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Which Billing Model is Right for Your Studio?

POSTED ON March 21, 2017   |   Post A Comment

A new article for freelance teachers on the Teach Well blog:

A clear billing policy is essential to run a thriving teaching business. The right model for you depends on how you choose to balance flexibility with consistent cash flow.

I’ve experimented with several billing models over the years, and I’d like to share the pros and cons of six such models:

Read more on Medium.

New Podcast Interview

POSTED ON March 03, 2017   |   Post A Comment
I had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend Karl Benitez and his co-host Trevor Pogue for an interview on their new podcast, Anxiety Club. These guys are really entertaining, and we discussed a host of topics:

  • The creative process
  • Why most classical musicians don’t improvise (although they used to)
  • My summer job painting fire hydrants
  • Who to take criticism from (spoiler alert: not many people)
  • Fear and leaning into discomfort
  • Earning a living as an artist
  • When to take a non-paying gig
  • Why I embrace a generous business model

(Warning, there are a few swears. And I was a bit over-caffeinated, so I was talking much faster than usual.)

Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

They even turned me into a couple infographics (achievement unlocked):
The sentence about quantity and quality is almost a direct quote from Adam Grant’s book Originals, so I can’t take credit.

Enjoy!

Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

– ST

Download a free copy of my new book, Creativity Triggers for Musicians. Join the Facebook group.

Why You Should Screen Your Students

POSTED ON February 26, 2017   |   Post A Comment

A new article for freelance teachers on the Teach Well blog:

After teaching lessons full time for ten years, I started to burn out. Although I had several awesome students, I was frustrated working with those who were apathetic, unprepared, or had a poor attitude. Over time, I became more complacent and distracted as a teacher, which wasn’t a good situation for anyone. The key to reinvigorating my studio wasn’t more willpower or grit — it was introducing a ‘Red Velvet Rope Policy’.

Public school teachers need to serve every student who shows up. As freelance teachers, we have the opportunity to be selective about who we work with. In the business development guide Book Yourself Solid, author Michael Port outlines a system for screening clients called “The Red Velvet Rope Policy”. Port tells us: “when you work with clients you love, you’ll truly enjoy the work you’re doing; you’ll love every minute of it. And when you love every minute of the work you do, you’ll do your best work, which is essential to book yourself solid.”

Read more on Medium

Also, see The Five Levels of Freelance Teaching.

– ST

Download a free copy of my new book, Creativity Triggers for Musicians. Join the Facebook group.

The Five Levels of Freelance Teaching

POSTED ON January 27, 2017   |   Post A Comment

I’m writing a series of articles for private music teachers on the Teach Well blog. I’m sharing everything I wish I knew when I was first starting out.

My first article shares a framework that transformed my teaching career a couple years ago. Please share with any private teachers or aspiring freelancers you know.

The Five Levels of Freelance Teaching

Interview for UW School of Music

POSTED ON October 29, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Brenda Banks, my graduate school advisor at the University of Washington, interviewed me as part of a series featuring alumni with “alternative” careers. We discuss the origin of my blog, my experience in the UW jazz program, marketing, and my future plans. I also list my favorite resources for freelance musicians and teachers.

Read the interview here

– ST

Average Is Boring

POSTED ON September 24, 2016   |   Post A Comment

If you do something and you think, “That really seems like me and I don’t think anyone else does that,” then you’ve got to jump on that with both feet and do it over and over again until it becomes something that really works. That can take a long time or it can happen in a day. There’s that moment when you’re like, “Yeah, that’s what I do, right there.”

Ethan Iverson, pianist in The Bad Plus*

Finding an artistic voice is personally fulfilling and the key to standing out in a noisy world. The musical landscape is more crowded than ever, and the only artists we pay attention to are remarkable and unmistakablelike The Bad Plus.

In the 21st century, average is boring.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/William Andrus
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