Hey, Music Teachers!
Are you interested in starting a private studio but don't know where to start?
Have you been trying to grow a studio for a while and it just seems like it's not working?
Have you been teaching for a while and are ready for inspiration?
If you answered 'YES' to those questions, I have a solution for you.
A bit of history...
I developed the original Music Teacher's Playbook in 2018. This course has helped HUNDREDS of music teachers expand their private teaching studios, increase their income, and revolutionize their teaching.
For the 2021 edition, I recognize the need many teachers have to learn how to move their lessons online, retain students, recruit students, and navigate creative solutions for online music learning.
To that end, I have INCREASED the amount of information in this course to include online training, recruiting, and sustaining practices AS WELL AS all of the original information and tools for in person teaching.
For 2022, my team and I have updated the finance information, included an A-Z website design add-on course, and have some pretty insane bonuses.
It is my hope that this new format will help even more musicians and educators thrive now and always.
The Music Teacher's Playbook is Effective
For a Reason
MTP is an online course for private music teachers for all instrumental teachers. We will meet once a week for 1-2 hours (don't worry...they'll be recorded if you can't make it!), use a forum for group conversations, and have weekly assignments that will be carefully reviewed and returned with edits giving you 1:1 feedback!
Throughout the 13 week course you will:
- Learn how to effectively establish a studio (online and in person)
- Charge what your services are worth
- Learn how to brand and market your studio online (imperative in this climate!)
- Elevate your current teaching
- And so much more!
I personally walk you through every. single. step. You have access to all of the course materials forever, and (my favorite part) you'll be added to a club of like-minded, studio building musicians who continue to support each other looooonnnnng after the course concludes!
Here's Why Playbook WORKS
Many resources tell you what to do but don't teach you HOW TO THINK. Having the correct mindset about studio building online and in person is CRUCIAL because it allows you to adapt, create, and be authentic in everything you do. I've figured out a method to change you think so you can be as successful as possible.
You can purchase every single studio building book or attend every webinar about how to build a studio, and I guarantee that you won't see these results. Books don't tell you exactly what YOU need to do in YOUR current circumstances - where you live, who your competition is, identifying your community's specific needs, etc. In MTP, I walk you through step by step of how to discover these things for yourself AND I help you develop your own individual materials like recruiting emails, website design and copy, overall studio branding vision, and more.
You have access to someone who knows what they're doing. That may sound silly, but it's true. I've lived it. I've built studios in 3 different locations. I've moved my whole studio online AND AM STILL RECRUITING NEW STUDENTS. I'm sharing my knowledge with you directly to help you as much as anyone possibly can.
"I learned more in this course than 6 years in college. It’s worth every penny.”
- Jessica Pelltier, Playbook 4
Who's it For?
A recent music grad who is terrified about starting a private lessons studio
A studio teacher who is struggling making the move online
A teacher who is absolutely lost when it comes to how to use technology to recruit new students
Any instrumental teacher wanting to grow a new studio or revolutionize their current studio
A teacher whose studio numbers have steadily declined in the past few years (or weeks)
An admittedly not-so-business-savvy musician interested in learning more about the business side of teaching
"As a teacher with twenty years experience, I am renewed, rejuvenated, and excited about the growth and development of my flute studio over the coming months. Katherine Emeneth is a wonderful teacher and mentor. She has a proven method to establish and grow a successful, happy, and thriving studio, no matter where you are."
- Anne Gordon, Playbook 1
A Sampling of What You'll Learn
Why even the most talented musicians and music teachers struggle to build a thriving studio they absolutely love (and how to solve that problem once and for all - even if you have an existing studio)
How to create a compelling and magnetic platform that attracts the students you love teaching the most
A step-by-step method for creating bulletproof studio policies (for online and in person) that attract the right students and repel the wrong ones (samples and templates included!)
The #1 reason parents and students choose other music teachers to study with (even if you're the best player in town)
The most critical information and content to include on your studio website (if your website isn't selling FOR you while you're busy doing other things, you're losing money AND students)
Why some studios are killing it and others are merely winging it (the secret to being magnetic in every way)
Proven methods for solving The Practicing Predicament (who wants to be plagued with students who show up unmotivated, apathetic and failing?!)
How and where to find and recruit "the good" students (nobody likes to admit this...and it's what we all want...and you can have it)
Specifically for Online Teaching...
How to recruit students in your community and across the country/world (in times like these, it's time to cast that net all the way out)
How to deal with lesson cancellations (do you keep the same policies or do they need to change for teaching online?)
How to set your prices so you can have a rock solid policy and fees ready to send
A list (with instructions of how to use them) of the very best online music education resources that are available so you don't have to keep digging and being overwhelmed with all of the options
Proven methods of easily transferring recitals, masterclasses, and camps online (gotta keep your students motivated!)
Templates of emails to send to prospective students and existing students to keep everyone on board
Tried and true methods for INCREASING your income in the online environment (it is possible, and I'm going to show you!)
The best ways to accept payment online (so you don't get hacked)
Plus, the absolute certainty of what you need to do day in and day out
to continue building and elevating your music studio so it thrives.
"During the course, I identified band directors that I want to build a relationship with, had positive contacts with them, confronted negative thoughts I had about myself, and went from zero students to NINE! If you are struggling with numbers, moved to a new city, or are waiting for students to come to you, this is the course for you. It will absolutely pay for itself."
- Erin Spencer, Playbook 4
Here's The Course Outline
WEEK 1: Prework
Not gonna lie...
This course has A LOT of information in it.
This first week is dedicated to getting alllllll of your information in order, learning how the course works, and introducing yourself.
WEEK 2: Get Your Mind Right and Pre-Recruiting
Before you can even THINK about creating a prosperous studio, you have to get your mind right.
- You'll uncover the reason why many musicians have such trouble recruiting
- A proven method for researching and identifying THE BEST student opportunities in your area (ideal for new or existing studios)
WEEK 3: Client Hacking and Business Blueprint
You have to know WHO you want to teach and HOW you want to teach before you can even think about recruiting.
Once you get clear on those two things, the rest takes care of itself.
- The most effective way to craft a compelling talk that hooks band, orchestra, or chorus teachers or anyone else that you need a positive relationship with who are MOST LIKELY to jump at the opportunity to work with you (also ideal for studio teachers who can't fill up their studio or find the "right" students
- How and where to find "the good students" (nobody likes to admit this..and it's what we all want...and you can have it)
WEEK 4: Setting Your Rates
If you've ever been stumped about what you should charge and how you should charge, this module is for you.
HINT: being a bargain bin teacher is NOT an option
- Pricing that makes choosing you a no brainer (chances are good you are undervaluing your work...and you can FIX IT!)
- The #1 reason over 90% of music teachers I meet are leaving money on the table UNNECESSARILY (this will without a doubt surprise you)
- Should you charge less for teaching online? I have an answer
WEEK 5: Studio Policy Essentials
Meet Laura! Laura is the resident "wordsmith" of the KE Creative team. Writing is her jam. You'll send your studio policies to her for proofreading, editing, and making your policies crystal clear.
The key to having a well-oiled music education machine is having rock-solid lesson policies.
I'll show you how to implement them so there are no questions when it comes to payment, cancellations, or make up lessons.
- A step-by-step method for creating bulletproof studio policies that attract the RIGHT students and repel the wrong ones (samples and templates included!)
- How to separate your in person studio policies from your online studio policies
- How to implement changes to your policies at any time without ruffling feathers
WEEK 6: Recruit, recruit, recruit!
Trust me. In this module, I leave no stone unturned.
I show you "all of my cards" when it comes to tried and true recruiting methods. From the easy ways to the not easy ways, I've got you covered.
- The #1 reason why students and parents choose to study with other teachers even if you're the best player in town
WEEK 7: Effective Emailing and Phone Calling
- The most effective ways to get your intention and message across to ANYONE via email or messenger (let's face it...most people don't like talking on the phone, so knowing how to write/pitch well is a MUST!)
- Proven conversation outline and scripts for first time calls with parents and students to ensure get their booties in YOUR studio for that first lesson
- Live calls with me to refine your offer and your conversation style with direct feedback so you get the VERY BEST results when you talk to students and parents on real calls
WEEK 8: Finances and Taxes
Anamarie is the money master of the KE Creative team. As a certified personal finance counselor in training, she'll lead us through everything you need to know to keep your finances in order.
- If you've recently graduated and have no clue how to organize your finances (and student loans), this is where you'll learn it all
- If you've been teaching for a while and are wondering about retirement, wonder no more
- Confused about how to organize finances and how to accept payment? All will be revealed
- Hear from a CPA on exactly what to consider when filing taxes and staying organized
- LLC, S-corp, sole proprietor, oh my!
WEEK 9: Social Media and Other Online Recruiting Tools
The world is all online now. The good news is that the world of online education has opened up new possibilities for teachers and students.
- How to use social media to recruit students from all around the world
- The platforms you MUST have a presence on and how to engage
- How to post on social media without sounding "salesy"
WEEK 10: Newsletter, Extra Events, Recitals
I'll show you how to organize extra events for your studio including, camps, recitals, masterclasses, and chamber ensemble programs.
Learn how something as simple as a studio newsletter can seal your relationship with students and their families.
- How to know FOR SURE which offers are right for your studio (i.e. newsletter, guest artists, etc. You've got to choose the right offers for your studio or else you'll go nuts!)
WEEK 11: Games, Creating Community (even online)
If you don't have community in your studio, I can guarantee that you'll have retention problems. I'll explain what my "glue" is and how you can identify your own glue.
- Best practices for cultivating a true community in your studio - even online (they'll love you and they'll never want to leave if you do it right)
- The very best ways to keep your students motivated week after week so they experience WINNING in your studio even when they don't always play well
WEEK 12: Practicing, Problem Solving, Difficult Parents
This is the stuff that everyone has questions about but very few have answers. You'll hear from a licensed psychologist about how kids' brains work and how to get them invested in practicing
- Proven methods for solving the "practicing predicament" (who wants to be plagued by students who show up apathetic, unmotivated, and failing!?)
- Best practices for handling problem parents (learn how to handle complaints, late payments, and neglected students like a pro)
- The simplest and most humane way to CONTRACTUALLY dismiss a student that is obviously not working out (script included)
WEEK 13: The Wrap Up!
Our last live class!
This class is dedicated to answering any remaining question, reviewing materials, or going over anything that wasn't crystal clear.
- If we didn't cover every single question you possibly had about running a studio, this is the time to ask!
And we'll have champagne...virtually. ;-)
WEEK 14 and Beyond!
After the official week 13 wrap up, you'll have access to the whole KE Creative team for 8 weeks to review assignments, check in, troubleshoot, etc. We'll have 4 planned office hours sessions to make sure you're on your way!
You'll be added to the official "Playbook Grads" group where you can ask as many questions as you'd like about your private teaching business, vent, or share resources that you think will help other Playbookers.
Once a Playbooker, always a Playbooker. How sweet it is!
Did Someone Say Bonuses???
The "this is how you help your student practice at home" packet for parents!
We all know how it goes...
Many parents want to be hands-off when it comes to their child's musical endeavors. They've already got a million things going on, and having to supervise practice does not sound like something that's fun to add to their to-do list.
This packet written is easy to read and written for parents. Simply print it, go over it with parents, and ask them to put it on their fridge for easy reference. If could be the biggest game changer EVER for you and your students.
Ever wonder what you should LEGALLY add to your studio policy contract?
Wonder no more! Attorney, friend of KE Creative, and saxophonist Molly Anderson shares with you the do's and don't's of what to include in your studio policy as well as other CYA (cover your ass) procedures ALL music teachers should have in place.
New this year....
Intimidated by building a website?
Unsure where to start?
Overwhelmed by all the choices?
This add on* mini-course will walk you through a step-by-step process for building a beautiful, authentic, and FUNCTIONAL website!
Learn how this powerful tool can double your studio size and get students and parents to come to you!
The KE Creative team will show you how to build a website from start to finish.
In fact, to teach you how to build a website, we're literally going to build a website from start to finish and show you how to do it every step of the way!
Module 1 - URL: How to choose the right name so you'll get found online
Module 2 - Brand Kit: Colors, fonts, textures, oh my!
Module 3 - Template Tango: Which templates are the best, how many pages you need, etc.
Module 4 - Page Layout and How to Use the Editor: We'll show you the Wix editor and how to start putting your site together
Module 5 - Copywriting: Your words matter JUST AS MUCH as the look of your site. Time to get writing!
Module 6 - Fine tuning: Learn how to make your pages flow between text, photos, and graphics
Module 7 - Mobile Friendly: Most will access your site via a mobile device, so it'd better work!
Module 8 - SEO: We'll take you through best practices of how to rank on Google
Here's a brief breakdown of what the sessions will cover...
Not to mention...
A private Facebook group to run ideas past other participants
2 office hours to share your work with the team for feedback
1 personalized website audit when your site is "mostly" complete
I'm a musician who has always been a teacher, and I figured out a way to make teaching private music lessons a dream job for myself and others.
While working towards my doctorate in flute performance, I built a private flute studio to "practice" my teaching skills before landing the "dream job" as a full time flute professor. This was the third new studio I had built, so I was already a seasoned professional. After countless applications and interviews for higher ed positions, guess what happened.
No glory job.
Then, I woke up.
I realized I already had everything I wanted: I was teaching flute, playing flute, making a HIGHER INCOME than I would teaching at the university level, and I was my own boss.
I taught myself all the business skills I needed to make my studio GO. I rolled up my sleeves and made the lesson experience for my students and myself unbelievable. And now, I'm here to teach you how to do it too.
If you're unhappy in your job as a private music lessons teacher or want to create your own studio, I'm here to help you!
and meet the KE Creative team...
aka "The Badass Backend Boss" and Money Master
I'm the go to behind the scenes part of KE Creative!
My idea of what I wanted to do with my music career has changed a lot over the years.
I dreamed of an orchestral career and a college professor job...some of the standard classical music jobs. As I went through school, my passions in music changed, a lot. And when I graduated I realized that I didn't have any guidance or skills to pursue my new music passions.
So, I started the loooong and slow processes of trying to figure it out myself. There were many days of sending email wondering if I would ever receive a response, not knowing what to do next for my career, and questioning my abilities.
But slowly the wheels started to move. Today, I live in Richmond, Virginia and I fully embrace the classical musician entrepreneur lifestyle. I am a flute teacher, I actively perform and gig, I manage a community orchestra, I am involved with 2 music organizations in the area, and of course, I am a part of KE Creative.
It wasn't easy or quick to get to this point, and while this isn't what 19 year old Anamarie thought she would be doing in music, I wouldn't change it one bit!
Dr. Laura Zabanal
aka "The Creative Copy Conjurer"
I’m the nerdy, introverted, flute-playing, cat-loving, copy-conscious guru of KE Creative. :)
I love working with others, whether it’s making music, teaching, or collaborating on big creative projects like our offerings through KE Creative. I have worn many hats as a freelance artist and teacher, and I’ve worked many an odd job to make my music career dreams a reality.
My love of learning motivated me to stay in school for a long time. After completing many degrees, the transition from student to professional musician was no easier than if I had been 22 and finishing undergrad. Like Katherine, I pursued an academic career for many years without successfully landing one of those coveted full-time, tenure-track positions.
I began to open my eyes to other possibilities. I started planting roots in my community, making connections, offering services, and creating opportunities for myself. Within six months of moving to a brand new city, I was amazed at the kinds of opportunities that were coming my way--some of which I hadn’t even thought of before!
No matter where you are in your music career journey, know that you are not alone. The struggles are real, but the skills you’ll develop as a private music teacher taking Playbook will give you that much more confidence forging ahead.
I can’t wait to help you towards reimagining a music career on your terms!
A brief note...
I know you're a musician. I know it may be difficult for you to invest in yourself and your business. I hear you. I do not take your investment lightly.
Think about how much money you’ve spent on lessons. Now, think about investing in something that will almost instantly bring in money and teach you how to run your OWN BUSINESS.
This course costs you $53.60 per week. That's less than a one-hour lesson in most places. And trust me, you're getting WAY MORE than just an hour each week.
My team and I are literally giving you EVERYTHING we know about how to start, run, and LOVE your teaching job. We're all about keeping musicians in the field and having jobs that allow them to have things like houses and retirement plans.
If you're truly ready to learn these skills, I really hope you'll join the Playbook family. ❤️
The cost of playbook is less than $4 per day
Let's put that in perspective...
The "per day" cost is LESS THAN the cost of...
a Grande Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks
a roundtrip ride on the Chicago L or New York Subway
a pint of your favorite Ben and Jerry's ice cream
The "total cost" is LESS THAN the cost of...
6 months of private lessons
traditional orchestral summer festivals
professional video and audio recording equipment used for auditions
the average tuition for your Medieval and Renaissance Music History class
($239 less to be exact)
Playbook costs THE SAME
the average car insurance deductible
a flute cleaning, oil, and adjustment
a new smartphone
Join the waitlist!
The Music Teacher's Playbook is getting a makeover to be better THAN EVER!
Join the waitlist to get...
First dibs on a spot in the course (they're limited)
Extra special bonuses
A free 1:1 call with Katherine