You’ve decided to move forward, perhaps tentatively or maybe with gusto. Either way, I think it’s important that we lay out our goals for this program so we can make sure we’re all on the same page.
If you’re going to become a great mentor for the new teachers in your studio, you’re going to need confidence and clarity. They deserve a leader with a vision that they can follow and learn from.
If you take on this model for your growing music studio, you are expanding its core purpose.
Taking on new and inexperienced teachers means accepting the responsibility to provide ongoing training for them. They should be better teachers at the end of their time with you than they would have been if they’d gone out on their own.
One of the strengths and weaknesses of our industry is the lack of regulation or oversight. This can be an enormous benefit, as it means we can do things in our way and on our own terms.
But it also means that students and their parents can get lost in a sea of teachers with no real way to determine the quality of the instruction. By taking on mentee teachers, we can ensure the quality of the instruction for more students than we could by running a one-teacher studio.
We can also offer our studio families more stability than they would otherwise get with a young teacher. It’s natural for many college students and young professionals to take on some students for a few years before deciding to go in another direction with their career. However, this can be detrimental to a young musician who may be turned off by the idea of finding another teacher or may just not get around to it.
As an established studio, we can provide continuity even if their teacher moves on. We can make that transition feel seamless for the student if we do it right.
If you’re out to make as much money as possible, the mentorship model is probably not the one for you. It may be more efficient than taking on more students yourself, but it still relies on your time to oversee the work of your mentee teachers and ensure their students are progressing well.
However, that doesn’t mean you can throw the spreadsheets out the window. One of your core goals must be profitability. Because if you don’t remain profitable, you won’t be able to continue this work.
We’ll run some numbers in the next module. For now, I just need you to accept that making money is essential to the impact you have in the mentorship model.
This isn’t a charity – it’s a business. It needs to be efficient, strategic and profitable.
This interview with Simon Sinek is a long one, but it’s thought-provoking. Worth it if you have the time!