While he started teaching music to make some extra cash, Brett quickly realized that he had a knack for connecting with students. The only problem? Getting enough students to pay him for regular lessons to quit his extra part-time jobs.
Within three months of going through The Musicolor Method Masterclass and being coached by Andrew, Brett doubled his student roster and became a full-time music teacher.
First instrument: Saxophone
Age I started playing music: 9
Number of years teaching: 10
Number of students before The Musicolor Method: 12
Number of current students: 33 and counting, plus waiting list
Interviewer: Christy Goldfeder
Glenn Gould to calm myself down. I have also been listening to and playing a lot of Brazilian music, classical dances and samba.
I have been playing instruments since I was 9 years old, I started on the saxophone. I was at the piano one day when I was really young, and I just started playing melodies. I was copying what I knew from playing the saxophone.
My parents thought that was a little brainy to be doing. So they asked me, “Do you want piano lessons?”. I started with 30 minute piano lessons with a teacher down the road, and I took them for 3 years.
My teacher would give me books to work through, but she presented the lessons in the
method books, in a haphazard way. They were a little confusing, It was very disconnected.
There wasn’t a ton of structure early on, but I did survive with my sort of natural playing talent. I still learned a lot, but it could've been better. I also didn’t practice a whole lot.
When I started high school, I realized I needed to practice and needed structure. I went to college in New York, and I started playing classical music. I had four years of classical training after a bunch of Jazz training.
In my early to mid-twenties, I worked with a project called Brooms. It was a singer/songwriter duo, me and another guy. We were composing and producing albums.
We did a lot on Spotify. We produced four albums, and we got some traction. I got a couple songs featured in commercials, which was really cool.
These days, I’m focusing on running a business and keeping my skills up.
I saw music lessons as a way to make a living, but I didn’t like the business side of it. I loved playing.
I was juggling another job, and I had 12 private music students. I kept getting calls for students, and I thought “Okay, I gotta figure this out. I can’t do both.”
I had no business background, no corporate experience, no marketing or formal training. I didn’t take any classes. I was drowning in hours of teaching, and trying to manage it all. I needed to tighten up my communication and what I was offering.
The Musicolor Method came along at the right time. Andrew offered me coaching sessions along with the Masterclass, and I was like “Great! Sign me up.”
Since we started working together, I’ve been teaching full time. No more juggling another job. That’s it!
Before I started using the Musicolor Method Masterclass, I had 12 students. Within about 6-9 months, I doubled my student roster. I used his excellent product to help a lot of young kids who can’t read, to help them play these songs.
Andrew’s course gives teachers a way to translate the value of what his method gives, to the parents themselves.
It shows you exactly how to structure a lesson plan, writing lesson notes to families and communicating in a consistent way. It helps you run a professional business and show the value of what you’re providing.
He simplifies the process of running a music lesson business.
There are many resources out there, and they are all pretty great. But it’s different to work with somebody and get the right structure at the right time.
You could have 100 things to do as a business owner, and a consultant will come in and say "don’t do that, don’t do that and just focus on these 10 things". It saves you like years.
The Musicolor Method lets young students go home and rehearse these songs on their own, without needing a parent there to help them out. They can figure it out on their own.
I didn’t know what to do with very young students before Andrew came along. Quite frankly I didn’t have the time.
Andrew spent some time in the library reading up on this, and he has tried a lot of the stuff out. So what he has done is created a great, intuitive way to reach these kids but do it in a structured way too.
It’s just unique because he has information design background too. So he was able to kind of go, immediately see the problems and address those problems.
I think the parents appreciate the approach. It’s intuitive and their kids have fun playing right away. They really love seeing their kids succeed. The kids are enjoying it, and the parents don’t feel lost either.
Parents are not worried about, “Are my kids retaining any of this?” As long as the teacher kind of addresses that consistently and says “Look, this is how we’re moving and what we expect over the next 3-6 months.”
It helps you, as the teacher, to be very clear about the pace and structure.
The Musicolor Method Masterclass will give you the structure you need to make your lessons.
Especially, if you’ve been teaching for a few years, but you still need help structuring your lessons. This can transform your business.
If you have a little success from teaching and you enjoy it, this can be the game changer.
It will give you the marketing skills you need to treat it like a business. You won’t feel like you’re getting swallowed up by your business. Instead, you’ll learn how to manage it in a way that suits you.
And because this method opens up a whole new market to me (4-6 year olds) I can suddenly take on all of them and it works amazingly for them. It’s saved me a lot of time figuring out what works.
Now I have a different class of problems. I am managing 33 students, and now I have to figure out how to scale and manage a full roster of students.
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