May 23rd, 2017

Are You an Entrepreneur or a Private Music Teacher?

For most people, the answer is either “I’m a music teacher and I need to get better at being an entrepreneur” or “I’m both”. The harsh reality that successful music teachers realize is that you have to be one or the other. If you want to make money teaching private music lessons, then you need to be an entrepreneur.

I’ll never forget the day that I sat on my parents front steps reading the book that changed my life forever, the E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. I realized quickly that despite all of the work I was putting into my business, I wasn’t an growing. I was a music teacher managing a music lesson business that was a giant headache.

As the years have gone by, I have learned how to become an entrepreneur. When you see yourself as an entrepreneur, providing a service, your perspective changes. Once you make that critical mind-set decision, your work will forever be changed.

After many years of embracing this mentality, I didn’t realize the success of it, until I was walking alongside the beach with my friend who is a yoga teacher. She was asking me how come I was never stressed about work, income, cancellations, etc. She also mentioned that she hated the “business side” of her work. She wanted to just enjoy being a yoga teacher.

My response to her validated the whole point of this article. I don’t remember the exact words that I used, but the essence of it was:

  1. I thought of myself as an entrepreneur first.
    This way, I could assure business would get taken care of.
  2. When business got taken care of, my time got freed up.
  3. As my time got freed up, I got to enjoy being a drummer and a drum teacher more.

In summary, if you want to really make money teaching private lessons, you need to think of yourself as an entrepreneur first, and a teacher second. In the end, you will be a more effective and happy teacher.



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About Mike Veny

Mike Veny has written 26 articles on this website.

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.

  • kim

    I would say a teacher but I am definitely working on being more of an entrepreneur and it is working – I have the most students I have had in a few years right now.