Teaching Music Online – MJ002

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Guitar GirlThe past five years have seen an explosion in the ways that musicians are teaching music online. Why give lessons in your local music store when you can make more money teaching people online from the comfort of your own home?  Here are some ideas on how to teach music online:


Online drum and guitar teachers like Martin TaylorMarty Schwartz, Jared Falk and Justin Sandercoe have developed massive followings by using YouTube to teach free lessons to learners around the world. While you can get your own channel up and running in no time there is a real art to building the kind of views and subscribers necessary to generate significant income. If you want to learn how to teach music on using video check out our free YouTube for Musicians series.

Google+ Hangouts

It’s still early days at Google’s fledgling social network but a number of teachers are already using the Google+ Hangout feature to provide one-on-one lessons, group lessons and Q&A sessions. The ability to then automatically upload those lessons to YouTube is excellent.  To learn more join the Guitar Lessons community page on Google+ to meet some of the teachers there.


A while back lots of music teachers were creating online eBooks using sites like e-junkie and Amazon’s CreateSpace. Apart from the issue with copyright the trend is for eBooks to be used as free giveaways in order to build your email list.  My suggestion is to either use ebooks as a giveaway or sell them as part of a bigger bundle (e.g. Video Course + eBook).

Hosted and Self-Hosted eLearning Sites

There are hundreds of ways to create your own eLearning site. I would only suggest building your own site if you are comfortable with the technology side of things. Whenever I speak to music teachers who want to teach online I always suggest that they find the solution which allows them to spend the most amount of time teaching and the least time coding. Having said that if you do want to take on the task then I would go for something like OptimizePress or Kajabi.

Online Music Education Publishers

Sites like GuitarTricks and GuitarMasterclass are always looking for new instructors. One of the quickest ways of starting to teach online is to contact an existing site and offer to become a teacher. This way you don’t have to worry about servers, site designs and marketing and can focus 100% of your time on teaching and interacting with students. The downside is that you’ll receive a smaller share of any revenues you generate.

Online Learning Platforms 

Udemy.com and Lynda.com give you the ability to create your own online courses although both are very general and might not have some of the functionality that music teachers would desire. The downside of this is that the quality of the teachers varies greatly and the marketing is on you. Lynda on the other hand curates the content, markets your course and actually works with you to build a detailed and progressive lessons list.

Do you teach music? What questions do you have about teaching music online? Please add them to the comments below and I’ll answer as best I can.