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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.
 
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.
 
Beyond the Music Lesson is an interview style podcast about learning music, teaching music, and parenting music students. Hosts Abigail Peterson and Christine Goodner share from their own experiences growing up learning music, as teachers, and as parents and each episode also features an interview with an expert to help share useful tips and information with listeners. Listen weekly for inspiration!
 
Formerly the Find Your Forte podcast - Step up to the podium with purpose and make the most of your public or private school's choral program with solutions you never saw coming! Join Choir Ninja, Ryan Guth as he brings you weekly interviews with veteran in-the-trenches choral directors on how to manage your choir, teach concepts like sight-singing and group vocal technique, market your program, and help inspire a love of choral music in your students each day.
 
The Crossing The Break Podcast discusses the nuts and bolts of teaching clarinet at the beginning and intermediate levels. We will cover aspects of playing clarinet including tone, embouchure, hand position, tonguing, technique, range, fingerings, tuning and other clarinet-specific items. These ideas can be applied to beginning clarinet class, beginning band, intermediate or advanced clarinetists, and in an individual or group setting. The host of this podcast is Tamarie Sayger. A 1999 music ...
 
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Business Building 101 starts this week! This 12-week course is all about building a strong foundation for a financially-sustainable business, and I’ll be walking through it with another live cohort of teachers. You’ll get weekly video lessons to complete whenever it’s convenient and you can join the live office hours to get personalized help and ha…
 
Business Building 101 starts this week! As I mentioned in previous weeks, I’ll be bringing another live cohort of teachers through the Business Building 101 program. This 12-week course is all about building a strong foundation for a financially-sustainable business. You’ll get weekly video lessons to complete whenever it’s convenient and you can j…
 
Today’s mini interview is with Scarlette Kerr, a teacher who went from having a very part-time studio while in grad school to building a strong student roster within seven months, even with COVID happening. We talk about being a musician AND business owner, time management, and self-promotion. Scarlette also happens to be the winner of the startup …
 
Richard McCready returns to the show to bring in the new year. We reflect on what we learned over the past year and discuss how music teachers can challenge their perception of tradition, creativity, and learning process, moving forward. Of course we also share our app and album picks of the week. Show Notes: METT Season 2, Episode 1 - Digital Orga…
 
Often when I interview studio owners, there’s one specific element of their business that I want to highlight and delve into, but I’ve gotten to know today’s guest over the last year or so and there were so many big and little things about the way they run their studio that are really cool and I wanted you to hear about. We’ll touch on a lot of dif…
 
Business Building 101 is starting January 18! Join this live cohort by registering for the course at musicstudiostartup.com/courses Happy new year! As I ease back into my regular routine, I’m popping in today with a quick announcement and a mini podcast interview. First, the announcement. As I mentioned in previous weeks, I’ll be bringing another l…
 
Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba, joins Robby to talk about the stellar audio apps they make and how Robby is using them in the music classroom both before and during COVID. Show Notes: Rogue Amoeba Website: Macaudio.com Robby’s Scale Exercise Play-Along Tracks Stream Deck Rogue Amoeba Apps: Audio Hijack Loopback Sound Source Piezo Farrago Fission…
 
Business Building 101 will be back in January! Join this live cohort by registering for the course at musicstudiostartup.com/courses What a year it’s been. It’s been hard in big, life-altering ways and in incredibly mundane ways. This year, more than usual, I’m looking forward to the symbolically fresh start and optimism that a new year brings. Wit…
 
Show Notes: Tyler S. Grant Brian Balmages Sibelius Dorico StaffPad for iPad Copy and paste from StaffPad with finger gestures Logic Pro Ableton Live OmniFocus Freedom app My Store | robbyburns.com/store Robby’s Scale Exercise Play-Along Tracks Sponsor Music Ed Tech Talk Last Episode’s Show Notes (complete with TikTok concerning the recent “We Wish …
 
You might already be cringing at the title to this episode, so first a little background. Jason and I are both alumni of an entrepreneurial training program called College Works Painting. My time in this program was hugely influential in my life and career and it’s where I got my first taste of sales training. I am constantly drawing on my sales ex…
 
BIG NEWS! Business Building 101 will be back in 2021 with another live cohort! Check out musicstudiostartup.com/courses to enroll. Today I’m talking to a piano teacher who is in the early stages of transitioning his private studio into a multi-teacher studio. In order to be sustainable, there are some foundational things that have to change to when…
 
A couple of weeks ago I aired an episode with Ryan Benthall about different lead generation platforms like TakeLessons.com and Thumbtack. After hearing Ryan talk about the different platforms and the business models behind them, my economics nerd radar was buzzing. This was a perfect illustration of incentives and how they influence consumer and bu…
 
Robby’s cohost from The Class Nerd podcast, Craig McClellan, returns to talk about recent smart home and Apple purchases, speakers with digital assistants, technology and music we are thankful for. Sponsor Music Ed Tech Talk! Do you have a product or service related to music or technology that you would love to get in front of music educators? Reac…
 
I get a lot of questions about online platforms like TakeLessons.com and Thumbtack, that connect teachers with students. I haven’t used these platforms myself, but after Allie Tyler mentioned in our interview a couple of weeks ago how she used Thumbtack to build her studio, I wanted to investigate further. When I met a teacher who had firsthand exp…
 
Will Kuhn joins the show to talk about Apple’s new Macs, teaching electronic music, home automation, and his forthcoming book, Electronic Music School. Show Notes: We recorded this episode right after last week's Apple event! People have now used and reviewed these machines! I recommend this one, this one, and this one. Other topics include: Apple …
 
Today, on what happens to be Veteran’s Day in the US, I’m honored to be talking to a Vietnam Veteran and guitar teacher for a non-profit organization that aims to brighten the lives of veterans who suffer from physical and mental wounds from their times of service. You’ll hear about how their mission is shaped by those they serve, how they raise fu…
 
As I prep and schedule this podcast episode, it’s still October, but if you listen to it on the day it comes out, it’s the day after the presidential election in the U.S. It’s been quite a year. Stress levels have been high. And I thought we might just need a little humor this week. So I’m rebroadcasting an episode I aired back in April. I’ve got t…
 
Thanks to my sponsor this month, Flat for Education. Dr. Frank Buck returns to the show for Part 2 of the Productivity Boot Camp mini-series to talk all about managing calendars, handling email, time tracking, and automation! Dr. Frank Buck is a productivity master with a background in band directing and administration. I share my knowledge of Appl…
 
We cover a range of topics in today’s episode: everything from branding and marketing, to starting a new studio in a new state, to building a business model that prioritizes flexible time and passive income. Allie talks about how a year of traveling and living in a van gave her clarity on her values as a teacher and entrepreneur and how she gradual…
 
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about fiscal sponsorship as a way of launching a foundation or community-oriented project without having to set up an official non-profit organization. Today we’re shifting gears and I’m interviewing the executive director of a more traditional 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This foundation has …
 
Thanks to my sponsors this month, Flat for Education. Dr. Frank Buck returns to the show for the kick-off of my mini-series, Productivity Boot Camp! Dr. Frank Buck is a productivity master with a background in band directing and administration. I share my knowledge of Apple products and native third-party apps, and he shares his experience with web…
 
In last week’s episode, we got a great introduction to the concept of fiscal sponsorship from the San Francisco Study Center. Today, I’m talking to a world-renowned bass player, Terry Miller, who has used the fiscal sponsorship model to start a foundation that brings music to kids, both locally and globally. Terry is joined by the head of the board…
 
I often hear from music teachers who have aspirations to start nonprofit organizations or to have a non-profit component of their music schools. Their ideas are noble and awesome, but sometimes they never get very far off the ground because of the complexities that come with starting and maintaining an official tax-exempt organization, or 501(c)3, …
 
Dr. Christopher Cicconi, Assistant Professor of Music Education, and Director of Bands and Orchestra at Towson University, joins the show to talk about selecting meaningful repertoire for your ensemble. We also talk about score study with iPad Pro apps, involving yourself in your music teaching community, and yes, I go on a tangent about my favorit…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a music school in the Boston area who started by teaching guitar out of her spare bedroom and now has a school with three commercial locations and a staff of over 30 teachers serving more than 500 students. We talk a lot about finances in the conversation. More specifically, how Lauren decided when to bootstrap and…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a studio that has only been open for a couple of months! I know a lot of my listeners are in the early stages of starting their businesses so hopefully this provides some encouragement. Although we’re recording during the pandemic, which presents its own special set of challenges, we also talk about some classic st…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a boutique voice studio about how she rebranded her studio to make it more about her students and less about her. You’ll hear all about how she introduced the new brand, how it was received by studio parents, and how her students have taken ownership of the studio community, to the point where they’ve even develope…
 
Thanks to my sponsor this month, MusicFirst David MacDonald returns to the show to talk about the hardware and software in our virtual teaching setups. Then we speculate about touchscreen Macs and consider how Apple's recent App Store policies might impact the future of creative professional software on iOS. Topics include: New Zoom features for mu…
 
Today’s guest is both a music teacher (drummer!) and counselor. Johnny Hunter, talks about how we can make our studios safe spaces for students going through hard things and also how to handle situations where we might notice behavior or have a conversation with a student that is concerning. Full transcript and show notes at musicstudiostartup.com/…
 
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