TTTV007: How to build a multi-teacher piano studio with Carly McDonald

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Do you have a waiting list for your studio? Ever wondered how you could turn those students you don’t have room for into a multi-teacher studio?

If so, then this podcast episode is for you!

The business side of running a multi-teacher studio can be daunting, and there is so much to consider such as locations, finding the right teachers, accounting, pricing calculations…the list goes on. If you’re not sure where to start, then take a listen to episode 7 for a fantastic overview of what you need to do to go from one teacher to many.

Carly McDonald runs Novar Music a large music teaching studio in Adelaide Australia, and in today’s podcast she answers the top questions teachers have when making this leap from independent teacher, to owner of a multi-teacher studio. Even if you don’t see yourself taking that jump, I think we can all learn a lot from the way Carly runs her business!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to hire new teachers
  • How to streamline your interviewing
  • What questions to ask that will ensure you pick someone who’s a good fit for your studio
  • The importance of continuing professional development for piano teachers
  • Possible locations for your studio
  • Price considerations when running a multi-teacher studio
  • How to create a wide range of performance opportunities for your students
  • How to check in with teachers and make sure their performance is up to your standard

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Are you thinking of starting a multi-teacher studio?

Was there something in today’s podcast that you hadn’t considered? Did Carly shed light on an issue you’ve been wondering about?

Got any other business-related questions for her? Let us know below.

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