117 – Debra Mattera on Starting In-School Group Lesson Programs

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Many teachers are intrigued by the idea of introducing group lessons into their studios, but may feel like the hurdles to getting started are too high.

Today I’m talking to an Ohio-based teacher, Debra Mattera, who started her group lesson program by partnering with other organizations – first a music store and later local elementary schools. We talk about getting the word out to students, pricing, and maintaining strong relationships with important collaborators. 

This program happens to be centered around piano, but there are plenty of takeaways that apply to group lessons for any instrument.


Book: The Jeremiah Study Bible, NKJV: What It Says. What It Means. What It Means For You commentary by Dr. David Jeremiah

Book: If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat by John Ortberg

Book:  The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Teaching Studio by Beth Gigante Klingenstein

Free Music: https://www.gmajormusictheory.org/ – provided by Gilbert DeBenedetti

Podcast: Music Studio Startup Episode 009 – Sean Murphy on Managing an In-School Studio of 100+ Students

Podcast: Music Studio Startup Episode 098 – Karen Thickstun on Fundraising

Podcast: Music Studio Startup Episode 099 – Karen Thickstun on Grant Writing

Connect with Debra

Website: matteramusicstudio.vpweb.com/

Email: AN******@ao*.com

Facebook: Mattera Music Studio

LinkedIn: Debra Mattera




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