If you love music and you know how to play the piano, this will be a great business to start. There is low cost involved to start. Many people, who play piano, usually have a piano. If you don’t, you can rent out a space in a music store and use their pianos for the time being. If you are teaching from your own home, be sure to include a free space that has no traffic or interruptions. There will be a few supplies you will need to get started.
The supplies you will need for a piano business is first and foremost, a piano. One piano is good if you are going to teach single students. If you plan to have a group lesson, you should have at least three pianos to start. There are many pianos out there for affordable prices. I myself own a Wurlitzer upright. Electronic keyboards will do the trick as well. For more information on purchasing excellent quality used pianos, visit www.nyc-pianos.com. For information about electronic keyboards, go to www.bestbuy.com or www.casio.com.
Other supplies you will need are music flash cards, metronome or metronomes, piano key chart, sheet music, business supplies and office equipment such as a computer and printer. As I continue to say, you will need to treat your craft as a business if you want it to become successful. See what licenses and registrations you may need for your piano business and do it. Purchase insurance as well. Make sure to draw up contracts with your lesson dates, rates, and rules pertaining to scheduled appointments. For more information on what business forms you may need, please visit www.sba.gov or www.legalzoom.com for more information.
To build respect and credibility, you should look into the matter of becoming certified in the teaching of piano. This will let your present and future students and parents, know about your professionalism, seriousness and knowledge of this instrument. There are many organizations out there that offer this type of credential; one is the Music Teachers National Association or MTNA. Find out requirements by visiting their site at www.mtna.org.
Create flyers and business cards. On the flyers, make your information stand out by offering one time free classes or discounted rates for signing up within a specific time period. Make sure to include the days and hours, age groups and advancement levels you will be teaching and start up rates for each. Of course, don’t forget to include contact information. You don’t have to have music lessons in your home; you can also go to their homes as well. Include travel time, gas and mileage in price. For affordable marketing materials, visit www.vistaprint.com.
If traveling is not an option, you can also have an online piano teaching business. The best place for instructional videos is www.youtube.com. Check them out to find out information on how to start your own online tutorial or channel. If you are interested in taking online piano lessons yourself, check out Jermaine Griggs at www.hearandplay.com or the gentleman in attached video Josh Wright at http://joshwrightpiano.com for rates, classes and/or promotions.
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