2018 was a year of huge transitions. We basically spent the whole year reorganizing, spending money on lawyers, and learning how to be a multi-studio company. We opened a new studio, totally revamped our prices and policies, and switched software companies. We learned A LOT.
And we stretched ourselves waaaay too thin. Kyle (our business partner) and I were both running back and forth between Grandview and Westerville, teaching, fielding inquiries, managing teachers, fixing software issues, and working to grow both studios. It wasn’t a good organization. Things fell through the cracks. We needed to step back.
Creating Our Mission
So we did. The three of us (Me, my wife Kay, and Kyle) spent a weekend retreat regrouping. One of the most important things I learned during this time was the culture we had developed in our Grandview studio wouldn’t automatically translate to another studio. We needed to create it all over again. This meant getting specific about what we stood for, writing everything down, being conscientious.
We listed all our values, everything we wanted to achieve, what we wanted our studios to be, and came up with a mission that we could share with everyone who walked through our doors:
Once we had that, things started to fall into place in a way that was unexpected and surprising. The first part of the mission is our student focus, and informs every student interaction, every teacher hire, and every curriculum choice. The second part informs our reorganization and expansion plans. We created a new position called Community Manager, which allows excellent teachers to become partners in new Musicologie studios. This opens a door to a career path that just didn’t exist for teachers before. Exciting, right?
Building More Studios
We took this new studio partnership idea to Megan Rainey, who was a standout teacher in Grandview. She was already doing some admin work, and had always wanted to open her own studio. We said “Hey Megan, we’re thinking about this new studio structure idea – what do you think? Do you want to open a Musicologie?”
She said yes! And at the end of 2018 we opened Musicologie Dublin.
We now have three studios, and have a clear plan for more. 2018 was exciting indeed. Here’s what else happened, by the numbers:
We hired 13 new teachers.
We enrolled 351 new students.
We taught 19680 lessons.
We had 15 student concerts.
With 252 students performers.
We tuned 12 pianos.
We provided 13 scholarships.
We opened one new Musicologie, in Dublin Ohio.