Scaling to 180 Employees (w. Brady Davies) [7FMS Ep. #76]

by Daniel Patterson


Every once in a while, we meet a school owner that we want to interview…

And we like to interview in the 5 for 5 format! (5 questions / 5 minutes per question)

Here are our 5 questions…

  1. What are you most proud of… something you do exceptionally well at your school?
  2. What’s one challenge you’re experiencing right now in your business?
  3. What’s one lesson learned in the last year?
  4. What’s one action would you recommend that someone listening could take right now that will make a difference in their school?
  5. What’s one thing you’ve done for yourself personally in the past year that has brought you more joy as an owner?

For today’s 5 for 5, we are interviewing Brady Davies of The Piano Place… a chain of 11 studios in Utah!

Brady and his wife started with just 1 location… and grew their business to 11 locations and 180 employees.

And, in this quick, hard-hitting interview… Brady reveals the thoughts, the mindsets, the habits, and the actions that he took to make this happen.

There are plenty of nuggets of wisdom to take and apply in your own business… no matter the size!

And look out for more 5 for 5 episodes in the coming months!


Or, check out the video version of the podcast:



Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Growing from 1 to 180 staff members
  • Handling seasonal sports’ impact on enrollment
  • Speeding up the decision-making process
  • Embracing risks: streamlining software, hiring, and optimizing billing.
  • Finding joy beyond the classroom

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.


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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