Talent to Treasure targets the woman who wants to share her love of music with others while continuing to serve her family at home. It addresses the whys and hows of building a home business that blesses others without negatively impacting her family.
TRANSFORM YOUR MUSICAL SKILLS INTO EXTRA INCOME!
Have a heart for music but no head for business? Transform your musical skills into extra income. Talent to Treasure: Building a Profitable Music Teaching Business shows you how.
A valuable resource for rookie and veteran teachers alike. How to find students, what to charge, keeping business records, practicing issues, special needs students, and much more.
Marcia Washburn, BA, MME, is a seasoned piano teacher, writing with authority about a subject she knows intimately and loves passionately—connecting people with music. Her warm and personable style immediately draws in the reader.
In the pages of Talent to Treasure, you will learn:
- How to prepare your heart and your home for your business
- How to recruit and retain students
- How much to charge for lessons (& how to be sure you get paid!)
- How to select a “balanced diet” of music for your students
- How and what to teach in the first lesson
- How to teach using learning styles—how to be a people teacher first!
- Great practicing tips—& strategies for dealing with students who don’t!
- How to deal with memorization, performance jitters, & more
- Reaching & teaching special needs students—from challenged to gifted
- And much, much more!
What others are saying about Talent to Treasure:
“I’ve taught piano for the past five years and this book is timely in encouraging me in the way I teach as well as offering new approaches to common problems that I frequently encounter. Thank you, Mrs. Washburn, for sharing your insights from years of teaching and bringing it from a distinctly Christian perspective.” ~Anna Storrie, piano teacher
“Talent to Treasure filled a void in the sphere of piano teaching resources. It’s more than a business manual, more than a pedagogy text — it is an inspiration to serve and an invitation to ministry.
“In her typical gracious manner, Mrs. Washburn provides reassurance, exhortation and practical advice for music instructors with all levels of experience. Even her smallest tips help in a big way. She offers useful techniques that most of us would never think of, yet make important contributions to the success of any studio.
“In-home studios have their own set of issues. In Talent to Treasure Mrs. Washburn showcases business and hospitality in a special combination that could come only from a heart fully devoted to Christ.
“The layout of the pages and a topnotch writing style make the book very readable and speak even further to the standard of excellence which this author clearly maintains.
“Before my children started their own music teaching businesses, I required that they read a pedagogy text. I wish Talent to Treasure had been available then. No great loss, though — I didn’t have to require them to read this one; the book drew them like a magnet.”
~Mary Beth Akers, homeschooling parent
About the author
Marcia Washburn has operated several businesses including a profitable piano studio and a small publishing company. She homeschooled her five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years, also serving as a support group leader. She has served in various leadership positions at the local and state level and holds advanced degrees in elementary education & music education. A columnist for three major home education magazines, she also speaks nationally and internationally. Her books include Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families; Talent to Treasure: Building a Profitable Music Teaching Business; Homemade Convenience Foods; Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music; her Management for Moms Series; and Home-Based Eldercare: Stories & Strategies for Caregivers.
Title: Talent to Treasure: Building a Profitable Music Teaching Business
Author: Marcia K. Washburn
Publisher: Next Generation Publishing; 144 pages (perfect bound)
Retail price: $19.95