How To Become A Private Music Teacher

Everything you need to know to set up your private music teaching business quickly and easily. No more guesswork or trawling the internet for answers. It's all here in one place, complete with time-saving printable templates so you can focus on what really matters - teaching music! 

"I can't wait to start teaching music! It's going to be so great to be able to do a job I'm so passionate about! But...where do I register my business? What do I need to know about tax? How do I set my prices and invoice students? Where and how do I advertise my lessons? Why and how should I enter my students for exams? WHERE DO I START?!"

Setting up as a private music teacher can be a time consuming and daunting prospect if you’re not sure about how to start up and run a business. I'm going to teach you everything I've learnt over many years as a private music teacher, from legal expectations and tax issues to how to invoice students and collect money efficiently. By the end of the course, you'll have all the tools needed to be a professional, profitable and passionate music teacher.


  • Direct links to useful websites so you don't need to spend precious time searching, giving you more time for the important things

  • Up-to-date information on all the legal stuff you need to know, so you can have peace of mind that you're on the right track

  • Tried-and-tested methods of dealing with money, so you can feel confident to charge what you're worth and stay organised and professional

  • Detailed information about music exams, which you can refer to whenever you decide to enter your students for exams

  • Tips about great places to advertise your business, so you won't be unsure where to focus your efforts and money. I'll also advertise you on my high-traffic website and Facebook page/group for free!

Fiona Page 

  • PGCE in Primary Education
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • BA(Hons) in Music and Popular Music

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Lesson One - Opportunity and Obstacles

* Discover the advantages and disadvantages of setting up as a private music teacher.

* Learn about what's involved in being a private music teacher and make a decision if it's going to be the right job for you. 

Lesson Two - Business Basics

* Learn about registering with HMRC and getting ready for your tax return.

* Find out about which insurance you need and if you should join a national body.

* Discover the laws around DBS checks and health and safety.

* Find out where to access child protection and first aid training. ​

Lesson Three - Pricing and Payments

* Find out how to set prices and feel comfortable charging them

* Learn how to keep track of and collect your payments, including setting up a business bank account. 

* Learn about why you need a cancellation policy and download editable examples and templates.

* Discover what you can claim as expenses and a step by step guide for filing your tax return.

* Download supporting documents for all aspects of the financial side of things. 

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Lesson Four - Managing Marketing

* Find out how you can advertise your music teaching business on and offline.

* Discover the importance of setting up a website and Facebook page and your options for doing this. 

* Learn about the importance of good testimonials and how to ask your students for them. 

Lesson Five - Student Information and Records

* Find out what information you need from new students and what to give them before you start teaching.

* Discover tips for managing behaviour, especially with younger children.

* Learn how to track attendance and what to record if someone complains. 

* Learn about the current data protection laws and what this means for your business.

* Download supporting documents and templates for everything to do with student information and records.

Lesson Six - Entering Exams

* Find out why you should or shouldn't enter your students for exams,

* Learn about the different exam boards, with links to the online entry forms.

* Learn tips to help your students prepare for practical and theory exams, including how to get a distinction.

* Discover how to find a piano accompanist for your students.

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Lesson Seven - Useful Resources and Websites

* Find out what resources you will need when getting started and where to buy them.

* Learn how to advise your students about purchasing or renting instruments.

* You will also find a collection of links to useful websites, saving you hours of time searching the internet for appropriate sites.

Lesson Eight - Conclusion and Onward Mentoring

* Revisit the learning objectives of the course.

* Find out how to look after your mental health and avoid burnout.

* Download a handy checklist for the whole course. 

* Upgrade to a VIP option if you wish to access mentoring

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Testimonials for Fiona and her Course

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My deluxe VIP option includes the 8-Lesson Online Course plus:
  • One-to-one mentoring for 3 months
  • 3 x 1-hour face to face or Skype mentoring sessions
  • A weekly check in email from Fiona giving you the chance to reflect on your teaching business so far, and to discuss any obstacles you have encountered during your initial stages
  • Further templates and document examples sent if needed
  • Become one of Fiona's 'Recommended Teachers' upon completion of course.
  • Free advertising of your services on Fiona Page Music website and social media
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook group to find potential students

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Sign-Up Steps

1. Choose your course package and click on 'Buy Now'. This will take you to the PayPal page. Note that you don't have to have a PayPal account, you can also pay by debit/credit card.

2. Once I receive your payment, I will send you an email with a link and password to access the course. There's no time limit on completing the course so you can go at your own pace. You can download the supporting documents to your device. 

3. If you've purchased the VIP Option, I will get in touch with you via email to discuss working further with you. 

And that's it! You're on your way to running your very own profitable, professional and passionate private music teaching business. I wish you all the best in your new career! Fiona :-)


Ben Cockburn, Piano Teacher and Leeds College of Music Graduate

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Helen Goldsmith, Woodwind Teacher and Leeds College of Music Graduate

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I pride myself in the positive testimonials I've received from my own students over the years. It really shows that the knowledge and information I bring to this course is the result of a professional, profitable and passionate teaching practice. 
Oliver, Piano Lessons Harrogate

Fiona does weekly piano lessons with our 16 year old, 8 year old and 4 year old and they all love their lessons with her. Fiona has done a great job helping our 16 year old daughter to pass her Grade 5 exam, she lacks confidence but Fiona was reassuring and took extra steps to build her confidence, so much so that our daughter passed and would now like to take Grade 6! She is fantastic with our two younger children and pitches the lessons at the perfect level and always makes them fun and rewarding with sticker charts and little prizes for effort. We look forward to Fiona teaching the girls for years to come.

Ian, Piano Lessons Leeds

Fiona is an excellent teacher. For someone like me who has lived for 55 years without any understanding of music except knowing what I like, she has been very encouraging, patient and instructive. Fiona is clearly a very talented musician herself and is able to work with complete novices (such as me) and more accomplished musicians too. I strongly recommend her.

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