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.
000 - Summer Break Announcement
Hey there! Just a quick pop in to say that I'm taking an early summer break this year. If you can call it a break...
I'll be taking some time off from podcasting to welcome another little human into the world.
I've already got an amazing lineup of episodes in the works for when I return, so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss them when they start dropping.
I’ve gotten inquiries about whether or not I’ll be running a cohort through Business Building 101 this summer. The next live cohort will begin in the early fall (August/September), but you can get a headstart with the video lessons right now! The course is open to join anytime and you can jump into the next live cohort when it opens!
In the meantime, listen through the previous podcast episodes and keep in touch on Instagram, Facebook or at MusicStudioStartup.com.
083 - Alyssa OToole on Building a Premier Music Community for Adults
Today I’m talking to the owner of a high end music school in downtown Boston, that serves mostly adults.
In this episode, you’ll hear about how the vision Alyssa had for her school has gradually come to fruition and how she’s grown as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of finance, along the way.
If you’ve been listening to the show for a while now, you may have observed a theme I’ve been seeing that a lot of good startup stories include evictions or other real estate catastrophes, and Alyssa’s story delivers in this regard, too. I think you’ll really enjoy it.
A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode083.
[[Expand Online Summit - May 3-7]]
Free to register!
Masterclass: Business 101 - Setting Up Your Studio with Andrea Miller
Releasing on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9am Pacific (available for 48 hours)
082 - Jaime Slutzky and Andrea Miller on Expanding Online
A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Slutzky of the expand online podcast to talk about some of the many ways music teachers can expand their businesses.
Today, I'm going to be rebroadcasting Jaime's show here on my feed.
But before I do that I want to talk about the Expand Online Summit that I briefly mentioned at the end of the show last week.
Jaime also happens to be the coordinator for this Summit. It features more than a dozen master classes and interviews with some fantastic music teachers and entrepreneurs.
I'll be presenting a master class on setting up your music studio. If you've ever been curious about my Business Building 101 course, this is like a super mini version of that course. I packed as much as I could into 25-minute master class so it’ll give you a really good start, and it's also a great opportunity to see if the full course might be up your alley.
The summit runs from May 3rd through 7th. I think it'll be inspirational and a great way to jump start your summer studio goals AND it's completely free.
I’ll have all the info in the show notes for this episode at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode082 and when you register, be sure to use my link so Jaime will know you’re with me.
A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode082.
081 - Ashley Rescot on Self-Publishing and Student Retention
We've talked about music publishing and app publishing and digital resource publishing on the podcast before, but in this episode we're talking about something different - fiction publishing!
And what does this have to do with music teaching or studio ownership?
Well, it just so happens that today's guest, Ashley Rescot, is a violin teacher who took her creative writing hobby and channeled it to address the student retention issues she noticed with her middle and high school students.
Ashley takes us behind the scenes into self-publishing short stories and novels. It may be a different industry, but it has plenty to teach us about the principles of business.
Full show notes and a transcript for this episode can be found at musicstudiostartup.com/episode081
Expand Online Summit - May 3-7 Free to register!
Masterclass: Business 101 - Setting Up Your Studio
By: Andrea Miller
080 - Stephanie Smith on Selling Products Through Etsy and Shopify
Today’s guest is Stephanie Smith of Dynamic Doodle Co.. She’s another “accidental entrepreneur” who was pretty convinced that running a business other than a music studio was not something she’d ever want to do.
But when she had an idea for a studio incentive program that would require investing $250 in a button machine, she decided to offer her buttons for sale on Etsy in order to offset that equipment purchase.
In addition to recouping that investment many times over, she has also discovered joy in running a business and is here today to tell us the story.
A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode080.
079 - Nick Schlueter on Starting a Dueling Pianos Business
Today I’m talking to Nick Schlueter, the co-owner of a type of business that we haven’t had on the podcast before. For lack of a better term, I’d call it a dueling pianos talent agency, but I suspect my guest would say that’s too fancy for a venture he and his business partner started kind of on accident.
In the interview we talk about how they got started, gradually made investments to offer more services, eventually expanded to other cities, and hired other performers along the way.
A full transcript and resources from this episode can be found at MusicStudioStartup.com/episode079.
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!
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.
Insightful and Actually Interesting
I think a lot of podcasts have this thing where they take an idea that has already been hashed out many times and try to spin it as “new” information, updated with the sensationalist words of that week. This is definitely NOT one of those podcasts. Already in the first few episodes, Andrea has brought up topics that we as music business owners might forget to consider, and she actually asks the “real” questions that help teachers and business owners to take their craft and business to the next level. I’ve recommended this podcast already to all of my colleagues. Well worth the listen.