For teachers striking out on your own: how to set up a teaching practice

Designed for drum and percussion teachers, but applies to teachers of all instruments.

I’ll provide you with a soup to nuts guide on how to set up a successful and smooth running teaching practice, with lists and advice on what you need to get started. This includes:

  • Determining the scope of your dreams, then defining initial and long term goals.
  • Initial space considerations. One studio or more? Do you need recital space? How large is large enough?
  • Renting space, if necessary. Dealing successfully with landlords and neighbors.
  • Equipment requirements. Drum sets? Keyboard percussion? Hand percussion? Piano? Music stands, sound equipment.
  • Liability and equipment insurance, and security issues
  • Setting and collecting tuition and related fees. Weekly? Monthly? Yearly?
  • Establishing cancellation and other policies.
  • Marketing your practice — getting your name established, interacting with your community
  • Determining your budget. How much do you need to start up, and how will you acquire it?
  • Defining your offerings (private lessons, ensembles, different classes, guest artists, etc.)
  • Producing recitals and concerts
  • Additional offerings such as products or community outreach activities
  • Eventual expansion. Other teachers, more space? Employing vs hiring contractors.

Recommended time: initial 15 minute intake interview, followed by ongoing sessions. Length to be agreed upon based on the scope of your plan

Here’s how to book Rob for a lesson or session:

  1. Email or call Rob at 802 247-2700 to schedule your session(s).
  2. Pay below.
  3. Enjoy your session(s) with Rob!

When you contact Rob, you’ll work out one primary and two alternative days and times. If for any reason Rob is not able to meet at any of the agreed upon times, and both parties are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be given. Students/Clients agree to give three days notice by phone and email in order to cancel and/or reschedule a session. All payments are final unless you are not satisfied, in which case your money will be refunded.


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