Growing Before You Feel Ready (w. Kaitlyn D.) [7FMS Ep. #87]

by Daniel Patterson


I love quotes.

Here are two of my favorites that have a similar message…

“If you aren’t failing, you are underachieving your ability.”


“If you have everything under control, you aren’t moving fast enough.” (attributed to retired open-wheel race car driver Mario Andretti)

That’s the theme of today’s episode… a 5 for 5 episode in which I interviewed Kaitlyn Davidson, who owns a studio in downtown Atlanta with 400+ students.

In today’s episode, we get into many topics such as teacher training, decision-making, student motivation, and how to know when to grow.

It might be a short episode, but Kaitlyn packs a lot of wisdom into a short period of time.

Click below to listen to the episode.


Or, check out the video version of the podcast:



Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Short bio of Kaitlyn and her 15 teacher school
  • Kaitlyn’s unique idea for streamlining onboarding and avoid repetitive training tasks
  • The best scheduling softwares to reduce admin workload
  • Using strategic hiring to improve work-life balance and reduce stress
  • Hiring someone (even if you’re not totally ready) to manage unforeseen studio challenges
  • Making time for YOU – proactive decisions you can make to reduce your school’s workload 

One more thing!!!!

If you have a question about running a music school…

If you have a challenge currently in your studio or school…

We’d like to help.

Daniel and Nate are hosting a FREE live Q&A / coaching session on the 1st of September at 1pm Eastern.

To take advantage, here’s what you need to do….

  1. Click this link
  2. Write down your question or challenge on that page
  3. Click submit

If you don’t have a question but just want to hang with us live… then just click here.



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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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