Why Most Guitar Teachers Don’t Earn A Lot Of Money And How To Be One Of The Few Who Do

by Tom Hess


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Most guitar teachers struggle to earn significant money (6-figures per year), but you can become one of the few who do, when you:
  • Understand the true reasons why most guitar teachers don’t become successful.
     
  • Learn exactly what to do to attract more students, help them become better guitar players and build a strong reputation throughout your area.
     
  • Actually do the things that make you successful.

Here are the top reasons why most guitar teachers don't earn a lot of money and how you can become the #1 guitar teacher in your area:
 

Reason #1 - Lack Of Guitar Teaching Skills

Many guitar teachers don’t know how to help their students reach their musical goals.

This happens because many teachers have little to no training on how to teach guitar. Most learn to teach through trial and error or by copying other guitar teachers.

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What do you think happens if you copy the way most teachers teach their students? Answer: Your guitar students get the same results and you develop the same reputation that most other guitar teachers have.

When you stand out as the best, most skilled teacher in your area, attracting a lot of guitar students becomes easy.

Action step for you: Commit to becoming the best guitar teacher you can be for your students and develop the skills you need to get there.
 

Why Copying Other Guitar Teachers Doesn't Make MoneyReason #2 – Believing In Guitar Teaching Myths

Here are the most common myths guitar teachers believe in:

Myth #1: You will fill your teaching schedule faster by charging less money for lessons than other teachers.

Reality: This strategy may work in the short term, but in the long term it hurts you more than it helps you. Students who are motivated by cheap guitar lessons often don’t stay committed to lessons long term.

Myth #2: “It’s better to promote yourself as a teacher for all styles, ages and skill levels, in order to attract more students”.

Reality: The most serious guitar students seek out expert guitar teachers who specialize in the exact style they want to learn.

Myth #3: “It is not worth the effort to advertise your guitar lessons during the summer, because few people look for guitar lessons in the summer.”

Reality: There are guitar students looking for lessons every single month of the year. You can attract a lot of new students during the summer if you do not stop your marketing efforts like most guitar teachers do.

Action step for you: Build your teaching business based on the strategies the most successful teachers use - not on myths that most other guitar teachers believe in.
 
 
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Reason #3 - Using Ineffective Guitar Teaching Models

Most guitar teachers earn a lot less than they should because they teach private 1-1 lessons.

Here is why this limits your income:

  1. Your income is always restricted by the amount of hours you can teach.
     
  2. Your hourly income is always limited by your hourly lesson rate.
     
  3. Teaching guitar becomes overwhelming, because you have to work a lot of hours just to earn enough money to live on.

Most teachers also spend time doing things they never get paid for, such as: chasing students for late payments, teaching makeup lessons, preparing lesson materials and doing administrative issues.

This leaves you with little time (and energy) to work on improving your teaching skills or do other things to increase your income.

Action step for you: teach your guitar students in groups (at least some of the time). This frees up your schedule, helps your students develop the skills they can only learn in group lessons and allows you to earn more money.
 
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Reason #4 – Treating Guitar Teaching Like A Job

Most guitar teachers don’t think about teaching guitar as a business - they treat it like a job.

This means they do the work of teaching guitar lessons… but do little to actually grow their business.

At a job, you only make money while you work... you stop getting paid as soon as you stop working.

A business earns you money whether you are there or not. This means your income is not limited by the number of hours you can work. It also means you can help a lot more people become better guitar players.
 
Action step for you: Think of yourself as a business owner and not just a guitar teacher. This mindset shift helps you take the right actions to earn as much money as you want to earn teaching guitar.
 

Reason #5 – Limiting Beliefs

Many guitar teachers don’t earn a lot of money simply because they don’t think it’s realistic (for them) to do so. They see other teachers around them not earning much and think that this is how life is when you teach guitar.

Truth is: building a successful guitar teaching business is no different than building any other successful business. You have the same income potential as any other business owner.

Action step for you: Use the tips in this article to improve your teaching business, so you earn a lot more money than most guitar teachers.

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Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He trains guitar teachers from all over the world how to earn 6-figures per year teaching guitar, while working less than 40 hours per week. 

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