A NON musician running a Music School ?

In this interview you can learn from Jonathan how as a non musician he has managed to take over and operate a thriving Music School in Caringbah, Sydney, Australia and not just survive but thrive for more than 5 years!

Lessons including Individual lessons for numerous instruments and a Rock Band program and Concerts to keep students motivated. Learn 2 Play Music is a Retail Music School with a shop front and multiple teaching rooms.
Jonathan discusses how they are growing their Retail department of music equipment, instruments and Books online and in store.

Software Applications

  • Musipos for Retail
  • MYOB for accounting
  • Excel and MYOB Retail Manager for student accounts


  • Staff includes part time retail staff
  • Accounting staff and around 20 teachers

Running a Music School

In this interview find out what was attracted a non musical Engineer and his wife to buy an established Music School.
What are the challenges and then FUN parts of running a large music school?

Jonathans philosophy is that all learning should be driven by the need to enable the students to enjoy music. Hear his wise advice learnt from years of experience as a father and business owner about what to consider going into or growing a Retail Music School.

He discusses the importance of educating parents and teachers to assist in the process of learning AND helping retain students with realistic expectations. As well as giving advice on starting a Music School, and what to consider to grow your music school. The value of understanding the costs financial and other, having a business plan, the reason for doing it in the first place, what to call yourself, location and more.

Discover how Jonathan addresses the issue of cash flow and student term fees with monthly membership, enabling improved learning consistency.

What are the plans for the future? How will he use gamification to learn music with Teacher Zone……watch this space for an update!

Watch while Jonathan takes us on a tour of his new custom designed building..


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Wendy Brentnall-Wood

Wendy Brentnall-Wood

I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring people to begin to experience the heart filling joy of making music in a simple, easy and systematic way, enabling them to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.


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