February 22nd, 2018

What is the BIGGEST Challenge You Face in Your Music Lesson Business?

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Mike Veny is a professional drummer in New York City. He has been happy playing drums since 1989. He performs with Sean 360x & the universoul spiRitual Ankhestra alongside Ramsey Jones of the Wu-Tang Clan family. Sean 360x is a MySpace chartopping artist & has been #1 on the ReverbNation Electronica/Dance charts for over 16 weeks. He also performs with Kim Oler, an Emmy Award winning composer for ABC’s All My Children, As the World Turns,The Tracey Ullman Show, and The Guiding Light.

  • My biggest challenge right now is getting enough students to survive as a fulltime teacher. I tried to apply to other companies to supplement more students, but they want a music degree, which I don't have. I have plenty of teaching, recording, and stage performance experience though.

    • Mike Veny

      Hey Diana – I promise you that your lack of a degree is NOT holding you back from getting more students. It's more than likely a marketing issue. I sent you an email. 🙂

    • It definitely isn't your degree! Most of the teachers in my area – the ones with 40 students in their studio – haven't passed higher than a Grade 5 or Grade 7 (I'm talking about UK standards, not sure how this translates in American terms). You have to be someone who your students LOVE and talk about, and you have to be a great teacher! Get your students to spread the word about you.

  • Ann Rylands

    My biggest challenge is to set a policy for parents to pay for lessons that they have to miss for student activities, etc.
    I realize that they cannot help the extra rehearsals that they have for school, but some of these parents stretch the policy of paying for lessons anyway.

    It is a problem in my studio.

    Ann Rylands

    • Mike Veny

      Thanks Ann!This is a common problem for a lot of teachers and studios. Is this an issue of being firm with your policy? Do you find yourself letting parents off the hook for last minute scheduling changes?

    • I am running into the same problem. They dont understand that this is our livelihood and full time job. I just dont understand.

      • Mike Veny

        Gayle – the summertime is rough for many music teachers. As someone who has overcome the summer income drop (as I like to call it) & helped other teachers do the same, I suggest taking this time to start planning next summer.

  • John

    My biggest challenge as a part-time teacher is competing with sports. I only teach on Saturdays, and now that it is summer, most of my students have decided to "take a couple of months off."A lot times they return, but sometimes I never see them again. When a person's schedule gets busy, why are music lessons the first thing that gets bumped?

    • Mike Veny

      John – that is a common challenge that I've experienced myself. One thing that I've learned is that there are some people who are home for the summer and looking for something new to try. The key is finding those people. Once I had a few, I had people asking me for lessons twice a week sometimes in the summer. 🙂

  • I thought I was the only teacher going through this summer madness.

  • Ms. May

    Thank you for being here. Need more students asap. Flyers have worked in the past; may have saturated the market place, because the response is almost nil. I had a website once, and only had 1 student in 2 years find the site and apply. (No longer could afford a website.)

    • Mike Veny

      You're quite welcome. Hang in there and keep working “on” your business. As you grow as an entrepreneur, your music lesson business will grow.

    • Flyers NEVER worked for me. Neither did advertising in school. Only two things have worked: 1. Word of mouth and 2. Online advertising.

      1. Of course you can't get word of mouth if you have very few students to begin with, but how about offering a referral discount? I offer my students 500 rs off their invoice ($9) for every student they refer to my studio. I've had 3 new students in 2 weeks this way!

      2. More and more parents & students are looking for teachers online. Find ALL the free online classifieds websites in your area and post your ad on ALL of them. Be everywhere! Be the first name that pops up when a prospective student searches for "instrument they want to learn + your area."

  • My biggest challenge is putting my foot down. I'm 24 years old and I find that parents are very pushy. For example, when I started teaching, I had decided that I would absolutely NOT teach on the weekends. However, I keep getting pushed into accepting classes on weekends "but my child has no other free time and she's DYING to take clasess with you!" – and the only reason I've let myself get pushed over is because I just started my own private studio (I worked at a school before) and my attitude has sort of been "take what I can get."

    Also, a LOT of people tell me that my fees are too high. I'm in India, and I charge a little bit more than most teachers here – 2000 rs / month ($37) for voice lessons (1 lesson/week) or 3200 rs / month ($59) for piano lessons (1 lesson/week). I lived/worked in the US or the UK, I could be charging the same amount (or more) per LESSON rather than per month. I've been pushed and pushed to change my fees, offer discounts, etc. – I think that because I am young, parents think they can push me around. And sometimes, they can.