Should You Freelance or Work at a Music School?

Should you Freelance

One of the biggest decisions you will make as a new music teacher is whether to teach at a music school or go the full freelancing route.  Both options have their pros and cons.  Let’s make this into a quiz to keep things a little more fun!


1.I am a first year music teacher. . .

A. Who is still in university.

B. Who graduated university and is renting a home with roommates

C. Who graduated university and lives in a home with a partner or other musicians.


2. I find the idea of advertising for new students. . .

A. A hassle

B. something I’m unsure about but willing to give it a go.

C. a challenge I’m willing to accept.


3. I can handle money. . .

A. I’m a musician, I only need to count to four.

B. It’s not my favourite thing, but I’ll do it if I have to.

C. Budgeting and accounting?  No problem!


4. I’m willing to devote at least 2 hours a week to managing my business. . .

A. Nope, I like to leave my work at work.

B. I’m busy, I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle that every week.

C. Sounds reasonable.


5. I want music teaching to be my only source of income this year (I’m assuming you’re a first year music teacher). . .

A. Yes please!

B. Is that possible?

C. This is a joke. . . right?

(Your answers are after the jump!)

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Sanity Saving Studio Policies

Sanity Saving-2

When you are your own boss, it is easy to fall into the trap of making exceptions for “just one kid” or “just this once.”  A studio policy lays out the expectations for the year, reinforces your professional image, and gives you something to fall back on when parents want you to make an exception that is unreasonable.

One of the worst mistakes you can make in your first years of teaching is to see yourself as an amateur teacher.  Parents sense this, and won’t take you seriously.   Even if you only have 5 students, remember that you are a professional in your chosen field!  You’ve trained most of your life to do this, and you possess a special skill set that is worth paying for.

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