Welcome to Productivity Hacks for Music Teachers!
Maintaining a private studio can be a lot of work! From emails to billing to scheduling, not to mention your own practicing, other commitments, and all of the other things life likes to throw our way, it can sometimes feel like one’s to-do list just gets longer and longer with each passing week, no matter how much time you devote to checking things off.
Yet there are some folks out there who seem to get things done, make things happen, and still appear to be pretty darn bright-eyed and bushy-tailed through it all. Is it possible that productivity is just a skill? Something we can all learn to get better at?
Tim Topham is an Australia-based music educator/writer/podcaster/consultant/entrepreneur who was teaching online lessons and music courses for years before the pandemic hit and we all suddenly began learning how to navigate this new medium. He’s one of those people who always seems to have their act together, a plan in place, and still time to pursue varied interests like cycling, trekking to Everest Base Camp, and getting certifications in laser operation and remote-area first aid, while serving a super-engaged global audience of teachers.
I’ve always wondered how he does it all, so I asked Tim to put together a short “essentials” course on productivity hacks for music teachers, that will hopefully make it a little easier to manage the (presumably less-fun) logistical side of your studio, so you can devote more energy and bandwidth to the aspects of teaching that you enjoy most. 😅