You can very easily earn six figures per year teaching guitar once you understand how. The first step is to forget about the economy, how big your city is, how many other teachers are out there, or anything else like that. Instead, you must learn from the mistakes of others and apply what you learn into your guitar teaching business.
The following are 5 critical reasons why so many guitar teachers do not earn tons of money, and how you can learn from the misunderstandings they have and accomplish total financial freedom as a guitar teacher:
Guitar Teacher Failure Reason #1: Teaching Guitar Lessons To Flaky / Problem Guitar Students
Don’t buy into this terrible guitar teaching myth:
“You have no choice. You just have to deal with teaching problem students”
Problem students are students who consistently arrive late (or not at all) for their lessons, don’t pay on time or haggle with you on your rates, don’t practice the things you show them, try to tell YOU how you should be teaching and are usually just a complete pain in the ass to deal with.
In reality, it’s not at all necessary to teach these types of guitar students... and guitar teachers who achieve great success never do. Why? The following are just a few examples of how such problem students will eventually run your guitar teaching business into the ground:
*Problem students who step all over you by coming to lessons late, not showing up, asking to pay late, etc. – they gain control over you and your power to earn tons of money teaching guitar. Additionally, when you spend a lot of your time with these kinds of students, you are actually missing out on time you could be using to work with serious students who actually want to learn.
*Your teaching schedule will dwindle and dwindle until you no longer have any students left. Problem students almost never stay for longer than a month at most, forcing you to constantly scramble just to replace them and break even.
*These problem students never make significant progress. As a result, they quickly leave lessons and tell everyone that you are simply a “bad teacher.”
What to do about this: the best way to eliminate problem students from your teaching schedule is to employ a strict lesson policy. It must be abundantly clear that you are only looking for dedicated and self-motivated guitar students who want to get huge results in their playing. Tell this to all of your students up from and they will work even harder... becoming better guitarists faster. Then enforce your policy in all circumstances with zero exceptions.
This action will keep away the bad students and will attract the truly serious ones like a magnet. Truth is, serious guitar students are constantly on the lookout for a serious and dedicated guitar teacher who isn’t just accepting anyone for lessons, but actively seeks out people who really want to learn.
Few guitar teachers have the guts to implement such a lesson policy with their students. However, for those who do they always have the best, most dedicated, most high-skilled and satisfied students…and always make a lot more money than everyone else.
Learn how to construct a basic, yet very effective lesson policy for your guitar teaching business in this free eBook about earning much more money as a guitar teacher.
Guitar Teacher Failure Reason #2: Copying Other Guitar Teachers
Most new guitar teachers don’t know how to effectively teach guitar or grow their businesses (due to not an effective guitar teacher trainer) Their only method for learning about guitar teaching is looking at what other people are doing and copying it. So, if this is your only way of learning, and you are learning from unsuccessful guitar teachers who barely make enough money to get by, what will be the result? That’s correct, you’ll at most get the exact same low results and eventually end up failing just like they do. You become just a copycat guitar teacher who offers the exact same rates, teaching methods, formats and approach as everyone else.
If you really want to make a lot of money teaching guitar, don’t copy the exact same methods as other local teachers. Rather, develop the best guitar teaching approaches and stand out from the other teachers in your area.
Here are a few ways to do this:
*Market yourself specifically as a niche guitar teacher. Choose a guitar style that you excel in and become the number one local guitar teacher for that style. Most guitar students are seeking someone to show them how to play a specific style, NOT general, cookie-cutter lessons.
*Stop marketing your lessons as “cheap” guitar lessons (or offering cheaper prices than the other local teachers) - offer the best results for your students then charge according to these results. Students want to become great guitarists... they care much less about the price compared to this.
*When you become known for giving the best results (vs. being a “cheaper” alternative of other local guitar teachers), both you and your guitar students win.
Work with an effective guitar teacher trainer to learn how to quickly transform your guitar students into killer players. By simply training with an expert to improve your guitar teaching, you will give yourself an excellent credential that other local teachers do not have. This credential will help your guitar students make faster progress, give you the opportunity to charge more and will set you apart from everyone else around.
Guitar Teacher Failure Reason #3: Ruining All Chances For Financial Growth By Using The Same Guitar Teaching Formats
You should never be merely seeking to “get more students”. Your goal as a guitar teaching business owner is to continually offer MORE value and get more results for your students (your current and future ones) while making significantly more money in the process.
The very few guitar teachers who make multiple 6-figures per year while teaching only part-time, use creative guitar teaching formats that help them to add massive value for their students. At the same time, they are also able to reduce the amount of hours they teach every week by half. Watch this video about how to build a guitar teaching business to get information on how you can do this yourself.
Now, here is what the top level guitar teachers NEVER do: they do NOT teach only in 1 to 1 formats all the time (this is what most guitar teachers do). Using this format exclusively simply will not get more results for your guitar students.
(How do I know THIS is how it is for top level guitar teachers? Well, I’ve trained nearly all of them.)
Guitar Teacher Failure Reason #4: Not Promoting Guitar Lessons During “Slow Seasons”
A lot of guitar teachers know that there are busy and slow seasons for getting new students. Many of these teachers advertise during the busier months of the year, but stop advertising when everything slows down.
Fact is, regardless of what month it is, there are always people seeking a guitar teacher, and the teachers who earn the most money are the ones who market themselves all year long. In order to make great money as a guitar teacher, you also need to INCREASE your promotional efforts throughout these slower months so you can get the students everyone else overlooks (read more about this in this article on how to keep your guitar students during the summer months).
Guitar Teacher Failure Reason #5: Not Being Aware Of Who Your True Competitors Are As You Work Towards Earning More Money Teaching Guitar
When it comes to being the most high-paid and successful guitar teacher in your city, who is the strongest competitor that stands in your way? If you think it’s “the other guitar teachers in my local area” or “online guitar teachers”, you are 100% mistaken. In reality, YOU are your one, true competitor! Without being aware of it, you are holding yourself back in so many ways - by having cheap pricing, a weak teaching model, NO business model, lackluster marketing, poor lesson policies, etc.
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Most guitar teachers never considered themselves to be business owners... They still think they are simply “guitar teachers”, because they are intimidated by the responsibility of building a “business” and committing to working with an effective guitar teacher trainer. This alone is a huge reason why most guitar teachers never make good money. It all comes from your own IRRATIONAL fears and doubts. Stop holding yourself back and invest into your future, so that you finally move beyond the fears that hold you down. After doing this, you'll finally start to see the path to earning a 6-figure income as a guitar teacher while working PART time hours AND getting GREAT results for your students.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar teacher, composer and guitarist. He also trains guitar teachers how to improve their guitar teaching methods. Visit his website, tomhess.net to read more articles about guitar teaching, get free guitar teacher skill assessments and guitar teaching tips.