How Musicologie is Building New Teaching Studios

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Joseph Barker

Joseph Barker

Joseph is co-founder of Musicologie.

When Kay and I started Musicologie in 2014, there was no career path for private music teachers. Sure, you could teach with a local studio, but pay was low, community and support were non-existent, and there was no possibility of advancement or security.

Going Our Own Way

The alternative was to start your own studio. Most entrepreneurial teachers end up doing this, teaching out of their home or a nearby church or community center. Running your own studio usually means more income, but also more time spent developing and running the business, which is a HUGE task when you’re starting from scratch without training, financing or resources. Plus, the added income almost never offsets the extra work and additional expense.

Kay and I knew we wanted to build a career as teachers and performers, and we wanted the freedom and stability of owning our own teaching studio. So we took the leap and have grown Musicologie from a tiny home studio into something bigger than we ever imagined.

Sharing Musicologie’s Success

Our mission now is to share that success with other private music teachers. We know how hard it is to make a living and grow a studio. We’ve been there. We understand how important it is to share music with new learners and have an impact in your community. Creating something big is hard. But it’s worth it.

Community Managers

We’ve designed a brand new partnership model called the Community Manager Program that allows great teachers to become part of Musicologie and grow their own studios the way they want to under the Musicologie umbrella with all of our resources.

So what does this all mean, exactly? It means every Musicologie is co-owned by a Community Manager who teaches at and operates their studio. You can see this in action at our Dublin studio, co-owned by Megan Rainey, who always wanted to open her own studio but didn’t have the resources. She worked with Musicologie to create the studio she wanted. It broke even in four months.

It also means we’re opening up the Community Manager Program to music teachers everywhere. If you’re a great teacher and want to grow your studio into something big, we can help.

Megan Rainey

Megan Rainy has an MM in Piano Performance and is the Community Manager of Musicologie Dublin.

Justin Swain

Justin Swain has an MM in Vocal Performance, an MA in Vocal Pedagogy and is Community Manager at Musicologie Lewis Center.

This is NOT a franchise. We are partnering with great musicians and teachers, not investors with cash to burn. Most music teachers don’t have the money to pay a franchise fee, or the capital to invest in a studio – we certainly didn’t when we started. We want to be accessible to our community of educators. That’s why we’re here and why we chose this model to share and grow Musicologie.

Are you a teacher who wants upward mobility? Job security? A chance to build something big? Let’s talk.


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