Employee Benefits at Your Music School [7FMS Ep. #98]

by Daniel Patterson


“How much should I pay my teachers?”

“Should I pay teachers to come to recitals?”

“Should we hire teachers as employees or contractors?”

These are common questions I hear from school owners and aspiring school owners.

In this episode, we move beyond these basic questions and explore something deeper.

Employee benefits, total cost of employment, and how to build a culture at your school that supports the very people that are helping you build an amazing business.

When you move beyond the basics, it has a way of shifting your perspective and maturing the thoughts that you think about the topic.

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Here’s what we cover in today’s conversation

  • Creating benefit packages for music teachers and staff
  • Additional earning opportunities for teachers (beyond hours)
  • Enhancing teacher retention through benefits
  • Retirement plans, business partnerships, and PTO
  • Incorporating benefits in your job descriptions
  • Setting hourly rates (and how to be confident about them)
  • Resources for you to explore further

Do you have additional questions? Or pushback?

Would you like to contribute to the conversation?

You can do so by contacting us 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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