How Do I Get Students to Practice More? (Live Q&A Ep.) [7FMS Ep. #123]

by Daniel Patterson


Nate and I have been doing a live Q&A episodes every month for most of this year.

In this episode, we tackle a number of important questions from YOU… our listeners!

Here are today’s questions:

  • How do I handle a key teacher’s summer absence?
  • How do I hire committed and reliable teachers?
  • How do I build a community of caring teachers?
  • What percentage of tuition should teachers receive?
  • How do I motivate students to practice independently?

Once again, we ran out of time before we could answer all of the questions…

So, we’ll air another batch of questions in (roughly) four to five weeks from now.

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You can enroll more students in the “back to school” season… but you need to start preparing now!

I made a free training to help you prep for the fall rush! Click below to watch the training:

Are You the Most Visible Music School in Your Area? | By the end of this video, you’ll know the 4 things you need to get more students in your music school or studio

Show Notes

Here are the resources we mentioned in the episode above…

Episode 08 | Struggling to Find Teachers for Your Music School? | Do you struggle to find teachers when you have a position to fill in your school? Do you get few or no applicants? Does it seem like quality teachers are hard to find? That the talent pool is shrinking? If so, we have solutions for you in this episode of 7-Figure Music School!

Episode 11 | How to Retain Students When Teachers Quit (Step-By-Step) | What typically happens when one of your hired teachers quits? You lose students! So – how do you minimize the damage? How do you replace that teacher quickly? In this episode, we give a step-by-step system for keeping students… even when they lose a teacher.

Episode 49 | What % of Tuition Should Teachers Keep? | What percentage of lesson fees should your teaching team keep? Or – an even better question – should you pay them a percentage… or an hourly rate? What about benefits? Should you pay teachers to attend meetings and training? It turns out that the question of teacher pay is actually a lot more nuanced than simply deciding on a “flat percentage” of lesson fees…

Episode 67 | Don’t Lose Students That You Love! | It’s painful to lose students that you love. Students that show a lot of talent and promise. No, this is not another episode about retention. We’re talking about laying out a proactive vision for students… enrolling them into an experience… A vision and experience so rich that quitting would never cross their mind.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones | This breakthrough book from James Clear is the most comprehensive guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day.

We’d love to hear from you… what was your big takeaway this episode? What questions do you have?

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  • Increase the number of your beginners that become intermediate students
  • Help students go through their books faster (Proven! We did a study on this!)…
  • Increase home practice time (Proven! We have years of data showing that this happens)
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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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