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how to minimize the headaches and increase
your steady income.
for Voice Teachers
questions or need assistance?
Creating a Successful Vocal Studio
vocal studio is a business and requires skills above and beyond
teaching. You will be more successful with effective organization
and set policies. Here are a few tips to point you in the right
Require a curriculum.
Determine which curriculum materials best suit your training style
and require purchase with the first lesson. This requirement demands
commitment from the student and provides needed structure. Every
class has a textbook - singing should not be an exception.
payment in advance. Absolutely no exceptions.
First Lesson: Lesson cost plus your curriculum materials.
Following Lessons: Monthly payment by check or credit card on
file. This clause may seem harsh or difficult to enforce at first,
but it is VERY important to the success of your studio. Don't
allow "no shows" to run your business into the ground.
Weed out qualified students from those that are not committed,
save yourself a lot of administration time, and enable yourself
to concentrate on teaching instead of collecting money and making
appointments by requiring payment in advance.
possible, hire a business manager or assistant.
Having someone else handling the money and arranging the lesson
times for you will make your students appreciate your time and
take scheduled appointments more seriously. It also makes it much
easier to enforce policies you have in place. If you are unable
to hire someone, schedule your administration time and take care
of it the same time every week. It makes things easier and saves
NOT provide free lessons/ interviews for "possible"
Many students or parents may ask to meet you prior to signing
up for lessons. Unless you are a vocal school with an open house
opportunity, do not waste your time and never give a lesson away
for free. Your time is much too valuable and you have a light
bill to pay too. Speak to the student/parent briefly on the telephone
and refer them to your web site for more information.
at least 48 hours for rescheduling. No cancellations.
Rescheduling exceptions only for medical or family emergencies.
Set yourself up for success. If a match feels uncomfortable (for
any reason - age, vocal challenges personality), or if you feel
like they will not be committed to your class, refer them to another
in your local phone book.
You might be lucky enough to be the only one listed.
your studio online.
In today's world, you must have a web site, whether it is a dedicated
web site for just you or a directory listing such as those found
at http://vocal-coaches.com. If possible, put as much information
as you can on your site so that when students or parents ask questions
you can answer them briefly...and then refer them to your web
site. It will save you many hours of answering the same questions
over and over and over again.
with local school newsletters and network with other local singing
Most choral directors and school music teachers have very little
time left over for private student training and would welcome
a network opportunity or another teacher in their corner. Work
together as a team and everyone wins!
with local Karaoke Stores.
Many times these establishments do not have an affiliation with
a qualified vocal training, but host numerous talent competitions.
This is a great way to get more exposure and meet new students.
prepared to train various styles of music.
Many vocal teachers limit themselves to old school training and
classical music. While every student can benefit from this type
of training, many students are intimidated by classical arias
and opera music, while others have no interest in singing music
other than what they hear on the radio. Singing is singing. Teaching
all styles of music will not only open your studio up to many
more singers, but will have your singers be more well-rounded
to current student parents.
Parents will purchase everything in your training tool library
one item at a time if they know it will help their child. Display
your available tools in your vocal studio where parents can see
them and encourage questions. Give qualified answers. Don't sell
them what they don't need.
There are many training tools that can help you teach more effectively
and enhance the student's training experience. These tools include
metronomes/tuners, vocal health items and additional vocal warm-up
material to further their education.
a vocal training studio or teaching voice lessons as a career can
be easy....or it can be difficult. Use these tips and organized
curriculums to TeachSMART, not Hard! For support, please visit our
and submit your question to SingSMART Vocal Studios.