Music Studio Startup: Helping music teachers thrive as entrepreneurs
By Andrea Miller
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The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
||CleanBrief Podcast Break||I have to take a quick break from the podcast to move Music Studio Startup HQ (and the rest of my life) from Maryland to Missouri! If you haven’t heard the earliest episodes the podcast, now is a good time to catch up. If you want to read about the...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020 - Cindy Hsu on Concert Production and Developing an Audience||Cindy Hsu is from a slightly different category of entrepreneur than my usual guests, but she has such a great sense of hustle and so many insights to share on building an audience. I know I picked up some gems to apply to my business endeavors! Full...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019 - Andrea "Fluter Scooter" Fisher on Starting a Woodwind Bag Company||A lot of entrepreneurial stories have meandering starts, often with setbacks and challenges that test a founder’s dedication and perseverance as much as the business idea itself. Today’s guest has one of those stories, but she stuck it out and...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 - Molly Marshall on Instagram Marketing for Local Music Studios||Last week we heard from Jolene Madewell, who used Instagram and other social media to build her online flute studio, so I thought talking to a full-time digital marketer would be a great follow-up. Today I’m talking to Molly Marshall about how local..||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 - Jolene Madewell on Building a Skype Flute Studio||Lots of teachers transition in-person students to Skype students out of necessity when someone has to move, but today I’m talking to a flute teacher who has done the opposite. When Jolene’s local studio wasn’t gaining traction, she decided to...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 - Lance LaDuke on Building a Portfolio Career as a Musician||Today Lance LaDuke of Carnegie Mellon University shares the story of his winding career and how he created his dream job encouraging and mentoring music students who want to pursue entrepreneurial ideas. Full show notes available...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 - Joel Pierson on Branding and Business Models for Music Book Publishing||Dr. Joel Pierson, founder of Sadsap Music and creator of the “You Suck at Piano” series, gives us an honest, behind-the-scenes look at how he raised $85,000 in his first Kickstarter campaign. Joel tells us about the thought process behind setting...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 - Attorney Shawn Bartley on How to Protect Your Studio, Get Paid, and Keep What You Earn||Shawn Bartley is a business lawyer in Maryland. In our discussion, he shares practical steps we can take to protect our music studios, collect payment, and minimize our tax burden. We discuss what to include in teacher and student contracts, what...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 - Ashley Danyew on Creating and Marketing Online Courses||Ashley’s own journey as a church musician led her to start a blog and create resources for others who have found themselves in similar roles. Last year she began to monetize her blog by creating and launching two online courses. In our conversation,..||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 - Andrea Yahr on Business Structures and Their Tax Implications||Andrea Yahr, accountant and tax preparer, explains the different business structures (sole-proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp) music teachers can choose from, and when different structures might make sense. She also clear up some often misunderstood...||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 - Aaron Garner of Piano Marvel on Starting a Software Company When You’re Not a Developer||Aaron Garner is a piano teacher and champion for innovation in music education. Like other teachers I’ve interviewed, Aaron’s business idea came from an inefficiency he noticed in his piano studio. The solution he came up with led him to raise...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 - Joanne Haroutounian of MusicLink on Giving Back and Running a Non-Profit||Joanne Haroutounian is a piano pedagogy professor at George Mason University and founder of MusicLink Foundation, a non-profit organization which creates opportunities for eager students to participate in music lessons, despite financial...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 - Sean Murphy on Managing an In-School Studio of 100+ Students||Sean Murphy is a saxophone teacher who managed to teach 112 students on a weekly basis by teaching in schools, during the school hours. In our interview, Sean shares his scheduling strategies, communication tips, and how he keeps his income up in...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 - Scott Stratton on Retirement Planning for Self-Employed Musicians||Scott Stratton, a financial advisor, tells us about retirements options available to self-employed musicians. Full show notes available at musicstudiostartup.com/episode008/||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 - Tara O'Brien on Manufacturing and Marketing a New Teaching Tool||Tara O'Brien tells us the story of how developed and brought to market a tool called Note Match, to help her students learn to read music. Full show notes at musicstudiostartup.com/episode007||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 - Wendy Racer on Designing a Studio for Profit||Wendy Racer is an interior designer and the owner of Way Interiors. In this episode, she shares her five profit-boosting interior design tips for music teachers and studio owners! Full show notes available at musicstudiostartup.com/episode006||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 - Emilee-Mae Feely on Starting a Traveling Piano School||Emilee-Mae Feely, owner of Plume Piano School shares the challenges and successes of starting her traveling piano school. Show notes at musicstudiostartup.com/episode005||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 - Shannah Compton Game on Five Money Tips for Self-Employed Musicians||Managing money can be a complicated topic for self-employed music teachers. Shannah Compton Game, a certified financial planner, shares her tips to help self-employed musicians make smart money moves. https://www.musicstudiostartup.com/episode004||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 - Regina Ngo on Teacher Development and Accelerated Learning Program||Regina Ngo is the owner of Regina’s Music Studio in South Pasadena, California. In our interview, Regina shares how she went from teaching at a music school to to travel teaching to teaching from her home, to eventually opening a multi-teacher...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 - Heather Aiolupotea on Health Insurance for Self-Employed Music Teachers||Heather clears the mystery around health insurance for self-employed music teachers and gives some helpful advice on first steps to take.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 - Tasha Locke on Building a Studio FAST Without a Personal Network||Tasha Locke of Arpeggio Music School shares how she used Google AdWords to launch her studio in a new city. With this strategy, she was able to fill her piano studio (and start a waiting list) in less than two years.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000 - Welcome and Intro||Music Studio Startup is a podcast all about the business of teaching music. Here's what you can expect from future episodes! Want more resources? Check out MusicStudioStartup.com||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The Music Studio Startup has topics that are of interest to teachers running their own studios or those thinking about it. The wide variety of people Andrea interviews keeps each program interesting. Andrea asks just the questions you would ask. And the show notes are helpful for a good resource. I’ve appreciated all the podcasts on Music Studio Startup.
Insightful and Actually Interesting
I think a lot of podcasts have this thing where they take an idea that has already been hashed out many times and try to spin it as “new” information, updated with the sensationalist words of that week. This is definitely NOT one of those podcasts. Already in the first few episodes, Andrea has brought up topics that we as music business owners might forget to consider, and she actually asks the “real” questions that help teachers and business owners to take their craft and business to the next level. I’ve recommended this podcast already to all of my colleagues. Well worth the listen.
Relevant and Beneficial!
I listen to a lot of podcasts about business and about music education. This one is the best of both worlds, helping music teachers like me learn new ways to run my studio!