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How to Make Money Become Music Teacher Online or Offline for individuals want to quit their jobs and start their careers as an entrepreneur are as follows:
Description of Job
• Teach people—young and old—to play a musical instrument.
• Offer refresher courses and advanced instruction.
The Need
Learning to play an instrument is somewhat like learning to play a sport. A handful
of people are born with an innate musical sense; the vast majority of us need
instruction, at least at the start.
A music teacher begins with the fundamentals—how to handle an instrument,
how to read music, and how to listen to your own playing.
Challenges
It’s not enough to be able to play an instrument well; you have to be able to teach
others to play. You have to be patient enough to withstand the screeches and wails
of untalented—or at least untutored—students.
An important decision is whether you will go to students in their homes or
teach them at a studio.
If you teach in the homes of students, you can save the expense and complication
of setting up a studio. You will, though, have to spend the time to travel,
and you will have to deal with whatever distractions exist in the home.
Setting up a studio allows you to control the environment. But you have to
make provisions for students—and perhaps family members—to wait while
other lessons are conducted. If you are teaching piano, organ, or drums you’ll
have to provide an instrument for students to play at the studio.
A third option is to work with an area piano or musical instrument store;
many offer instruction and hire subcontractors to teach at studios in the store.
This option saves you the expense of setting up a studio and gives you a professional
setting.
Know the Territory
The heart of the market for musical instruction is likely to be elementary through
high school students, although some people will want to pick up an instrument—
or renew a decades-old acquaintance—in their adulthood. Spend the time to
learn about musical programs offered at area schools, and don’t forget that your
services can complement school bands.
Make contact with area piano and musical instrument stores and offer your
services for instruction in the home.
How to Get Started
Advertise on school bulletin boards, in shopping guides, and in music stores.
Seek referrals from friends and relatives.
Up-front Expenses
You’ll need teacher’s copies of musical instruction books. (Some publishers will
offer free or discounted copies to teachers who agree to specify the books as
required purchases for students.)
If you set up your own studio, you’ll need to create a private space with sufficient
room for you, a student, and the instruments you’ll be teaching. If you’re
going to teach piano, organ, drums, harp, or other instruments not easily transported,
you’ll need to provide equipment in the studio.
How Much to Charge
Charge by the hour. Remember to factor in the cost of travel to distant clients. If
you’re going to be teaching in a studio, include a portion of the setup costs in
your hourly rate.
If you will be teaching as a subcontractor in a music store, you will likely be
paid by the store and not the student.
You may be able to make some additional money by selling instruction books
and music to students. If you are running your own business, you may be able to
receive a commission from the rental of musical instruments by an outside company
or store.
Your contract with the student should be specific regarding hourly rate and
any special conditions. The agreement should include a charge for any student
who fails to cancel an appointment with sufficient notice.
Legal and Insurance Issues
Special notes: Investigate a business owner’s policy for any studio you set up in
your home or for any work you perform in the homes of students or at a music
store. If you perform work in a studio operated by a music store or other third
party, you may need to obtain a workers’ compensation policy.

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