I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can come to for all of your IMT needs. I’m sure that I will add more to the list as time goes on, so please check back often. Below are some of the tools and resources that have helped me the most as an Independent Music Teacher.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these recommendations, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel that they will help you to meet your goals and gain more freedom in your teaching or personal life.
Studio Management Software
Music Teacher’s Helper – Watch my video: How To Setup Automatic Invoices and Late Fees In Four Minutes
I highly recommend getting some software to help manage your studio. There are many good options, but Music Teacher’s Helper is the one I trust and use with my own studio. Some of my favorite features are the automatic invoicing, the simplified communication with parents, and the ability for parents to login on your website.
If you use my link, you will get an exclusive Free IMT deal (one month free and 20% off your second month). Because I get a small commission, I will also send you my eBook for free: “Getting Organized With Music Teacher’s Helper.”
Kevin Olson Music Club – Kevin Olson is a very accomplished composer whom I have the privilege of knowing. In this online music club, Kevin provides three pieces of music (of varying difficulty levels) every month for only $4.95. To make it even better, members of his Music Club can print off as many versions of the pieces as they like for their personal studios.
This is not an affiliate link (I won’t get anything if you join), but it’s a great resource. I REALLY like his music, so I jumped on this as soon as I heard about it.
Musicnotes.com – This is a great place to get digital sheet music because you can sync your purchased music across all your devices. Also, when you purchase a piece it is very easy to print copies for your students. I use this often for teaching my students to read lead sheets or to find a good arrangement of a recent pop song.
Coupon for Free IMTs: Use the code MNFE4SR947 to get $5 off of your purchase! This code is only valid during January 2016, so use it soon. (Purchases must be at least $20.)
Education For The IMT
The Savvy Music Teacher by David Cutler
The subtitle for The Savvy Music Teacher is “Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact” and is kind of like a sequel to David Cutler’s The Savvy Musician.
I think this is a great book that will help you think through many important aspects of your business: both in defining how you will impact others and in how you will put food on the table. Also, the book was published in October of 2015 and includes many modern examples (over 150!) of “Savvy Music Teachers.” That’s basically another version of “Free IMTs” 🙂
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
The One Thing is amazing! The subtitle is “The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.” The authors talk about a powerful perspective on productivity that blew my mind. I recommend this book to everyone, even those who aren’t IMTs.
If you feel like you never have enough time, you don’t seem to get much done, or just want a good book to read next, check this out!
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
As Independent Music Teachers, we are business owners; there is no way around that. In The Personal MBA Josh Kaufman does an incredible job of introducing important business concepts in a way that is easy to understand and interesting.
This book does not have to be read from cover to cover. I use it as a reference book for ideas, and sometimes even read it just for fun. From marketing to finance to human psychology, Kaufman takes complicated business concepts and simplifies them into their most fundamental form.
A priceless reference for all things business-related!
To be continued…