Owning your own studio can be a bit lonely. Especially if your studio is small, and you don’t have other employees and aides with whom you interact regularly. But being a studio owner doesn’t need to be isolating. There are many professional organizations out there that can provide opportunities for comraderie and collaboration and the reasons to join them are many.
When I first knew our family would be moving, I contacted the president of the local music teachers organization from the area where we were relocating. When I got to town, I had coffee with her and discussed ways to get started with students. She was incredibly helpful in helping me understand the market in my new town, and since her studio was full, she referred three students my way. Through word of mouth, these three students grew to twelve students in a few short months. Another teacher in our organization gave my name out to a local school, where I also picked up several students. I have done my best to pay it forward; now that I have a waiting list, I have sent students to new teachers in our group and I know that they, too, have been grateful for the referrals. It is my experience that teachers in these groups want to support one another and help each other grow their studios whenever possible.