Are you a talented musician looking to make money from home? In this article, we’ll show you how to become a music tutor and work at home.
If you’ve read our previous article on how to start and run a tuition centre or home tutoring service, you’ll have some idea on how to use the internet to establish yourself as a home tutor or online tutor.
How To Find Work-At-Home & Online Music Tutoring Jobs
Today there are a number of sight-reading music apps, music tutor apps for reading music and music tutor software available for millennials who love to use the computer as a tutor.
But many students who want to learn to read music and play a musical instrument prefer to learn from a live music tutor. Even those who download sight reading apps for reading music can benefit from one-on-one music tutoring.
When you’re looking for online music tutor jobs, keep in mind that there are many ways to turn your skills as a musician into a lucrative online business.
You can sign up with online music tutoring websites such as Live Music Tutor that provide online music tutoring jobs to musicians who can help students learn any instrument live online 24/7.
Or you can start your own online music school as an at-home tutor. In this article, we’ll focus on the second option – creating and selling your own music tutorials.
Thanks to the opportunities provided by the internet, being a tutor from home or anywhere in the world can be very profitable. If you’re interested in making hard cash by becoming a tutor and teaching music online or at home, read on.
4 Ways To Become A Music Tutor From Home
There’s no shortage of options for those who want to be a music tutor, but for the sake of the best possible outcomes, we’ve listed four ways to kick-start your career as an online music tutor.
Many at-home tutors have tested these methods and succeeded in establishing profitable online tutoring businesses.
1. Create your own online music school
One of the best ways to start a career as an online music tutor is to partner with platforms where you can start your own online music school and sell your music tutorials online.
After you’ve created your online school, you need to choose your subjects of expertise, so you can create and publish your online music tutorials.
For instance, some music tutors may choose to specialize as music theory tutors, but most talented musicians can play and teach more than one instrument.
Here are some music tutor specializations that students are looking for when they type “music tutor online” or “music tutor near me” into a search engine to find a tutor online or in their neighbourhood.
- Guitar tutor
- Piano tutor
- Trumpet tutor
- Violin tutor
- Clarinet tutor
- Flute tutor
- Cello tutor
- Accordion tutor
- French horn tutor
- Bass guitar tutor
Besides music theory tutoring and sheet music tutorials, you can easily create instrumental music tutorials teaching students how to play one or more of these instruments.
For instance, if you’re a digital piano player, all you need is a decent camera and a digital piano. Pick a proper niche, such as “How to play digital piano for beginners,” and create tutorials on a topic like, “How to read digital piano sheet music.”
Just make sure you follow the guidelines of the teaching platforms so that your music tutorials are suitable for their audience. Using these learning management platforms, you can easily earn from $100 to $1000 or more a month.
Joining online course platforms allows you to tap into their vast audience and the huge number of subscribers, so there’s a good chance you can establish yourself and start selling your courses relatively quickly.
Remember to stay agile and learn constantly so you can grow and adapt your strategies quickly should things change online and you have to find new ways of reaching your audience.
2. Get started as a YouTuber
If you want to create a Carnatic music tutorial or Hindustani classical music tutorial and find that the English-based online learning management platforms can’t adapt to your needs, you can create a YouTube channel to share your skills.
YouTube is a platform with a massive audience that laps up content created in the vernacular medium. It also happens to be the second-largest search engine.
However, it does takes time and consistent effort to grow a following on YouTube, as the platform has become quite crowded and competitive.
But just hitting the record button isn’t enough. You’ll have to learn editing, VFX, and how to write a video script to keep your audience engaged.
If you don’t want your music tutorials to get lost in the glut of content uploaded to YouTube every day, you must create a brand and positioning so you can differentiate your free music tutorials from the rest of the competition.
Once you start to grow an audience, YouTube will automatically promote your content. If your priority is on developing your music tutoring practice as well as your content and you manage to grow your channel to over 10,000 subscribers and 100K views, you will be able to monetize your videos.
However, the best use of a YouTube channel is to create a brand and drive traffic to your own website and online courses. Keep at it and learn from the best YouTubers and you should be able to make a decent living with your YouTube music tutorials.
3. Tap into your social media community
If, like most of us, you already own social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, why not tap into your own communities to boost your content?
You can create a Facebook Business Group and start uploading native video content just as you would do on YouTube, or do Facebook Lives to grow an engaged audience.
Ask your friends and contacts to share, promote, and recommend your music tutorials, and in a short time, you should be able to attract a large audience of passionate fans who love your music tutoring.
If you plan to use Facebook ads to grow your audience, you’ll need to create and maintain a Facebook page also.
Optimize your page with appropriate keywords, description and upload a few videos to your page because Facebook users will only follow you if they like your content.
The same goes for Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and any other social platforms that emerge with time. Nurture your community and they will help you grow.
Once you have a large, engaged audience you can deploy ads to capture emails and sell your courses so you can monetize your musical talent.
4. Build a website and list
One thing I recommend to anyone building an online business is – Never build your empire on rented land!
You don’t own Google, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Blogspot, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly… If they vanish tomorrow (like Altavista, Vine, Orkut, Bebo), will your business vanish with them?
You must always have your own domain, website and email list that belongs only to you and not some internet entity that could easily go belly up next year taking all your hard work with it.
Today, building a website is not rocket science. It’s just a matter of dragging and dropping gadgets and tools, like a Lego. You can start your own website without having to invest a lot of money.
You can buy a domain and web host for as little as $20 a year. This free WordPress tutorial for beginners will help you learn WordPress free.
For monetization, you can sell courses, offer paid memberships, and online group coaching. For your high-ticket program, you can become a private music tutor and offer one-on-one private music tuitions to a select few students.
You can even partner with music-based brands like instrument manufacturers and musicians or join Amazon’s affiliate program and recommend their products to earn affiliate income.
Of course, you’ll need to create consistent and engaging content on your website to grow your audience and attract students for your music tutoring and online courses.
So, what are you waiting for? Kick-start your music tutoring career with your own music tutorial sites and courses so you can establish yourself as a renowned online music tutor.
About the author:
Priya Florence Shah is the Group Editor at SHEROES and author of Devi2Diva, an emotional self-care book for women.