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BECOMING NUMBER 1 GUITAR TEACHER

Bottom line: 99% of all guitar teachers fail to earn a good living or get great results for their students. Why? Most of them accept 'below average' as their standard for achievement instead of putting out great effort to get the best results for their students. To become the most successful guitar teacher around, you must NOT make this same mistake!

The good news is, it's not as difficult as you think to become the leading guitar teacher in your local area with the most students and the most profitable business. The first step to doing this is understanding why the majority of guitar teachers are unsuccessful and learning which steps to take in order to achieve success for you.

These are the five biggest reasons why guitar teachers will never achieve success in their teaching businesses and the details for how 'you' can avoid their mistakes to become the leader for guitar instruction in your city:

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #1: Copying Other Guitar Teachers

When you copy what other guitar teachers are doing, you are very unlikely to ever become highly successful. Here is why:

1. The majority of people teaching guitar are not successful. Therefore, when you copy the methods used by these people (either marketing or approaches to teaching students), you will only head down the same path of failure.

2. Even when you attempt to copy what the more successful guitar teachers in your area are doing, you do not know the entire strategy that goes into their efforts - you are only seeing a small portion of the 'tactics' being used. A tactic is one action that is taken to complete a single objective. This includes things like placing ads in the news paper, improving the design of your guitar teaching website or putting flyers in different locations around town. In contrast, a 'strategy' is the overarching mental process that connects tactics together in order to achieve many different medium and long-term goals. A strategy exists well below the surface of what you observe and it is something you will be unable to imitate without a deep understanding of the inner workings of someone's business.

3. When you attempt to be like other teachers in your location, you are essentially transforming your guitar lessons into a 'commodity' (something that can be found anywhere such as a slice of pizza). In other words, your guitar lessons lose any sense of being unique in the eyes of your prospective guitar students while being compared to other local teachers. This puts you in the position of trying to achieve competitive advantage based on price alone (leading you to trying to become the cheapest teacher around). However, most of the truly committed guitar students usually understand that "you get what you pay for" when it comes to lessons. As a result, you will quickly build a reputation for being a mediocre quality guitar teacher and at best will only gain the interest of non-serious guitar players who don't show up to lessons on time, don't practice and are late with lesson payments.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:

Rather than copying individual tactics from other guitar teachers and blindly developing your business, use the approach of successful guitar teachers:

  • Work with a trainer to learn how to 'teach guitar' and 'build a successful guitar teaching business'. This is the best way to put together your own unique business strategy while using the most effective guitar teaching methods to get the best results for your students.
  • Rather than marketing your lessons as 'general' guitar lessons, focus on ONE musical style to teach and become the leading expert in your area for that specific style. This will instantly place you at the top of anyone's list who wants to play that style of guitar and will help you get the attention of more serious students. At first, this may seem illogical, however, 9 times out of ten; guitar teachers who teach in a specific (but still well-known) musical style niche are much more successful than those who attempt to become a jack-of-all-trades.
  • When determining the price for your lessons, charge AT LEAST a little bit above average. By charging 'more', your students will feel much more motivated to practice more frequently and improve because they are paying more for their lessons. Charging more helps keep them accountable to themselves because they don't want to waste all the money they are spending.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #2: Having Misconceptions about Marketing and Making Money

If you believe that it is 'wrong' to desire making a ton of money as a guitar teacher, you will NEVER become the lead instructor in your area or earn good money teaching lessons. You will also not achieve success in your guitar teaching business if you think that you don't need to market yourself because you can just 'teach guitar really well' (or that word of mouth is the only ethical way to build a business). A lot of guitar instructors think it is unethical to desire making tons of money from teaching guitar. This causes them to never take action to promote them and grow their businesses. Here is why this kind of mindset is Lose/Lose:

  • You'll struggle to earn enough money to get by since you won't be taking the necessary actions to grow your business at a bigger level.
  • Guitar students in your local area will suffer because your belief system will cause you to build a business that prevents you from growing beyond a certain number of students. There are countless guitar players in your area who truly desire your help but will never get the opportunity to work with you due to your views. With this in mind, it is definitely realistic to want to teach 100+ students once you have the correct systems in place (and you can do so working 15 hours or less per week!).

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:

Take on the mindset that highly successful guitar teachers have about earning money. These teachers know that:

  • When you make more money, you can put it back into your guitar teaching business for your student's direct benefit. Once you start earning more money in your business, you can offer your students great things that they didn't have access to before, such as: a professional studio environment to work in, quality recording equipment, top notch instruments for rental, expanded learning spaces (for group classes) and other benefits such as annual parties or jam sessions.
  • To earn more money and feel 100% justified in charging above average for guitar lessons, you need to dedicate yourself to becoming the 'best' at what you do. So the motivation to grow a highly profitable business is part of offering the highest value and greatest results possible for your guitar students. This is yet another reason why the most successful guitar teachers all get trained to teach guitar effectively.

Once you are aware that you have the ability to change the musical lives of your students and help them accomplish their greatest goals, it becomes your 'moral duty' to work with as many guitar students as you can and help them become the players they want to be.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #3: Not Investing Much Time into Growing Your Guitar Teaching Business

When you exclusively spend your time on building lesson plans, sorting through administrative tasks/payments, thinking of new materials and other smaller teaching tasks you will not become hugely successful. These things are certainly necessary to work on, however, you must also focus on building your guitar teaching business as a whole in order to become truly successful as a guitar teacher. If you neglect doing this, your guitar teaching business is likely to diminish (meaning you lose more students than you gain) over time. This is one of the main reasons why so many guitar teachers go out of business.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:

In addition to performing any of the usual guitar teaching tasks you must complete, invest time each week into furthering your guitar teaching business. For example, take the time to develop strategies for gaining new students, keeping students longer, getting referrals and creating a strong teaching policy. Write down all of your medium and long term goals as well as the actions you must take to reach them. Then take action each week based on what you have written down.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #4: Having Little or No Passion for Guitar Teaching

You can have all the guitar teaching skill in the world but it will do you NO good if you don't have passion for what you are doing. Without passion, teaching guitar for a living becomes the same as working a 9-5 day job (causing you to accept lower standards). Since working a 'normal job' does not feel rewarding enough to motivate you to improve, you are unlikely to take action to grow your guitar teaching business and become a better teacher. Result: you will inevitably fail. In addition, your guitar students will quickly pick up on your lack of enthusiasm and mirror it back to you (by not practicing, apply what you teach them, etc.).

On the other hand, the most successful guitar teachers ALL have a strong passion for teaching guitar. They teach because they love it in addition to making a living from it. When you have passion for teaching guitar, your students will notice and feel inspired from it.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:

To become passionate for what you do, you need to clearly identify your reasons for wanting to become successful at it. You must understand what goals guitar teaching achieves for you. Once you do this, you will be able to utilize the excitement you have for these goals in the form of motivation to be the best guitar teacher you can be. This will help you to not only enjoy teaching more, but to inspire your students and help them advance in their musical lives.

Why Guitar Teachers Fail, Reason #5: Accepting Mediocre Guitar Teaching Skills

There is nothing more harmful to your reputation as a guitar teacher than continually offering mediocre lessons that don't get great results for your students. This is commonly what happens for teachers when they become comfortable going through the same processes every day without actively trying to improve their teaching skills. Compare this to other businesses where you could be sued/get into legal trouble if you are not providing the results your clients paid for, or claimed to be qualified for something when you really weren't. Of course, guitar teachers are not licensed in the same way as doctors, lawyers and other professionals. This leaves the door wide open for teachers who are truly unqualified and do not get real results for their students.

What You Need To Do Instead To Become The #1 Guitar Teacher In Your Area:

Understand that your guitar students are not paying you for anything other than RESULTS - their musical lives are in your hands. You will either help them become great musicians or hold them back causing them to struggle for many years before getting back on track with their goals. This is why you must always work to become a better teacher so you can give your students the best possible results.

Note: merely being a good guitarist or going to university to study music is NOT the same as actually learning 'how to TEACH guitar to others', so being a good player is no substitute for continual guitar teacher success training.

What to do next:

Once you understand the ideas discussed above, it's time to start implementing what you've learned so you can become the leading guitar teacher in your area. By applying the points of this article into your guitar teaching business, you will become more successful than you could have ever imagined - all while helping your students become excellent guitarists and musicians.

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