Training World-Class Teachers (w. Alyssa O’Toole) [7FMS Ep. #25]

by Daniel Patterson

Earlier this year, Nate and I recorded a number of podcast episodes about hiring teachers.

Today, we dive into a topic that school owners ask…

How do you train your teachers?

To answer this question, we brought on an expert in this topic… One of Grow’s coaches, Alyssa O’Toole.

Alyssa spent SEVEN years designing and perfecting a teacher training system that she uses in her premium music school in downtown Boston.

And today she is going to share principles that you can use to train your teachers to provide a consistent, quality lesson experience for your students.

Click below to listen to the episode.



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Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Alyssa answers the question: How do you train world-class teachers?
  • The pivotal moment in Nate and Alyssa’s lives as business owners… from business plan to powerful vision
  • Why even a car washing business can scale with the tools of differentiation and specific goals
  • What’s a “gym for musicians”? Defining the model structure of Musician’s Playground
  • If you’re feeling insecure about your purpose…here are the tools you can use to find confidence!
  • How can you be inspired by other studio owners / coaches but still build something unique?
  • How Alyssa developed “differentiators” – her teacher training approach
  • The tangible side of teacher training… should I use a manual? What does a training look like?
  • The “white label system” – a simple framework for teacher training
  • Critical traits to look for in your teacher candidates
  • The secret to being a better coach to your teachers… there are two questions you need to ask yourself!
  • Is this teacher training even attainable for me and my business?
  • The #1 tool you should be using to take your next steps as a studio owner

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

We won’t know unless you reach out and tell us!

You can do so by contacting us here.

Very best,
Daniel and Nate


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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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