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Why You Need To Teach Music Lessons

Why You Need To Teach Music Lessons  (August 22 2014)


You need to earn money.

Most young musicians are aware that a music career is not viewed as a path towards a guaranteed stable income. Grappling with this truth sometimes deceives aspiring musicians to believe that money doesn't matter. This is a luxury that rarely lasts for long. You need money. You need to support yourself. You will probably have dependents someday. You will probably want a nice place to live someday. You will regret it someday if you don't have any money to retire. The longevity of your career depends on your well-being and your financial security. This is a force you can only ignore for a limited time.


You're ready right now.

If you can play, and understand music, and organize your life, and treat people with respect and consideration, then you can teach. You do not need to go to school to learn how to teach, although some people do choose that path. Although teaching is a skill like any other, an earnest and attentive beginner is much better at it than a jaded and irritable veteran.


It pays reasonably well.

Beginning music teachers usually earn around $20-30 per hour, and a top music teacher in a major metropolitan area in the US can command up to $100 per hour. Some of the best earn $200 per hour or more.


You need respect and recognition.

Regardless of what anyone would have you believe, teaching has always commanded great respect. When you have an active list of students, you'll understand the meaning of this. Some students have a way of making you feel like you're the smartest person in the world.


You can make great contacts, and even new friends.

It's advised not to fraternize with your students, at least as long as they're studying with you. But it's not unheard of to make a life-changing professional contact, or even your future spouse, through teaching. I've landed some great gigs through my former students. And Dvorak met his wife that way, the lecher.


You are not famous.

Only a few people in the world are so powerful that they have their own personal shopper.  The rest of us have to perform services for others at least some of the time. Teaching can help you to get out of your own head and think about the needs of others.


Some people find teaching to be more meaningful than performing.

The vast majority of your fans and listeners will never know you, admire you and respect you as much as your most sincere student. That's because when you teach this student, they can learn to do what they most desire to do—just as you had that desire once, now you can help someone else in the fulfillment of their own wish. If you haven't found meaning in this act of sharing, you can't know what you're missing.


©2014 Hub Guitar, LLC. Published on Music Clout.


Grey founded Hub Guitar to focus on advancing the cause of guitar education through online and in-person guitar lessons.


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