Einstein is well-known for saying the following about “insanity”: “Insanity is repeating the same failed practices over and over but expecting to get completely different results. ” The pathetic thing is, this is exactly what most guitar teachers do when trying to make tons of money teaching guitar lessons… and this is why they will ALWAYS fail in their guitar teaching businesses.
“Guitar teaching insanity” is what happens when you imitate what other teachers are doing in an attempt to grow your own guitar teaching business. Truth is, most guitar teachers have no clue about what they should be doing to build a successful guitar teaching business…and simply guess their way forward (with no results). So when you copy what other guitar teachers are doing then you end up repeating these incorrect things time and time again in your business.
Here are six main reasons why imitating other guitar teachers means you will never earn good money teaching guitar:
Reason #1 - Most Guitar Teachers Have ZERO Real Training Or Qualifications To Teach Guitar
Instead of seeking professional training to improve as teachers, most guitar teachers believe they can learn everything about teaching through trial and error and imitating what “other” teachers do. What happens as a result? New guitar teachers simply imitate what was copied by other teachers before them. Think about what would happen if this approach to learning was the main method of “education” for physicians, lawyers and accountants (for example)…and you will immediately see why it is CRAZY to mimic the approaches of most guitar teachers.
Reason #2 – Most Guitar Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet
Many guitar teachers rely heavily on the common advice they hear from one another about how you can earn good money through teaching – becoming broke in the process. These are three horrible (yet extremely common) pieces of advice you’ve likely heard or seen put into practice by most guitar teachers you know:
“Summer is an extremely slow time for gaining new students…don’t worry about advertising during this time - it’s not even worth the effort. ” This thinking will lead you right down the path to complete financial failure…not only in the summer, but for the entire year. Read this column about growing a guitar teaching business throughout the summer to see exactly why this is so.
“You should lower your lesson rates to attract more guitar students. ” This advice couldn’t be more wrong and damaging (both for your income AND for your students). See why setting cheap lesson rates is ruining your business by checking out this article on earning a great living teaching guitar.
“Marketing guitar lessons for all styles/ages/playing abilities is a great way to get students. ” Read this free resource about making a lot more money teaching guitar to find out why this idea never works, and what to do instead to build a successful teaching business.
Reason #3 - Most Guitar Teachers Work Full Time Hours And Feel Stressed Out On A Consistent Basis
One of quickest ways to burn yourself out as a guitar teacher is trying to get tons of students and teaching them all in private 1 on 1 lessons. Most teachers think this is the only way to go, (falsely) thinking that this is the best way to earn good money teaching guitar.
This approach falls short for a few reasons:
1. You completely (and indefinitely) restrict how much money you can make by only teaching one-on-one lessons. Watch this free guitar teaching business development video to learn why.
2. You will become overrun by the massive hours you need to spend working one-on-one with your students. plus you’ll have to worry about: getting payments, scheduling makeup lessons, putting together lesson materials, marking down lesson times in the calendar, taxes, administrative tasks, etc. In the end, this will leave you with no time to do things such as work on your music career, create music or better yourself as a musician.
In the end, most teachers have a choice to make: they either stop taking on new students that they can’t handle (losing money in the process and failing to help a lot more people) or be perpetually miserable, upset and burned-out from working insane hours every week.
Reason #4 – Most Guitar Teachers Are Stuck At One Level Of Income & Will Never Make A Dime More
You already understand that most guitar teachers teach only a few students and make very little. However, out of those who gain a decent level of financial success (such as making “a minimum” of $60k - $75k per year teaching) almost ALL of them will get STUCK at that level and never move to $85k, 100k, 150k, 250k+ etc.in income.
This is why:
The approaches and strategies that aid you in attracting your first 25 students will NOT help you get to 50 students…and the strategies that get you to 50 students won’t get you to 115 students. The more students you schedule, the more refined your teaching systems must be… or you will totally work yourself to death trying to keep up with your growing business. In nearly all cases, these teachers stop trying to build their business beyond a specific point…staying stuck at whatever level their restrictive business model enables them to achieve.
What does this information signify for you? If your desire is to make WAY more money than an “average” teacher, then STOP trying to mimic the business practices other teachers use (who haven’t already accomplished the precise level of success you want to achieve).
Reason #5 – Most Guitar Teachers Cannot Get Anything More Than Mediocre Results With Their Students
If you observe the playing level of the student roster for most guitar teachers, you’ll see that the majority of their students are nowhere close to achieving their musical goals. Then, the small minority of students these teachers have who actually CAN play well were already great players before they began lessons. You can easily conclude this is the case when the teacher’s amount of “good” students is extremely small compared to the total students being taught.
So what will happen when you copy the approaches used by these teachers? Answer: your students will have a very hard time achieving their goals and you will become “just another so-so guitar teacher”.
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Reason #6 – Most Guitar Teachers Treat Guitar Teaching Like A “9-5 Day Job”
Most guitar teachers don’t treat their guitar teaching like an actual business.instead they treat it like a job. What do I mean? In short: A business earns you money whether you are there or not. A job just pays you whenever you work. and pays you once for that time. Many guitar teachers invest all of their time into “teaching” and never really end up growing their business.
What You Should Do Instead Of Imitating Other Guitar Teachers In Order To Make More Money
Instead of blindly “copying” other guitar teachers, you must look for and accept a new approach - embracing a totally different concept of yourself and the image of your business. This different approach might include a complete change in the way you think of yourself as a guitar teacher, your business approaches, and how you present yourself to your students. The best, most financially successful and most sought-out guitar teachers have all done this. There are only 2 ways for you to accomplish the same outcome in your business:
Get Trained By A Guitar Teaching Expert
The best, most successful and highest-earning guitar teachers get guitar teacher training to build their teaching skills, develop their business and smash through their income barriers. By seeking out and getting training, you will put yourself on a completely different level than the vast majority of other teachers who merely depend on guessing, trial and error and word of mouth as their only “credentials”.
Warning: other local guitar teachers WILL copy you as you become more successful, get great results with your students and make tons of money. However, you will ALWAYS have a strategic advantage over them because they will not have the same understanding, skills and training that you will have.
Find Other Highly Successful Guitar Teachers…And Learn From Them
Simply copying other (average) guitar teachers will never bring you success…but becoming part of a strategic network filled with CHAMPION 6-figure-making guitar teachers is the quickest proven way skyrocket the success of your business. I’ve observed this happen many times with my Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle forum members (many of whom make 6-figures + per year, helping hundreds of students every week). Guitar teachers who take part in such a network (and utilize the knowledge they get) INSTANTLY transform their businesses’ success and multiply their incomes.
Hint: it’ll be hard to find such a network unless you look far outside your local area. Why? 2 reasons:
1. Highly successful guitar teachers are so difficult to locate, that the chance of you locating “many” of them in your local area is almost zero.
2. All successful guitar teachers in your city will NEVER reveal business secrets to other “local” competitors. In contrast, a network with guitar teachers from areas far apart have no problem discussing strategies, approaches and business ideas - working for everyone’s mutual benefit!
Setting yourself apart from the practice of doing what is “common” among guitar teachers may be tough at first - as you find yourself moving far away from what is traditionally accepted. However, as your guitar teaching business expands, your yearly-income and personal freedom soar and your students become awesome players FAST, you will be satisfied knowing that you broke the cycle of “guitar teaching insanity” and chose to go down the road to success.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a professional guitar teacher, composer and the guitar player. He shows guitar teachers from around the world how to make money teaching guitar. On his website tomhess.net, you can find guitar teacher resources, and guitar teaching articles .