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Use Your Musical Talents to Earn Money


If you have a talent for music, then you can get started making extra money with very little overhead. Have you ever considered offering musical lessons? Keep reading to learn more about it.

Kids usually become interested in music during their school days. Some schools don’t have as comprehensive a musical program as they used to. If you want to learn to play an instrument yourself or to get your child into lessons, then you have to find a private instructor. That means that someone could be looking for the services of someone accomplished in playing an instrument.

Getting Started

You don’t have to be a certified teacher to teach music from your home. However, your clients will want to know your qualifications. This will help to determine the types of per-hour rates you can command from your students. If you have a degree in music or you have played in a band or work in a music store, then you may be able to find clients who will want to learn from you.

Because you are likely working from your home, check with local business agencies to see if your area is zoned for a home-based business. Even if you are working part-time, you may still need a business license. File the proper forms before you hold your first class.

Get the word out about your music lessons. Decide first if you will specialize in one instrument (for example guitar), one category of instruments (e.g. woodwinds) or a variety of instruments that you play. Also, will these be beginner lessons to introduce them to the instrument or more advanced training?

The important thing here is your ability to teach. If you can translate what you know into a lesson format for a student, then you are on your way to a money-making enterprise.

Here are a few tips for setting up your musical studio.

Contact your local music store – If students get their instruments from a local establishment, they may be inclined to let you teach them there as well. You could negotiate a contract with them for use of their studio space for your lessons.

Contact community colleges – They may be interested in hiring an instructor to teach various music lessons. This could work out great if you play the piano. You can use their instrument instead of buying one of your own.

Contact the secondary school system – Schools may be interested in offering musical lessons to their students as an elective or part of their arts curriculum. Here, you will have to check to see if they require a teaching license or a degree in music to qualify you to work for them in this capacity.

Work from your home – How you set up a home studio will depend on your house and what type of music area you already have set up. You won’t need to worry about acoustics if soundproofing isn’t a problem. Make sure that you have a dedicated area that is away from the rest of the family so that you and your students can focus.

If you have a talent for music, you can pass it on to others and make some extra money.