The Music Studio Where Everybody Knows Your Name [7FMS Ep. #75]

by Daniel Patterson


A few weeks ago, we released a podcast episode that took a detailed look at a “buzzword” in our industry.

Building “community.”

Honestly? That’s one of those fuzzy words that gets thrown around, but doesn’t really mean anything (in my opinion).

In that episode, we defined it and made a case for why building community in your school is so important.

At the end of the episode, we made a promise… that we were going to do another episode that was just a practical “how to” guide of building connection between students, teachers, and parents.

The way to build a school where you actually feel at home.

How to build a school that parents don’t want to leave because they have meaningful relationships there and they see their child has meaningful relationships there.

How to grow a studio where the reason that parents stay isn’t just because “my child is learning music.”

So, in this episode, we are going to look at nearly two dozen ways to build community, connection, and collaboration in your school…

Click below to listen to the episode!


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Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Why Community-Building is Crucial
  • 3 Specific Areas for Building Community
  • 8 Rules for Your Community Room
  • 6 Rules for Your Classroom
  • How to Implement These Checklists (Without Getting Overwhelmed!)
  • 5 Rules for Your “Performance Room”
  • Building a Culture of Community in Your Music School 
Featured Bonus: Download our cheat sheet of the 24+ ways to build community in your school. Click here to download

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.

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This episode is sponsored by… The only group piano method in the world that allows students to enter a class or level up at any time. (No more scheduling headaches for you!). Visit to book a virtual or live demo and learn how we’ve helped hundreds of studios get parents on board with group piano lessons.


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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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