Guitar teaching reality: you can achieve incredible success and earn great money teaching guitar whether you are a total beginner or have been teaching for many years. The world’s most profitable guitar teachers are not smarter than you and don’t have a lot more talent or potential than you... Fact is, they have all had to overcome the same (or greater) challenges than you in their guitar teaching journey.
That being said, what is the main difference between massively successful guitar teachers and everyone else? If you think that the top guitar teachers simply know something that others don’t or do things in a different way – you’re partially correct. Yes, the world’s best guitar instructors almost always have guitar teacher business coaching…but that is only one aspect of what gives them the ability to dominate their competitors. They also possess internal qualities and successful mental traits shared between champions in all walks of life. When these skills are used in combination with efficient training and coaching on how to successfully teach guitar, success becomes unavoidable.
Here are the five critical qualities required for becoming a massively successful guitar teacher:
Quality #1. Unfaltering Patience
Growing a small-time guitar teaching business into a hundred thousand dollar per year + earning level will take much time and effort. At times, this work will seem unending, discouraging and overwhelming. This initial challenge is what weeds out the great teachers from the mediocre ones. Here is the reason why the greatest guitar teachers succeed in the face of this adversity:
1. They can see the big picture and are aware that the early difficulties are just a small price to pay for the massive results that will eventually come.
2. They are aware that the biggest challenges occur in the beginning. The more successful you become, the “easier” it is to attain a higher level of success. This is a fact not only for earning great money teaching guitar, but for helping your guitar students improve their skills.
3. They are resourceful enough to find and work with an experienced guitar teacher trainer in order to skyrocket their guitar teaching businesses to the highest level of success in very little time.
Quality #2. A “Sink Or Swim” Attitude
The guitar teachers who have the most success are in the habit of building their businesses with a sense of urgency. They essentially feel they MUST succeed no matter what… as if their lives depended on it.
This type of attitude causes teachers to take consistent, MASSIVE action – resulting in the achievement of equally massive results. Massive action consists of not only working “harder”, but working SMARTER - such as looking for guitar teacher business coaching that will save you time and give you a clear path to success.
Note: this kind of urgency comes only from having the same frame of mind as a true champion - having total confidence in your power to achieve success.
Quality #3. The Highest Standards For Success
Unsuccessful guitar teachers treat their business like a side-job or a hobby... successful ones treat it like a BUSINESS! To do this, you need to:
*Make and enforce a STRONG teaching policy that covers all of your expectations for your students to understand (discover more about this by checking out this article on making a good living as a guitar teacher).
*Demand nothing but excellence from each one of your guitar students. This does not mean that you try to make everyone into a master player- it means getting them to achieve the goals they want to achieve (and not letting them give up). This approach will help you get better results with your students in two main ways:
a. You will naturally become a better guitar teacher in the process of dedicating yourself to getting results for your students.
b. You will lose mediocre students and start gaining more and more serious students – these are students who will practice everything at home and take progress seriously. This will quickly advance a positive reputation for you in your city.
Quality #4. Relentless Work Ethic & Dedication
Being a great guitar teacher, earning huge amounts of money and understanding how to get the biggest results for your students requires an incredible amount of dedication. To grow your guitar teaching business to astronomical levels, you must be ready to do “anything” to reach your goal. Most importantly, you must live by the code that all champions live by:
“The cost of success is ALWAYS paid in advance”.
Your work ethic consists of doing whatever it takes for however long it takes until your goals are reached.
Fortunately, this kind of work ethic can easily be developed and strengthened by:
*Having a thorough understanding of WHAT to do to start a successful guitar teaching business.
*Being part of a gathering of other similar guitar instructors who are either already HUGELY successful or are on the cusp of building their businesses in their local areas. Such a gathering is phenomenally elusive, since most guitar instructors are not making a decent living fiscally, have a cynical outlook and lack desire to achieve genuine progress. Then again, when you fit in with a system of champion guitar educators, you will discover it is much more easy to achieve the same status yourself.
Quality #5. A Virtuoso Mindset Of Complete Confidence
Successful guitar teachers who make $100k+ annually and produce the most skilled students NEVER contemplate the following:
*Is my guitar playing talent good enough to teach guitar lessons?
*Can I really quit my day job and teach guitar lessons for a living?
*Can someone really earn more than 10-20 thousand per year teaching guitar alone?
*How many years does it take before I can make a full-time living teaching guitar?
The above questions are built on insecurity, self-doubt and fear – a recipe for total failure.
The best guitar teachers in the world have eliminated these types of low-quality questions and replaced them with high-quality questions that prepare them for success. For example:
*How can I teach guitar better and more effectively than anybody else in my area?
*What are the greatest strategies I can use to earn 6-figures teaching guitar?
*What are the specific steps I must take leave my job and teach guitar full-time?
*How can I guarantee that my guitar teaching business continues growing regardless of the economy, where I live or the number of other teachers in my area?
These are the type of high quality questions you must ask yourself to become successful. When you ask yourself questions like this, you will eventually be lead to the specific goals you seek to achieve.
Now that you understand the five elements needed for becoming a successful guitar teacher, use them by seeking out guitar teacher business coaching so you can take your teaching business to the highest level.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and the guitar player. He helps people from all over the world learn how to teach guitar. Visit his website tomhess.net to get free guitar teacher resources and to read more guitar teaching articles.