100 episodes

The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.

Music Studio Startup: Helping music teachers thrive as entrepreneurs Andrea Miller

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    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.

    138 - Andrea Yahr on Tax Prep Tips and FAQs [REBROADCAST]

    138 - Andrea Yahr on Tax Prep Tips and FAQs [REBROADCAST]

    With the turn of the calendar, many of us are closing the fiscal years for our businesses and wrapping up our bookkeeping for the year in anticipation of the tax season ahead.
    I am a HUGE fan of a low-stress tax season and the way to accomplish that is to get started early and tackle one step at a time.
    Which is why I invited back to the podcast, Andrea Yahr, a certified tax preparer, to get us going.
    Andrea’s first appearance on the Music Studio Startup podcast was back in Episode 012 when she talked about Business Structures and Their Tax Implications.
    Today Andrea is back to talk about some tax basics for self-employed teachers, how to get a smooth start to the filing season (even if you feel behind already), and we also talk about some short and long-term strategies to consider to lower your overall tax bill.
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode138.
     
    MSS Studio Launch Grant Competition
    MSS Entrepreneurs Hub + Mastermind
    Music Studio Business Building 101
    Business Finance for Music Teachers
     

    • 36 min
    137 - Anna Showalter on Launching a New Studio and Winning the MSS Studio Launch Grant

    137 - Anna Showalter on Launching a New Studio and Winning the MSS Studio Launch Grant

    I mentioned before that we will, again, be holding our studio launch grant competition this year! This grant is to help new or new-ish independent teachers launch their studios. It’s one of my favorite things that we do and it’s been so neat to see the impact the grant has on getting these studios off to a strong start.
    Today I’m talking to our last MSS Studio Launch Grant competition winner, Anna Showalter. We talk about Anna’s studio, how she made use of the grant competition prize package, and also how she introduced some significant changes to her studio, including a 13% tuition increase and bi-weekly group lessons.
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode137.



    MSS Studio Launch Grant Competition
    MSS Entrepreneurs Hub + Mastermind
    Music Studio Business Building 101
    Business Finance for Music Teachers
     

    • 30 min
    136 - 2023 Q4 Recap with Amy Chaplin

    136 - 2023 Q4 Recap with Amy Chaplin

    It’s time for another quarterly check-in! Today I’m joined by Amy Chaplin, a fellow piano teacher and productivity nerd. Since it’s January, this review takes more of an annual review perspective as we look back on 2023 and look forward to 2024. 
    I was looking forward to this conversation with Amy because I wanted an excuse to talk about apps and tools for organizing all the things life throws at us and I knew Amy would have things to say about this. The conversation did not disappoint. We gush over all our tools for project management, task management, lesson notes, and writing. And we talk about some of the tools we discarded in 2023.
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode136.
     
    In case you didn't catch our other quarterly check-ins from earlier in the year, you can listen to them here: 
    2023.Q1 Winter: MSS Episode 112 – Amy Elmore on 3 Mindset Questions to Ask Before Setting Your New Year’s Resolutions
    2023.Q2 Spring New Harmony Podcast Episode 001B – Goal Setting Tips for Music Teachers: Part B
    2023.Q3 Summer: MSS Episode 129 – Podcast – Andrea Miller – 2023 Q3 Recap
     
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    • 40 min
    135 - Tony Parlapiano on popMATICS and a New Format for Online Teaching (Part 2)

    135 - Tony Parlapiano on popMATICS and a New Format for Online Teaching (Part 2)

    Today I’m sharing part two of a two-part episode with my guest, Tony Parlapiano.
    Teaching piano has taken many forms over the years for Tony. From being a travel piano teacher and teaching students homes, to teaching online during the pandemic and then sticking with it afterward, to the studio we’re going to hear about today, that more closely resembles a college program than your standard 1:1 or group lessons. 
    Over the summer, Tony was featured in our studio snapshot series. In that episode he alluded to his new online instruction model and I was very curious, but I knew it needed more time than we had then to really understand it, so that’s what we’re talking about in these episodes.
    In Part 1, we talked more about the pedagogical and practical structure of Tony’s program and today we’re getting into the marketing and business side of things. 
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode135.
     
    MSS Entrepreneurs Hub + Mastermind
    Music Studio Business Building 101
    Business Finance for Music Teachers

    • 35 min
    134 - Tony Parlapiano on popMATICS and a New Format for Online Teaching

    134 - Tony Parlapiano on popMATICS and a New Format for Online Teaching

    Today I’m sharing part one of a two-part episode with a guest you’ve heard from before.
    Teaching piano has taken many forms over the years for today’s guest, Tony Parlapiano. From being a travel piano teacher and teaching students homes, to teaching online during the pandemic and then sticking with it afterward, to the studio we’re going to hear about today, that more closely resembles a college program than your standard 1:1 or group lessons. 
    Over the summer, Tony was featured in our studio snapshot series. In that episode he alluded to his new online instruction model and I was very curious, but I knew it needed more time than we had then to really understand it, so that’s what we’re talking about today.
    The first part of our interview, which you’ll hear today, is more about the pedagogical and practical structure of the program and then we’ll get into the marketing and business side of things in the second half, next week.
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode134.
     
    MSS Entrepreneurs Hub + Mastermind
    Music Studio Business Building 101
    Business Finance for Music Teachers
     

    • 32 min
    133 - Crystal Boyack on Self-Publishing and Selling 1,000 Books

    133 - Crystal Boyack on Self-Publishing and Selling 1,000 Books

    The first quarter of the MSS Hub Mastermind program starts in just a few weeks. So if you’ve been curious about joining, now is a great time to get plugged in and start your year off strong!
    Today I’m talking with my guest about her journey from book idea to selling the first 1000 copies. We talk about how she tried to publish through a traditional book publisher and ended up self-publishing, how she bootstrapped the first print runs, why she doesn’t expect to make a profit by selling on Amazon, and even how she made people angry with her marketing.
    And if you're the kind of person who likes to hear the numbers, you're going to love this discussion because Crystal lays it all out there.
    A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode133.
     
    MSS Entrepreneurs Hub + Mastermind
    Music Studio Business Building 101
    Business Finance for Music Teachers
     

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Kbklb ,

Just what I needed!

I am loving learning to be more business-minded in my studio. For a while I passed this podcast by because I thought it was only for multi-teacher studios but I was completely wrong. It’s fantastic for anyone who runs a business teaching music for a living.

stark rocker ,

Too notch

Andrea is the real deal. Informative, helpful and a class act. So grateful to her for creating a space where musical entrepreneurs can learn from each other!

Jbdva ,

Timely topics

The Music Studio Startup has topics that are of interest to teachers running their own studios or those thinking about it. The wide variety of people Andrea interviews keeps each program interesting. Andrea asks just the questions you would ask. And the show notes are helpful for a good resource. I’ve appreciated all the podcasts on Music Studio Startup.

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