If you play the piano, showing others how to as well is a way to earn some income and develop a new skill of your own: teaching. Whether you teach full-time or part-time, go to students' homes or have them come to yours, a piano teaching business is one that you can tailor to your schedule and fit in to your lifestyle. Piano teaching is a wonderful source of additional income for students, parents or anyone who has a few spare hours each week.
Attend to business details. Obtain professional advice regarding accounting and taxes, and set up a financial record keeping system. Ensure that you have the required business license and insurance: decide if you will host students at your teaching location, if you will go to their homes or if you will do both, and protect yourself accordingly.
Learn to teach. Playing an instrument and teaching someone else how to play it utilizes different skills. When you play, you communicate through sound. Teaching requires verbal communication and listening skills, and the ability to identify your student's areas of weakness and their causes. You must also be able to motivate without pressure, and stretch a student's ability without causing discouragement. Study piano pedagogy, which is piano teaching, if you have access to a course or program.
Create your business materials. Decide on your fee, after surveying the current and local piano teaching market to ensure that you are on target. Write a teaching resume that includes your piano grade level and any performance experience you have, as well as any teaching experience of any kind. Create business cards and fliers. Create an online presence, including a Facebook business page, blog, Twitter account and separate email account for your piano teaching business.
Set up your studio or teaching space, or consider going to the homes of your students. If you are teaching out of your own home, create a space separate from the main household activities where you won't be disturbed by other household members or pets. Clear clutter from the area and consider decorating by hanging educational materials on the walls, such as a hand finger chart.
Assemble your teaching materials. Create music learning games for younger students, and devise practice check lists. Purchase a metronome, and piano song and theory work books. If you are traveling to students' homes to teach, prepare a teaching bag that contains all of your supplies. Carry with you some business cards or fliers in case you are asked if you have space for more students.
Find students and begin teaching. Start with a small student roster as you learn your craft. Expand your student base as your schedule allows. Host recitals, in your home or a local church or rec center, to give your students valuable performance experience. Even beginners can perform in recitals, and with family members in attendance, receive positive feedback and encouragement.