Creating a music teaching studio system might sound like a boring endeavor. But if you do it right – if you make a model studio – it can be exciting. It can change your whole game.
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Imagine your studio was going to be franchised. What would you put in place so that you could ensure consistency across every franchisee?
Picture these studios in various buildings across the country with your name on the sign and your picture on the wall.
Does that make your heart quicken?
Are you nervous about representing something you can’t control?
This article is not going to try to persuade you to open studios in every city. But I do think you should act as if you’re going to.
Because right now, your name and your face already represents something. You stand behind your own studio, however big or small it is.
Right now, the way you do things is probably pretty random. You do all the things and you think you do a good job. I’m sure you do.
But is it always the same good job? Can you say it’s just as good on one day as it is on another?
Creating a music teaching studio system can bring your studio from pretty good to fantastic. And it will be consistent, too.
People will know what to expect from you, and they will love the experience they receive from your studio. Every. Time.
Why You Shouldn’t Create a Music Teaching Studio System
I believe every teacher should have studio systems in place. But here are the reasons you might think you shouldn’t.
This isn’t for me.
Oh yes it is. Don’t turn that car around yet. 🚘
Whether you’re self-employed and teaching 3 students each week out of your living room, or you’re a multi-teacher music school owner, you need a system.
Creating a music teaching studio system which could be rolled out to every city doesn’t mean it has to leave your living room. Whether you’re teaching 2 students or 227, this is about providing the best experience for those students.
And I know that is for you simply because you’re here.
Not Everything Can Be Systematised
We teach individuals, and teaching is a human profession. Surely it can’t be broken down into repeatable systems?
Not everything, no. But much more than you think.
When you teach, how you get paid, how you put on concerts, what books you order – it’s easy to see how these things can be translated into systems. However, so can the way you talk to students and the way you make decisions.
A system is just a way of saying, “This is how we do it, here.”
There’s nothing inhuman about that.
I don’t have the time for this!
Not to be contrarian, but quite the opposite is true. You don’t have the time not to do this.
Although we feel like we’re running around doing things all day, most of us are using up a lot of that time making choices.
While we’re not always in the act of choosing between method books or picking out the best words for an email, we’re thinking about the merits of each option.
A “system of systems” is an investment in your business and your life.
A music teaching studio system can take away many of the things which gobble up your time. So, you can go to the beach, or practice, or plan to take over the world.
The choice will be yours. 🏖️
Music Studio Systems = Fairness
A model music studio system is ready to roll out all over the world. The studio it defines is the perfect environment for kids to learn and for teachers to teach.
It’s also the same for everyone.
That doesn’t mean we teach every child the same way, but it does mean more equality.
When we leave things up to the luck of the draw, we’re falling back on the parents’ prior knowledge of music and music lessons and the child’s natural propensities.
If, however, everyone gets a practice pouch when they start their second year of lessons and every new parent gets the same email and the same follow-up call, you don’t leave anything to chance.
I’m not saying you intentionally treat anyone differently. But the result is the same whether it’s random or purposeful.
The result of inconsistency is that one child has a better chance of engaging with music than another does.
And that’s not fair.
Putting a music studio system in place will mean music gets to spread to communities it doesn’t normally reach. It will increase the number of lifelong musicians your studio produces.
And you thought systems were for fuddy-duddies. 😉
If you need more help getting yourself organised, there are loads more ideas and resources on my Studio Business page!
How to Create Your Music Studio System
If I’ve succeeded in my mission, you’re now convinced that you need a music studio system. But how do you go about creating one?
You could start researching various systems and create your own from scratch, but that sounds like a ton of work you probably don’t have time for. Especially when everything you need to set up your own music studio systems can be found in the Smooth Studio Systems course from Vibrant Music Teaching.
This course walks you through the 2 most popular (free!) online programs to use, and how to choose the right one for you.
But it goes way beyond that. In this course, you’ll download special music studio templates where I’ve already laid out the common processes for you such as recitals, website updates, new student onboarding and annual scheduling efforts.
Simply follow the step-by-step directions to import the template, then tweak the steps to meet your needs. What could be easier?
If you aren’t a Vibrant Music Teaching member yet, you’ve really got to check out all the wonderful courses and teaching resources you’re missing out on. Become a member today, then jump right in with the Smooth Studio Systems course!