A NON musician running a Music School ?

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Can a Music School be run successfully by a NON musician?

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 Carringbah, 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.

Wendy and Jonathan discuss software he currently uses such as

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


Find out what was the attraction of buying an established Music School for a non musical engineer and his wife?


What are the challenges and then FUN parts of running a large music school?


His philosophy is that all learning should be driven by the need to enable the students to enjoy music.

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Hear Jonathan’s 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.

The importance of educating parents and teachers to assist in the process of learning AND helping retain students with realistic expectations.


Jonathan gives wise advice for whether you should start 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 has addressed the issue of cash flow and student term fees with monthly membership, enabling improved learning consistency


Plans for the future include how to use gamification in learning music with Teacher Zone……watch this space for an update!


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


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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.


Wendy Brentnall-Wood

(Founder of Wendy’s Music)