The Start Teaching Guitar Podcast
By Donnie Schexnayder
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The Start Teaching Guitar podcast is your one-stop resource for learning how to be a successful guitar teacher. Focusing on both the teaching and the business aspects of offering guitar lessons, STG will teach you how to you attract more new students, keep your existing students from quitting and get paid what you're really worth.
||STG 140: G4 Guitar Network – Interview With David Hart||David Hart has become a friend of mine in recent months, and we meet together via Skype on a regular basis. David has been teaching guitar in Australia since the early 1990’s and he grew a large music school with multiple locations that increased b||10/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 136: Beginning Guitar Teacher Questions Answered||There are lots of guitar players out there who would love to turn their love of music into a source of income, and maybe even do music as a career some day. Teaching is one of the more rewarding and more lucrative ways to have a career in music,||9/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 132: Busting Some Common Myths About Teaching Guitar – Part 1||There are lots of common myths about teaching guitar lessons floating around out there. They sound logical, so most people who’ve never experienced anything different just accept them at face value and operate their teaching studios accordingly.||8/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 128: Cracking The Code – Interview With Troy Grady||Troy Grady has spent years researching, studying and unraveling the secrets of the world’s fastest professional guitar players and has recently created and released an amazing video series called “Cracking The Code”. In it,||7/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 124: Guitar Advice From The Pros, Volume 1||I recently discovered a great podcast called The Guitar Channel, hosted by Pierre Journel. He has hundreds of episodes of his show, mostly containing interviews with famous guitar players including Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather,||7/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 120: 5 Must-Have Mobile Apps For Teaching Guitar||Mobile devices are one of the coolest innovations of the 21st century. Never before in the history of the world have we had so much power and access to so much information in our back pockets. Now you can run your entire teaching studio,||6/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 116: 5 Methods For Mastering Money In Your Guitar Teaching Studio||Many guitar teachers have a love/hate relationship with money. It’s awesome to get paid for doing something you love, but it’s no fun working hard doing something you love and not getting paid what you should be.||5/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 112: Growing Your Teaching Studio $5 At A Time||There are a lot of cool websites out there, but the coolest site for small business owners has got to be fiverr.com. There’s no place else on earth where you can get almost anything done that you could imagine and only have to pay $5 for it.||4/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 108: How NOT To Teach Guitar Lessons||I’ve done lots of podcast episodes about how to become a better guitar teacher; today I want to take a look at this from a different angle and talk about how NOT to teach guitar lessons. There are tons of teachers out there doing it WRONG!||3/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||STG 104: 7 Guitar Teaching Excuses I Never Want To Hear Again||If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into teaching guitar lessons but you haven’t found the motivation to actually get started, then this episode is for you. There are lots of excuses we’ve all made at one time or another for staying||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
So far, so good
I'm a guitar teacher and I found my way to this podcast because both Donnie and I belong to the same LinkedIn Guitar Teaching Discussion Group. Since I'm already teaching, I skipped head to Episode 2, How to Attract New Guitar Students. If you're considering teaching guitar lessons, I recommend listening to this podcast. Donnie is insightful, but not stand-off-ish, speaks clearly and seems genuinely interested in helping people out. Plus, in this increasingly negative world we live in, it's nice just to hear encouraging words that "you can do it." As teachers, that's what we're constantly telling our students. But we need to hear it ourselves once and a while too. I'm looking forward to hearing what else Donnie has to share. Cheers!
Good Business Tips
I Like Donnie's approach. He has a relaxed flow in his podcasts, but they also have plenty of good tips and ideas. I especially enjoy hearing his thoughts about marketing. It's so easy for musicians to get caught up in their "art", and forget that they must also have a strong focus in constantly promoting their business. Donnie provides a variety of ideas you can take action on. Good stuff!
I LOVE this podcast!
There are some amazing ideas here, teaching you how to start up and maintain a successful business instructing students how to play guitar. It is really well thought out and easy to follow. If you are at all interested in starting a music based business, this IS the podcast for you!