From gigging musicians to recording artists, making a living in music changed with COVID-19. What didn’t change is the need for knowledgeable people to help the next generation of musicians come up. Teaching online music lessons is perfect if you’re a musician who travels, prefers working remotely, or just wants to expand your student base.
Online music lessons aren’t that much different from traditional lessons. The only major difference – obviously – is you’re not in the same room. A remote lesson is easy enough to accomplish. Simply get together on a video conferencing application like Zoom or Skype and away you go.
This can be as simple as using the built in camera and microphone on your phone or laptop, or you can build a sophisticated rig complete with multiple mics and cameras, and screen sharing. Just bear in mind that no matter how extensive your setup is, your students won’t have that same set up.
More than just a temporary adjustment to the pandemic, offering online music lessons can be beneficial in a number of ways. First and foremost, teaching online means you can greatly expand your reach. Instead of being limited to your local area, you’ve got pretty much the whole world of potential students available.
If you’ve got a simple laptop setup, teaching online also means you can travel (on a tour, for example) and still be available for lessons, making your income steadier when you’re not at home. Online music lessons also save commute time and can be a money saver – especially if you had to rent space to teach in. Not to mention, online teaching is potentially more efficient, because you can create lesson plans that apply to many students, and even offer online courses that don’t require your real-time presence. All in all, these benefits lead to the potential for much better revenue overall.
Teaching online can be quite profitable. Because you can eliminate many costs, reach students more efficiently, and expand your market, teaching online has the potential to upgrade your earning potential significantly.
As you build a reputation, you can take on higher-paying clients, which will allow you to take on fewer students overall and give them the best attention possible. This will further grow your reputation as an excellent teacher, and that will allow you to set your own rates and rules both online and in person. Getting into this cycle of excellence is one of the best ways to be profitable.
If you’re ready to teach music online, you can get started right away. If you’ve got current students, you may have already discussed moving to online lessons, and all you have to do is jump in. Simply choose a platform – Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for example – and set up a meeting.
For the first session with a new online student, you might want to set aside an extra 15 minutes at the beginning of the lesson to work out any kinks. Make sure they can hear you and make sure you can hear their playing well enough and see what they’re doing.
If you’re looking for brand new online students, you can go a number of ways. You could launch your own website or apply to join an established online music school, and both of these paths have merit. One of the quickest and most effective ways to teach music online, however, is to set up a profile on Fiverr.
Fiverr has a thriving community of musicians and music students, and provides the perfect platform for you to find new students right away. Before you dive in, you might want to work out your initial home setup – computer, audio, video, and any tools such as music stand, notepads, or notation software you might need. As mentioned above, your setup needn’t be too extensive. Finally, make sure you have a clear lesson plan for each student before you meet.
Now is as good a time as ever to start teaching music online. You’ve got the knowledge and the skill, now all you need is students. Join Fiverr today to get started.