Running a Successful Music Teaching Business

Avoid the mistakes and learn what matters from a Music School expert Running a successful music studio or school involves not only the skills and planning of an inspiring teacher, but also administrative and financial skills, and other business knowledge for which many music teachers are unprepared. This presentation takes teachers through a step-by-step checklist…

Step by Step guide to Hiring music teachers

All you need to know when recruiting music teachers A Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring Music Teachers Presented by Wendy Brentnall for ASME Victoria Date: Wednesday 4 August Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 2021 This webinar will detail the various steps to assist Music School Owners or Managers in determining who is a good fit for their…

Flashcard Games for Music Teachers

101 ways to help students read music notation Are you looking for fun ways to help your beginners learn to read music notation? Todays students love games, online or offline, and using flashcards to reinforce, review or begin to read music notation can turn your classroom into a competitive arena or your individual student into…

Rhys Lett

“Invest in you first. If we’re talking about well-being in a person, invest in you first. And as you said earlier, your cup will be full to pass around and to give off to others.” Rhys is the director/owner of the Eastern Suburbs School of Music in Boronia and Carrum Downs, suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.…

James Manwaring

“So I think part of that is finding your own inspiration and working of what inspires you and sometimes music teachers are so good about remembering what they love…” James Manwaring is the Director of Music for Windsor Learning Partnership. He is also currently working as a Choral Director for Glee Club UK and a…

Mat Creedon

“But having said that, I actually have found that being more present, I carry less stress and so a tremendous amount of energy and vitality has come into my life.” Mat Creedon is a multi-Instrumental Teacher @ Mat Creedon School of Music. He has been teaching music for 30 years now. He also has a…

Justin Wong

“The first few years, the first 3 to 5 years is building, experimenting, and failing. It’s a marathon not a sprint.” Justin Wong Justin Wong is a guitar teacher, teaching music for 6 years and the founder of Leaders of Rock – a music school for aspiring performers of contemporary pop and rock music based…

Wendy Brentnall-Wood

“And if you are struggling in some capacity, you’re often not the best person to say the clear way through. You often need someone who’s outside of the actual problem to be able to look inside and go “Well, hang on. Here’s an alternative that you may not have thought off.” Wendy Brentnall-Wood Wendy Brentnall-Wood…

What is Music Teacher Wellbeing?

“For me, the word balance is the important thing… also getting the right mindset so that my spirit can enjoy the simple things, making sure that I’m feeling calm and grateful for all the small things as well.” What is Music Teacher Wellbeing? In these trying times, it’s even more important for music teachers to…

Music School Mistakes- A learning opportunity

I am really really excited to share after a long wait this episode 6 of the Australian Government’s new podcast series called “Bouncing Back”. I was privileged to be featured as a Music Education Disrupter!!!! With 40 years running Wendy’s Music and using a variety of business models I admit to making many mistakes along…

Reopening your music studio since COVID lockdown.

All over the world COVID19 has Music Teachers in schools, homes and studios being forced to close their teaching space and move lessons online for health reasons. In some parts of the world, lockdown is over or nearly over and some music lessons are returning to “face to face” delivery. I’ve been asked by numerous…

Grow Your Music School Webinar

Want your own music school? Would you like to be able to plan how to grow your music school or music teaching business from whatever level you are at now to employing teachers, operating multiple locations and more? Where do you start and how do you get started building your own Music Teaching Business? Right…

7 Easy Steps to your Dream Music School

Register and listen to Wendy’s Webinar where she outlines the steps to achieve your goals. Based on Wendy’s experience building 4 Retail Music Studios, a Franchise system, over 30 Primary school programs, authoring “Music Teaching Made Profitable” and over 110 Music Teaching Books and now an online Teaching Service! The 7 Easy Steps to Build…

Making Music Relevant to Students Lives

Making Music Relevant to Students Lives Money, Logistics and Enjoyment must be high on the list.   Most people have a limited supply of money to live and therefore how they use it is important to them. Priorities in their life will change and therefore what they feel is valuable enough to spend their money…

Your Music School Evolution to Growth.

Your Music School Evolution to Growth Have you noticed that everything in life has phases? As humans for example we are classed as Babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults, seniors. Plants go through similar growth and development from seedlings to saplings to immature and mature plants. Businesses also go through different phases of development, regardless of…

An ANZCA Musical Legend – June McLean

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a whole new venture ….such as a Music Exam Institution?   What would make you consider doing something as massive as that?   June McLean has long been congratulated on her amazing effort with her sister and others, forming and growing what is now an international…

Career Choice and Musical Impact – How do you decide?

Career Choice and Musical Impact – How do you decide? Nicole Ng is in her final year at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music of her Bachelor degree with a view to doing Honours and then Masters as post grad studies and has been through some uncertainty deciding on which career path will suit her best and…

12 Teaching Tips from Tracey – School & Studio Piano Teacher.

12 Teaching Tips from Tracey – School & Studio Piano Teacher. Starting out as a teacher involves more than just knowing your subject. So starting out as an instrumental music teacher means more than just being good at playing your instrument!   Teaching Music as we know can be done in a variety of formats,…

What is a Music Mission Teacher?

What is a Music Mission Teacher? Making Music used to be a part of everyday life with Singalongs around the family piano, family and friends jam sessions, informal living room concerts, singing around the campfire during holidays, and buskers at your local shops. Nowadays technology has changed the way people connect and not always in…

Teaching Music in a Rural Area – Melanie’s Story

Are you interested in Teaching Music in a Rural Area? If you are struggling to get enough teaching in the city in which you live, you may consider moving to a Rural setting where there may be a greater demand for your services. In addition you will potentially also have the benefits of living in…

How Alla created her dream Music School in 12 months!

How Alla created her dream Music School in 12 months! Alla Guberman created “Alla’s Music” in East Bentleigh, Melbourne in February 2012. She started by teaching from home by herself, then she was joined in her school by a violin and guitar teacher who also taught from her home, but only for a VERY short…

Health and Other Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

There are a lot of different reasons that children and adults decide to learn music, just like there are a lot of different instruments and styles of music they can learn!   Most people who start learning to play an instrument are doing it for their love of music and the fun of doing it.…

Between Japanese and Australian Piano Teachers

Do Japanese and Australian Piano Teachers have much in common? I was lucky enough recently to visit Japan on holiday with my daughter and husband. Whilst there I managed to connect and interview Hiroko Arai, a Piano Teacher based in Tokyo with her interpreter, Makiko Akimoto. My family and I were privileged to attend a…

A NON musician running a Music School ?

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…

7 Top Tips to Retaining Your Music Students

Apparently it costs anywhere from 5 to 25 times MORE to get a new customer than it does to keeping a current customer.   This applies to any business including Teaching Music.   Can you imagine if every student you ever taught, kept learning for …… 10 years???   Or if they all stayed for…

The Secrets of an Efficient & Profitable Music School

The Secrets of an Efficient & Profitable Music School Webinar Watch the webinar video replay  “Secrets” f or  more detail than this blog can achieve. This session is for private instrumental music & singing studio teachers music teachers who are self-employed music school owners or managers who want to improve and grow their business The…

Top 10 Reasons for Joining a Mastermind Group

  A Mastermind Group is a group of people who gather together who have similar interests, activities, or goals in mind. Napoleon Hill was said to have started this term although the idea has been circulating even earlier. For us music teachers, it can be very helpful to be a part of the same kind…

Products That You Can Upsell as A Music Teacher

In your Music School, studio or business,  you can actually upsell like they do in the wrold famous hamburger franchises McDonald’s. What is an “Upsell”? Its when you ask /provide current customers with an additional product or service for an extra fee. In this way you can earn additional income and your students will even find…

Financial Software to Run Your Business

  There are three ways you can manage the financial flow of your Music School or Studio- manually using books of accounts, using spreadsheets, or software or app. You may want to get a bookkeeper and accountant if you are not familiar with how to record your business cashflow, especially if your income is already…

Marketing Apps for Your Music School

Marketing means getting the word out so your potential students can find you. In today’s digital age, you can choose from a lot of paid or free marketing apps to especially reach out to your millennial students. You may have noticed, millennials spend a lot of their time in front of their mobile phones, tablets,…

Setting-up Music School Lesson Policies

If you are planning to start a Music School, you will soon find the need to set-up lesson policies for organization and for general rules for your students. The aim is to be clear and consistent in what will work for you and your school , to enable you to provide the highest quality of service…

Musician to Music Teachers Webinar

In the Musician to Music Teachers Webinar, which is a free webinar, Wendy is helping anyone starting out as a Studio Music Teacher learn: Why they might want to be a teacher Who can become a teacher What choices you should make before starting to set up as a teacher How to be successful Lessons…

Preparing Students for Exams

As music teachers, we want our students not just to learn their pieces but also to perform and pass if not ace their exams! Preparing students for exams is actually an added service that we as teachers can give, if we know how. To tell you more about adding value to your music teaching business,…

Top 5 Places to Find New Students for Your Music School

When we are starting a Music School we all get hyped up for this new experience expanding our love for music. But wait, where will I exactly find new students, you may ask? If you already have an existing music school but want to grow your students, and tried many different techniques already, you may want…

Interview with Stephen Brown 2015

The best advice you were ever given: Interview of Wendy Brentnall-Wood What is your official title? Founder and Director of Wendy’s Music and Wendy’s Music Franchising Pty Ltd, ANZCA Examiner, 2015 What project will you be working on in three months from today? I will be developing the online content and delivery of my unique…

What makes you a unique teacher – interview of Wendy by Andrew Ingkavet 2015

What do you think makes you unique as a teacher? Writing my own teaching program is something that not many teacher get around to doing and mine covers currently 6 instruments with more underway. What frustrated me early in my teaching career, was firstly the number of children or adults I saw who wanted to…

Teaching Music in the Youtube generation.

The Challenge of teaching music in the YouTube generation. Do you know anyone that doesn’t know about YouTube? I’m pretty sure that most people who use a computer, tablet or smart phone these days know about the value that YouTube gives as a source of free information via video. Around 6 Billion hours of video…

MSSTV Episode 14 Putting the Legal Hat on!

In this week’s episode of MSSTV, we talk about the wearing the legal hat for your business. You can watch the video over at MSSTV Episode 14.   You need not be an expert in all legal aspects of your business but you need to be aware with laws governing your finance division, HR division, and…

MSSTV Episode 13 Intellectual Property for Music Schools

In this episode 13 of Music School Success TV, Wendy explains the basics of what is considered Intellectual Property for Music Schools or Music Teaching Business and how to protect it. Watch the video here! If you are familiar with the registered trademark symbols on famous brands, that falls under intellectual property rights. See the…

MSSTV Episode 12 – Show me the Money! Managing the Finances

Show me the Money! Managing the Financial part of your Music School or Studio No matter the size of your Music School or Studio, it is important to keep your eyes on what is happening in financial terms. Big companies have a dedicated financial manager, but music studio owners need to be a “jack of…

MSSTV Episode 11 Overview of 8 Business Divisions

In episode 11 of our Music School Success TV (MSSTV), we give you an overview of the 8 business divisions that a music school must have to “plan to succeed.” Click on the link above to watch the full video.   The 8 divisions of your teaching business includes: Finance – it’s all about the…

MSSTV Episode 10 Level 9 icon

INTRO – IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The ICON” is on the 9th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 9 Level 8 -The Virtuoso

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The VIRTUOSO” is on the 8th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 8 Level 7 -The Director

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The DIRECTOR” is on the 7th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 7 Level 6 -The Manager

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The MANAGER” is on the 6th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 6 Level 5 -The Principal

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The PRINCIPAL” is on the 5th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 5 Level 4 -The leading person

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The LEADING MAN/LADY” is on the 4th level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 4 level 3 – The One person show

INTRO – IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The ONE PERSON SHOW” is on the 3rd level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 3 level 2 -The chorus line

IN this episode of Wendy’s Music School Success TV we explore WHO “The CHORUS LINE MEMBER” is on the 2nd level of the Music School Success ladder and what their main characteristics are.

MSSTV Episode 2 Level 1 – The Roadie

Music School Success TV Episode 2 – The Roadie Level 1 of the Music School Success it the Roadie level. Who is the Roadie? What are the characteristics of being at this level and the issues you deal with before you can climb the ladder to Music School Success? If you feel the need for…

MSSTV Episode 1 -What Goalposts do you have for your Music School Business?

What level of the Music teacher’s Ladder are you now?
What level do you want to be?
In this episode Wendy discusses how knowing your starting “level” and your goal “level” helps you set the goalposts firmly and achieve your Music Teaching Career and Business Goals.

MSSTV Introducing Wendy’s Music Teacher TV

Introducing Wendy Brentnall-Wood and her Music Teacher TV Learn tips and strategies of how to start or grow your music teaching income from someone who has already done it for years! If you feel the need for assistance, let me personally mentor you in my coaching sessions so that you avoid the trial and error cycle that usually…

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