3 Things Guitar Teachers Should Avoid Saying
I am in a privileged position where I get to speak to guitar teachers almost everyday so I am able to see the challenges they face. There are many reasons why some guitar teachers succeed while others fail but as with everything there are some standouts. Here are three that seem to be common.
“I only teach serious guitar students”
Many guitar teachers are looking for the perfect student. They immediately disqualify students who are in some way a challenge. The problem is they don’t grow as teachers. We become better teachers by taking on challenges. For example many guitar teachers won’t teach young children believing they are not ready. The truth is the teacher lacks the knowledge and experience but this shouldn’t stop them from learning how. Watching students develop and grow through each and every stage is an amazing experience.
“I’m doing just fine thank you very much”
A big reason teachers fail is ego. None of us like to admit that our egos are making many of our decisions but we know it’s true. We know in many cases especially with our businesses that we need help yet we fail to ask for advice. I recently spoke to a guitar teacher who said that he didn’t have any challenges in his teaching business. He said everything was going well. A minute later he said he had recently lost a lot of students so was currently looking at some new marketing ideas to bring his numbers back up. Think about what he said here. Firstly he has no challenges yet he has recently lost a lot of students. His ego was not allowing him to question why he was losing so many students. This is very common. Rather then admitting things may be less than perfect he was choosing to ignore the problem.
“I don’t teach for money”
We are guitarists and our first love is music. For most of us we just want enough money to pay our bills and buy the occasional new guitar, amp etc. When I ask guitar teachers what they want to earn they give vague answers like “Just enough to be comfortable” or “I have never really thought about it” or the classic “I am not in it for the money”. The problem with these answers is they aren’t specific and this creates an underlying conflict. It most cases the teacher is sabotaging their chances of growth because they are subconsciously avoiding the task of setting a clear financial goal. To succeed at anything you must first decide on what it is you are trying achieve. As teachers this should be obvious. To avoid this problem set a clear financial target and don’t be afraid to aim high. If you are happy with $50k per year then aim for $100k. If you want $100k aim for $200k. You can always donate the extra to charity if you really don’t want the extra money.
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