When I first began teaching, I remember thinking about how difficult it was to sign up new students. I saw other piano teachers that were charging more and consistently getting new students. I’m not going to lie, I was jealous. I thought that I was a nobody because I didn’t have many piano students. I remember looking at other piano teachers and eventually hating teaching. I know that these are not great things to admit, but I’m only being honest.
At this time, I look back at my old self and I can’t believe how naive I was. I was my own worst critique. All of the things I’ve wanted from teaching piano, I’ve been able to receive. I feel like I’ve received more great things than I expected to receive. Teaching piano has been one of the best things to happen for me. I wish I could’ve seen it earlier in my teaching career.
The way that I grew as a piano teacher consistently was setting goals for myself. I told myself that I wanted to create something more for myself. I began posting consistently on my teaching blog and I also posted more on my piano studio Facebook page. If I never started those platforms, I would have been consistently stuck in the same place.
Growth happens when you make the effort to stay consistent with something. I remember the days when I didn’t feel like working and I went to work anyway. I made the effort to put in more work and I was definitely rewarded. Growing consistently as a piano teacher happens when you decide to put in more effort into your work.
The most important thing I want to mention is to build a social media platform for your piano studio. You wouldn’t believe how many times I was glad that I spent the time to create a social media platform. You don’t have to be social media savvy. I’ve seen piano teachers post themselves playing music on YouTube and they have grown quite a following. They’re not using any fancy camera equipment either. The only thing that they’ve done is put work into building a platform. Even if you post only one video a week, if you do that every week for a year, you will build a big platform. Don’t neglect social media. You will definitely need to create one for your piano studio.