More and more young people are being exposed to instruments these days, with 71% of younger adults saying they’ve played a musical instrument. It’s clear that many people want to learn to make music, and you can be the one to teach them at a new music school.
But opening a new music school comes with its fair share of challenges. We’re here to help you prepare for them. Read on to learn about four challenges and how to overcome them.
1. Finding Qualified Instructors
One of the top challenges of owning a music school is finding the best instructors for the job. There are many talented musicians, but not all of them make great music school teachers.
Recruiting skilled and experienced music instructors who can effectively teach a variety of instruments and styles can be tough. Not all teachers need to be able to teach multiple instruments (specializing is okay as long as you have the funds to pay everyone), but even so, not everyone can teach.
We recommend using your local music community, such as tutors and local performers, as well as our network of talented musicians, to find the perfect people to teach alongside you.
2. Marketing and Promotion
You may know how to open a music school, but do you know how to get new students? Marketing is key when you’re first starting a music school. Without students, you have nothing.
Marketing your music school to attract students can be a significant challenge, especially when you’re competing with other nearby established music schools. Developing a solid marketing strategy is crucial.
If you collaborate with us, we give you access to our marketing resources. You join the Music Lab family, so you get the same endorsements and marketing help as all other Music Labs.
3. Curriculum Development
Creating a comprehensive and effective curriculum that caters to different levels of students and instruments can be harder than you’d think. Remember that all of your students will be coming from different levels of experience, so you’ll have both beginners and talented long-time players looking to improve.
It’s helpful to network with other music teachers around the country when you’re looking for new curriculum ideas. Sharing curriculums between schools helps everyone. Teachers and students all benefit from this.
If you become part of the Music Lab family, you’ll be able to network with other talented Music Lab teachers.
4. Building a Reputation
So you have a few students and your school is getting off the ground. Now it’s time to build a great reputation.
Building a positive reputation in the community and among potential students is a long-term challenge, and your reputation will change over time. Word-of-mouth referrals and positive reviews are crucial for success, so encourage your students to spread the word.
Good Luck With Your New Music School
Are you ready to get your new music school started? It isn’t going to be easy, and it’s a definite labor of love, but it will be worth it. Now that you know what challenges to anticipate, you can get the ball rolling.
At Music Lab, we love helping talented musicians start music schools of their own. We provide the resources, you do what you do best: teach budding musicians. Learn all about how you can start your own Music Lab today.