring a notebook to each lesson so that the weekly assignment is easy to access. Lessons should be attended by parents for the elementary aged students. All lessons should be video recorded.
- Involvement with local teacher associations. Enter students in all of the events that are provided.
- Annual student evaluation through Royal Conservatory, Federation of Music Clubs, Michigan Music Teachers Association Achievement Testing, National Guild Auditions, etc.
- Prepare students for success in performance and evaluations through organized practice directives and carefully chosen repertoire.
- Offer Recommendations for inspiring summer camps and programs.
- Continue to practice, perform, and grow. Attend local, state, and national conferences as opportunities for learning as well as networking.
- Be yourself!