The Missing Elements Needed For Your Guitar Teaching Success
By Tom HessDo you wonder why you can’t seem to achieve success in your guitar teaching business? In order to succeed in this business, you will need to do much more than the average guitar teacher. Consider the Olympics: in the Olympics, most athletes have similar physical attributes, yet only a few of them (who seem to possess ‘something extra’) are able to win medals while everyone else goes home empty-handed.
Truth is, teaching guitar in your local community is not so different from this. There are tons of guitar teachers around the globe, but only a tiny fraction of them build successful businesses and get significant results for their students. Everyone else tries to become successful but fails to achieve any significant results. Personally, I have experience in both scenarios. Over twenty five years ago I struggled to earn money as a guitar teacher before going on to become the world’s top guitar teacher and trainer of many excellent guitar teachers.
Most guitar teachers who are struggling in their businesses think that successful teachers simply ‘know more’ about music or guitar instruction. There is ‘some’ truth to this, however, these things are NOT the greatest factors for why some people are able to build highly successful guitar teaching businesses why others don’t know how to help their students get big results and end up working full time day jobs just to get by. Over the years I discovered that the main factor for becoming the most successful guitar teacher in your local area is related to that which makes up the foundation of your teaching business (not simply ‘how you teach guitar’).
Of course, it should be understood that you always need to work on becoming a better guitar teacher by improving your teaching methods. The real difference between highly successful guitar teachers and mediocre ones is this: Those who are unable to succeed at a high level spend most of their time working on the everyday tasks of ‘teaching lessons’, while the most successful spend their time working on their business (not just ‘in’ it). So just like two Olympic athletes, they can both compete in an event and have almost identical ability – only to end up with drastically different results in terms of their success.
The elements that build the foundation for all successful guitar teaching businesses include developing a unique niche, building effective referral systems, enforcing a solid teaching policy, understanding the process behind ‘consistently’ getting new ‘serious’ students, forging win/win partnerships and much more (learn more of these elements by studying this free guitar teaching business eBook). The bottom line is most guitar instructors either completely ignore these things or don’t work hard enough on them to build their business and become the number one teacher in their area.
If you can identify with this, I've got good news for you:
1. ‘It’s not as hard as you might think’ to alter your current methods for running your guitar teaching business. It simply takes dedication to get things going (while the work itself is not very difficult). Whenever I train a new guitar teacher to become more successful, he/she is shocked to learn that the steps to take for thriving as a guitar teacher are very easy to follow.
2. The benefits you will get from doing this will be HUGE, both for developing your guitar teaching business AND helping your students.
This is how building a strong foundation for your guitar teaching business will help you ‘break through’ and achieve success that is far beyond what most will ever experience:
Your Students Are Going To Take Lessons With You Longer
Once you are able to attract serious guitar students, you will also be able to keep your students taking lessons for longer periods of time. The reasons why this happens are a) serious students are more likely to study longer with you and b) finding creative ways to inspire your students to keep studying with you is a critical aspect of building a successful guitar teaching business in the long term.
Your Guitar Students Will Tell All Their Friends To Take Lessons With You
One of the perks that comes along with having serious guitar students is the increased amount of referrals you will get compared to the amount you will get from ‘regular’ students. Chances are, your most serious students already know several other guitar players who are also serious about improving (and will be interested in working with someone who can help them get better). Once they find out that their friends are taking lessons with you, you will instantly be put on the top of their list when it comes to choosing a local guitar teacher to work with.
You Will Make MUCH More Money Teaching Guitar
When you start thinking of guitar teaching as a ‘business’ and invest time into developing the foundation that is required to run it effectively, it’s very likely you’ll be able to make a lot of money (100k+) while working relatively few hours in a week. However, before you can do this, you must do the things that most teachers don’t do. Learn more about this by reading this free resource on how to make more money teaching guitar.
You Will Naturally Begin Taking In More Of The ‘Right’ Students
Any guitar teacher would prefer to work with serious, highly dedicated students who practice often, respect lesson policies and make the fastest progress. These kinds of students are fun to work with, but most guitar teachers are clueless when it comes to attracting them. In order to get these students to work with you, you must first create an environment that is optimal for these students to work in. Working on the elements above will help you do this.
You Will Help Your Students Get MASSIVE Results In Less Time
Here is why this will happen:
1. As discussed above, when you work hard to develop a strong foundation for your guitar teaching business, you will naturally attract more serious clients. These people will have a much higher level of motivation to get better on guitar and closely follow your instructions for doing so. This means they will get better at a much faster rate than other guitar students. As a result, all your other students will (usually unconsciously) become inspired to get better so they can reach the same level as your serious students. By applying what you learn from this article to develop your guitar teaching business, you will inspire all your students to get better results.
2. Once you begin expanding your guitar teaching business and start making a good income, you will find it much easier to help your students improve their skills in new and creative ways that you would never be able to do if you weren’t making much money from teaching (like the majority of guitar teachers).
Now that you are aware of the difference between the guitar teachers who have great success and the ones who struggle, you must decide which group you want to associate yourself with. If you are ready to take the next step and become a serious, highly successful guitar teacher, this is what you must do:
1. Start learning how to build a profitable guitar teaching business by reading this free resource about how to make more money teaching guitar.
2. Arrange time every week to work on building your guitar teaching business as a whole rather than investing all your time into merely preparing lessons, thinking about what to teach the students coming in today, etc.
3. Take the same path as successful Olympic athletes: find an experienced trainer who helps other guitar teachers achieve the greatest success possible in their local areas and who will show exactly how to do this for yourself. Your trainer will not simply tell you what needs to be done, but will hold you accountable for completing all the necessary steps for building a successful teaching business.
When you follow the steps above you will put yourself on a whole new level above all the local teachers in your area and achieve more success in your teaching business than ever before.
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About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar teacher, composer and guitarist. He also trains guitar teachers how to improve their guitar teaching methods. Visit his website, tomhess.net to read more articles about guitar teaching, get free guitar teacher skill assessments and guitar teaching tips.