Are you setting up a new piano teaching studio? Or are you looking for ways to refresh your approach to your existing piano studio? Consider the following ideas to get you started:
Step 1: Determine Your Teaching Philosophy and Goals
Before you begin setting up your piano teaching studio, it’s important to define your teaching philosophy and goals. This will help you to develop a clear vision for your studio and to attract students who are a good fit for your teaching style.
Consider questions such as: What do you believe are the most important aspects of piano playing? What kind of repertoire do you want your students to learn? Do you want to focus on classical music or include other genres as well? How do you want to approach teaching technique and theory? By answering these questions, you can create a framework for your studio that reflects your teaching philosophy and goals.
Step 2: Choose a Location
The next step is to choose a location for your piano teaching studio. You can teach from your home, rent a commercial space, or partner with an existing music school or studio.
If you decide to teach from home, make sure you have a dedicated space that is free from distractions and has adequate sound insulation. If you rent a commercial space, make sure it is conveniently located and easily accessible for your students. And if you partner with an existing music school or studio, make sure you align with their teaching philosophy and goals.
Step 3: Purchase Equipment
Once you have a location for your piano teaching studio, you’ll need to purchase equipment. At a minimum, you’ll need a high-quality piano or keyboard, a comfortable bench, and your own sheet music library easily accessible. This may require purchasing a bookshelf to store sheet music in your studio, or maybe purchasing iPads where you store your music digitally.
You may also want to consider purchasing a computer or tablet for your students to use during lessons, as well as a metronome, tuner, and other teaching aids. Make sure you invest in high-quality equipment that will last for many years.
Step 4: Develop a Curriculum
As you begin teaching piano, you’ll want to develop a curriculum that reflects your teaching philosophy and goals. This curriculum should include a progression of skills and repertoire that will challenge your students and help them to develop as musicians.
Consider dividing your curriculum into different levels or stages, with clear objectives for each level. This will help you and your students to track progress and set goals for the future. There are many wonderful piano curriculum methods that already exist, such as Faber’s Piano Adventures, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Suzuki, Piano Marvel, and many others.
Step 5: Market Your Studio
Once your piano teaching studio is set up and you have developed a curriculum, it’s time to start marketing your studio. There are many different ways to do this, including:
- Creating a website or blog that showcases your teaching philosophy, goals, and curriculum
- Networking with other music teachers and schools in your area
- Advertising in local newspapers, magazines, or online classifieds
- Hosting open houses or other events to showcase your studio and meet potential students
- Offering free trial lessons or discounts to new students
Make sure you have a clear message and branding that differentiates your studio from others in the area. This will help you to attract the right students and build a strong reputation in the community.
Step 6: Build a Community
Finally, it’s important to build a community around your piano teaching studio. This can include your current students, their parents, and other music teachers and schools in the area.
Consider hosting recitals, concerts, or other events that showcase your students’ talents and provide opportunities for them to perform in front of others. You may also want to offer group lessons or workshops that bring students together and encourage collaboration.
By building a strong community, you can create a supportive and encouraging environment for your students that will help them to develop their skills and grow as musicians.
How Duet Partner Can Help
At Duet, we know that music teachers want to feel confident about running their own small business. Making sure communication with parents is clear and professional is a key goal for our teachers. Duet Partner provides piano teachers with studio management tools like a teaching calendar and invoice generator that make running a studio easier and more automated.
Duet also offers a built-in video conferencing tool called Online Studio. We know what our music teachers need to make online teaching be the best experience it can be, since Online Studio is specifically built for music lessons, not business meetings.
At $8/month, Online Studio is an affordable and easy add-on to your Duet account.
Lastly, Duet offers a 12-episode course on setting up an independent music teaching studio that has a lot more detail about every one of these ideas. Learn more about it here.
Do you have more questions about the best way to set up your piano teaching studio? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you!
What do you need to do to set up your business to pay taxes? A DBA and then Sole proprietor? And where do you do that? Is there a web site that helps independent teachers set that up? I am Suzuki Piano
Great question! When you start a sole proprietorship, your legal name is, by default, your business name, so that keeps things pretty simple. If you choose to use your name as the business name, you don’t have to do anything else. You can operate without registering and use your Social Security number for tax purposes. You also have the option to create a separate business name, which is known as a DBA (doing business as). If you go that route, you will need to file that business with your state’s department of commerce. We advise you talk to an accountant to get official advice.