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Zealous Musician is a podcast that takes a closer look at the music we love. For season one, we’ll dive into music from post-hardcore and emo bands like Thrice, Underoath, A Day to Remember - Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, and Copeland. Our focus will be on light music theory -- even playing some ourselves -- and rediscovering why we loved these bands so much in the first place.
 
The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
Do you help a young musician in your life practice? Are you a teacher that works with young musicians? Hosted by Christine Goodner, an experienced violin and early childhood music teacher. and author of Beyond the Music Lesson & Positive Practice, resources all about how to help families make music practice at home more effective with less conflict. TIME TO PRACTICE will bring you weekly conversations with performers, teachers, and students that will help, encourage and support you as you su ...
 
OutsideGuitar.com was founded in 2015 by guitarist Aram Bajakian. Having spent more than a decade as an active member of NYC's scene, and performing with a diverse range of artists (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Diana Krall, Malcolm Mooney from Can) Bajakian wanted to find a way to give back some of what he had learned to the music community. Thus, the online guitar masterclass, OutsideGuitar.com was born. The OutsideGuitar.com podcast allows subscribers to ask questions to guitarists that play outsi ...
 
Preschool friendly music lessons that develop perfect pitch and a good sense of rhythm! Host and creator Mr. Rob makes music lessons fun and easy. Why? So that every child can enjoy the benefits of (and art that is) music! The show uses 8 colored bells (amongst other characters and instruments) to give preschool children meaningful exposure to pitch! Preschool children are uniquely capable of developing perfect pitch due to the deep-brain auditory development that takes place between birth a ...
 
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On today's episode of the TIme to Practice podcast we're speaking with violinist and author Ashley Rescot. Ashley describes herself as an "aficionado of music, pedagogy, family, faith, and language." She writes about her life as a musician and writes fiction geared toward young musicians that they can connect and relate to. We got a chance to sit d…
 
Why do parents seek out music lessons? Do parents expect or hope for different results from music lessons as opposed to other activities? We could guess and speculate what drives our customers. The better we understand our customer's motivations the better we can not only market to them, the better we can customize our products and services to bett…
 
On this week's episode of the podcast we have the pleasure of speaking with violinist, educator, entrepreneur, radio host, and filmmaker Dr. Quinton Morris. To highlight a few of his current roles: Dr. Morris is Associate Professor of Violin at Seattle University, Founder of Key to Change, and the Artist-Scholar in Residence at Classical King FM 98…
 
Why is it that some music schools are able to grow a business with hundreds of students while others struggle to scale at this level? In this episode, I interview Maury and Raquel Kelly who have built a highly successful music school with 300+ students. The Kelly's share their secrets as to how they have been able to build such a wildly successful …
 
Today we're speaking with Chenoa Alamu Murphy who is a violinist, teacher, and speaker who offers fabulous courses online about Black Classical Composers & Musicians, as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We talk about diversifying our repertoire, some of her story as a musician, incorporating music history we wish we had known growing up, m…
 
It happens to the best of us. Your music school grows and grows and then seems to get stuck. For whatever reason, your enrollment hits a ceiling that seems impossible to breakthrough. In part 1 of this 3 part series, music school owner Eric Bourassa and I pop open the hood of his music teaching business to examine what's preventing his school from …
 
On this week’s podcast, we’re talking to Ruth Meints. Ruth is the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music and creator of String Sprouts, a program that connects over 1200 students in her community to music lessons. Ruth has a new book: The Music Teacher’s Little Guide to Big Motivation and I can’t wait to dive in and talk to her all a…
 
Something that is remarkable is worthy of remark. By creating remarkable moments for your students you're creating moments that your customers are likely to share with others. The secret to word-of-mouth marketing is inspiring the families in your studio to share remarkable moments that were facilitated by your music school. In this week's episode …
 
Today we're doing something a little bit different . . . Christine is sharing five practice tips to keep in mind when supporting the young musicians in your life. Detailed show notes and transcript available HERE Find Christine's Books: Beyond the Music Lesson & Positive Practice Find Christine on Instagram @SuzukiTriangle Sign up for the next Pep …
 
The way you price your music lessons has a significant impact on how customer's perceptions. Pricing sends a signal of quality, reliability, confidence, and success. A product that's priced high clearly must be a high in-demand product. In this episode, I share the signals your pricing structure sends customers. davesimonsimonsmusic.com…
 
On this week’s episode, we’re talking to two cellists from Salt Lake City who are performers, teachers, parents, and workshop clinicians and who run a wonderful cello choir together that has been especially inspiring to them and their students this past year. Kelly McConkie Steward: www.instagram.com/mcstewart_cellostudio http://www.stewartcellostu…
 
Most music school owners would agree that word of mouth marketing, or referral marketing, is their number 1 source of new students. More reason to have multiple referral marketing systems in your music school. In this episode, I share a simple and often overlooked referral marketing system that you can implement today.…
 
Today we're speaking with violinist, teacher, and author Diane Worthey. Diane teaches in the preparatory Strings Division at the University of Idaho and is the author of the recent book IN ONE EAR & OUT THE OTHER: ANTONIA BRICO & HER AMAZINGLY MUSICAL LIFE and the recipient of the 2021 Paterson Prize for Young Readers. We discussed her journey with…
 
A music studio, in its most natural state, is a disjointed community. It’s a community comprised of teachers, parents, and students that rarely come together as a group. Your school's culture is defined by its customs, rituals, and values. Culture helps define and unite a community. A community that lacks culture is a community without purpose. Cul…
 
On this week’s episode we are speaking with cellist, parent and music educator Maria De Alba. Director of the International Suzuki Monterrey Festival for 7 years and Festival Bach to Cello for 2 years.She currently lives in Europe, Poland where she directs the Suzuki Cello Studio with students from Poland, Mexico and the USA. We talk all about pare…
 
In 1997 Apple forever changed the world of marketing in a 30-second commercial, "Think Different". The commercial wasn't about their products. Instead, it was an inspirational and motivational message. The commercial was a massive success and Apple's sales skyrocketed. The world of marketing would never the be same. Music school owner Mike Grande, …
 
On this week's podcast we're talking about music practice, motivation and how sometimes practicing music looks like being a kid with Elementary Music Educator Bryson Tarbet. Bryson is a PreK-6th grade general music teacher just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and is cur…
 
There are two ways to fix your marketing problems. Targeting Messaging Fixing your targeting is a relatively quick fix. But messaging requires a little work. Marketing works best when you appeal to your ideal customer's heart first. You can achieve this by showing a customer what their child's life will look like after they take music lessons. You …
 
On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Shu-Yi Scott. Dr. Shu-Yi Scott holds a MM in cello performance from Penn State University and a DMA in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She became a registered Suzuki cello teacher trainer in 2019. In this episode, we talked about practice, parenting, and how young musicians …
 
2,000 students? Is that really possible? Yes, it is! In part I of this two-part series, Jonny Wilson shares some of his secrets as to how he went from 1 student to 2,000. Jonny has now made his strategies and tactics for exponential business growth in his Build a Music School program. Visit davesimonsmusic.com/bam and try his program out for free!…
 
In today's episode we're talking Laura Sinclair - a violinist, violist, performer and educator all about how to learn together, about ourselves and our children, as we practice. We talk about practice, big feelings that happen in the practice room, brain research and much more. Find links to Laura’s social media and resources here: https://linktr.e…
 
Making the leap from a solo music instructor to a multi-teacher studio is an ambitious step. You need more than faith to successfully make this leap. You need a plan. In this episode, I speak with music studio owner, Jason Thompson who plans on taking his teaching business from his house to a storefront.…
 
On this episode, we talk to Rebecca Lane. Rebecca is the director, founder, and owner of Lane Music School. She co-hosts the Kids Q the Music Podcast with her daughter Zara and coaches teachers and professional musicians in their businesses. She is a violinst, a teacher, a mom and we talk about embarrassing practice stories, practice with our child…
 
Calida Jones is a violinist with her Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School. She has taught in a variety of music settings including Suzuki and El-Sistema-inspired programs. Calida is an activist, consultant, and speaker. She is the former Director of Engagement at the Hartt School and has just begun a new role as V…
 
In this episode we talk to Dr. Molly Gebrian, a violist, performer, and teacher who is an expert on the topic of music and the brain. We discuss what practice was like for her growing up, when she knew she wanted to become a professional musician, her background in neuroscience and what she has learned about effective practice that you might be abl…
 
In this episode, we’re talking with Kimberley Wong a violinist and Suzuki teacher from London. Kimberley is passionate about helping parents and families make music practice less stressful and more effective. We discuss how important it is to have community and not feel alone, Kimberley’s 3 E’s for practice, and what studying music when we’re young…
 
In this episode we talk to Abigail Peterson, a violinist, Suzuki teacher, Suzuki parent, and my co-host from the Beyond the Music Lesson Podcast. We talk about what practice was like as a professional musician and practice partner to young children over the last 18 months, motivation for music students, understanding your child’s unique needs to he…
 
Marketing isn't just about persuading people to sign up for your music lessons. Marketing has the ability to change the world. Marketing encourages people to dream of a better life, a better future, a better world. All purchases are driven by a desire for change. You don't buy a new pair of shoes because your old pair are worn in. That might be a p…
 
We all have our opinions about contractors vs employees. In this week's show, I speak with an employment attorney Dan Messeloff to look at the legal implications of contractors. I was surprised to learn just how risky it is to run a music school with contractors. The contractor model can work great for a smaller music studio built around the owner …
 
Story marketing is a two-sided coin. One side features the use of storytelling as a device to hook the recipient of your marketing message. Not stories about your music lessons, but stories about your customer. Stories that tell a tale of how your music lessons can transform your customer’s life. The flip side of the coin is the stories that your c…
 
Children often perceive that learning to play an instrument is hard to do. Playing an instrument isn't necessarily hard to do, but it does take time, patience, and perseverance to become good a musician. Curing the practice problem begins with inspiring and motivating kids to be up for the long journey. The secret is to make a child's initial steps…
 
Prizes, incentives, and rewards aren't a long-term cure to the practice problem. They might give your students a gentle push but ultimately the desire to practice has to come from the child. So how do you build this desire? It takes time. How much time depends on the child, The first step is to educate the parents in your studio on your approach to…
 
Hey there! Just a quick pop in to say that I'm taking an early summer break this year. If you can call it a break... I'll be taking some time off from podcasting to welcome another little human into the world. I've already got an amazing lineup of episodes in the works for when I return, so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss them when th…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a high end music school in downtown Boston, that serves mostly adults. In this episode, you’ll hear about how the vision Alyssa had for her school has gradually come to fruition and how she’s grown as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of finance, along the way. If you’ve been listening to the show for a whi…
 
Music is the ultimate team sport. A solo instrument can stir the soul, but the communal effort of a group can make for an even more exhilarating experience. Why is it then that a child's musical journey typically begins in a private lesson? Does playing an instrument require a certain level of skill before one is ready for a group setting? Dance, m…
 
It's a problem when students don't practice. But the practice problem goes even deeper than that. It creates a problem in your business when you have expectations that aren't being met. Rewards, incentives, and prizes for practice only go so far. For some kids (perhaps many) practice is not a priority. (And for some parents). Parents anticipate a b…
 
A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Slutzky of the expand online podcast to talk about some of the many ways music teachers can expand their businesses. Today, I'm going to be rebroadcasting Jaime's show here on my feed. But before I do that I want to talk about the Expand Online Summit that I briefly mentioned at the end…
 
If you’re looking for a competitive edge for your music studio, it will most likely not be found in the private lesson. Your competitive edge will be found in the experiences you provide, in the culture you create, and the opportunities you create for your students. Content marketing is a great way to position your music studio as a business that i…
 
With all marketing, you're either moving towards pleasure or away from pain. Doesn't that apply to life as well? The same applies to music with its endless dance of harmony and dissonance. In this week's episode, I field a question from Demitris Whitehead regarding how to balance pleasure and pain in your marketing. Upcoming Event The 3 Secrets to …
 
We've talked about music publishing and app publishing and digital resource publishing on the podcast before, but in this episode we're talking about something different - fiction publishing! And what does this have to do with music teaching or studio ownership? Well, it just so happens that today's guest, Ashley Rescot, is a violin teacher who too…
 
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