As I have said more than once, it is difficult to describe the graduate piano pedagogy programs that were offered at The New School for Music Study because the curriculum was comprehensive in scope. At the end of my last blog, I pointed out that nothing was left unexamined, including the business of managing a successful piano studio. Even if you have been teaching for years, you may want to read this post to learn about what was emphasized and then compare your own approach to handling business dealings.
When did you begin your studio in Austin?
I thought I would never want to be an independent piano teacher. The 15 year-old version of Scott Donald saw my future as getting a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate then teaching in college. That vision has followed me for many years. I now find myself as the 50 yea- old version of Scott Donald doing something that I never thought I would want to do – an independent piano teacher. For the first time in my life I am not teaching at a college or community music school. Studio A, my studio name, officially opened this Fall 2015. It was a gradual process. I had taught privately for a few years in Austin with other primary responsibilities associated elsewhere. The thought of opening an independent studio from nothing is a daunting task. I was fortunate in that I had an established reputation in Austin and access to students already.
Before I go to sleep, I call my mother at her home out in Ohio. “Do you think,” she wonders, “those lessons you had years ago made any difference?” Those were lessons she probably couldn’t afford, and I practiced on a piano she hand to rent. You bet it made a difference, I tell her.
– Noah Adams
Editor’s note: Julie Baskinger was on faculty at The New School for Music Study prior to relocating to Wisconson. In a recent conversation with Julie, I learned about her valuable and exciting contributions to a thriving community music school.
Continue reading “Focus on Independent Music Schools: Prairie Music & Arts – an interview with Julie Baskinger”
This new series will focus on those who have succeeded in establishing thriving independent businesses. Judith Jain was on faculty at the New School for Music study before moving to Tampa, Florida with her husband. She first established a successful home studio before taking the plunge and opening her piano academy.
As a former colleague and always friend, Judith consulted with me and many others as she embarked on her new venture. I knew that she had a business plan to start, a good head for business, and an opportunity for a rental property that was ultimately too tempting to resist. Even so, it was stunning to witness the rapid growth of her academy. I was particularly impressed that Judith was quickly able to develop a good relationship with a Yamaha piano store. I asked Judith to share some of her experience with our readers so far. For more information, click on the link below: