There comes a time for many music educators where he or she considers the idea of opening their own music school. The reasons for this are very different for everyone, but this is part of the normal evolution of many musicians. For some, it’s the love of education and desire to help more students, for others it’s being in charge of their own school and doing things the way they dream of doing them, for others it’s a desire to slow down with gigging or touring and have a way to pass down their knowledge of music and experience in the music industry. Whatever the reasons are, starting your own music school can be a very fulfilling and lucrative business. So why doesn’t everyone do it? Well, it’s not that easy to actually do it on your own. You need to have a good grasp of how to structure and run a business. You also need a well-rounded marketing campaign as well as a good website, both of which are always changing and evolving. Then, you also have to be good at working with people. Leading your team, dealing with parents, customers, students, and instructors can be challenging at times. The list goes on. It almost seems like we are making an argument for NOT opening a school. We are not saying that at all. What we are saying is that it’s much easier to do this with a good support system and network with other owners that are all working together as a network of schools. That is why we started Music Lab, to fill this need in the industry and we would love to take the time to briefly explain what we offer and how it can help you start and run your music school.
The Music Lab Network of schools helps each other grow in every area of the business, branding, human resources, education, marketing, social media, and more. We have monthly communication as a group, and also provide access to all active music school owners and members of the Music Lab Network for ongoing communication, helping you along your business journey. Our location owners also communicate together and sometimes join forces for different programs, events, and more. The owners of each location work together to grow and have better music schools on every level.
In addition to the owners working together, our network of experienced educators is always growing together and helping each school develop into the best music education establishment in the area. As a member of our network, you will have access to our educators and a team of people working to further develop the next generation of musicians, while helping you grow your educational plan and help your instructors develop their teaching plans. Many of our schools share instructors or teaching methods, and curriculums to further improve what we offer at our core, music education.
Joining the Music Lab Family will provide you with over 15 years of marketing and music school business experience that will help you grow your business. Not only have we been around for that long but we have experienced many marketing changes and evolutions in that time, so our marketing system not only applies best-known practices, but also stays on top of current trends and changes. That is how the team at Music Lab has developed such a strong strategy, both locally and online, to develop the best and most effective online presence.
Over the years we have overcome many obstacles and all types of adversity while running a multi-location music school chain. We are here to help you every step of the way and have a network of business professionals in every field to help you solve and work through any of your business concerns. You will never have a question, topic, or problem that we can’t help you with. If by chance you do have a topic that we haven’t had much experience with we can help guild you to a professional in that field that can help you, while at the same time staying with you on the topic until we arrive at a solution.
When you become a Music Lab location, you get an optimized website set up for your music school in your location. Following that, we offer ongoing support to help your website reach its fullest potential. All of the Music Lab websites are built and maintained to modern standards, are fully mobile-responsive, and come fully-equipped with all of the branding that is needed to make your website look amazing. If you have other things you want added to your website or would like to offer features that aren’t already there we can also help you with those needs.
Just when you thought the list couldn’t get any longer or the offerings couldn’t get any better, we have more. Never again will you have a need for a graphic designer or a branding specialist! We provide all of our locations with any branded material that you may need for your school or an upcoming event with a simple submission in the Music Lab Owner Portal. Our brand and logo is becoming a well-known and respected brand in the industry, so your affiliation with it also has a lot of power. You will be joining a team and a collection that the logo and brand represents.
We have systems that help with every area of running your school. From intake forms that help you get all the info you need to quickly and effectively get all the info you need from the person inquiring about lessons, to scheduling and billing systems that make your life easy, as well as make it easy for all parties involved to stay connected to their schedule, payments, lesson notes, and much more. This is just a sample of the many systems that our owners have at their disposal.
Once you become an owner, our Music Lab Owner Portal offers all current resources, marketing materials, training, and support. If you can’t find what you need in the portal, you can reach out from there to request your custom need. Additionally, our owners always share what they find to be beneficial to their business with everyone else so the list of resources continues to grow.
Over the years, we have established strong relationships with industry leaders in musical instruments and education, which can be extended to schools that join our network. When starting your location you might need instruments and equipment and our sponsors have very special relationships with us and our schools and will help you get special pricing and offers to help meet you where you are and get the gear you need to get your school on its way. Also, our companies have other special things that they do for us like branded equipment, new equipment testing, and even invites to special industry events.
If you have made it this far into the blog we would love to hear from you. Even if you aren’t there yet or are just interested in further understanding the business please visit our Become A Music Lab page and just fill out the form. We would really love to chat with you and get to know who you are and what you hope to achieve in your musical career.