Online Piano Lessons Can Earn You Income!
It’s not uncommon for people to turn a “hobby” into an income producer at some point, to help supplement annual earnings or even just to add to savings or investment accounts.
Visual artists, furniture makers, cooks, gardeners, and musicians all over the world, share their gifts and talents in exchange for financial compensation.
Pianists are certainly included in this bunch, and there are several ways that you can begin earning a little extra cash right now.
You don’t have to be an “expert” to start making some money off of your talent either!
You do need to know how to play at a pretty good level, know your key signatures and scales, time signatures, and understand rhythm and counting.
So without a doubt…
Yes you can make money from your online piano lessons, and here’s how.
Start Teaching Students If you think you don’t have the skills to start teaching very young and/or beginning students, think again.
If you can read all of your notes, know the keyboard, understand time and key signatures, and can play some beginning to intermediate piano pieces yourself, comfortably…you can begin working with students who don’t know anything, and help them get going.
One of the great benefits of online piano lessons is the 24/7 access to videos that help you with anything you might be working on a student with, so you can know the concepts and skills better yourself while teaching them to a student.
There are several sources for beginning students in your community.
Offer to Accompany Music Students for Recitals and other Performances
That’s right! You can play the piano accompaniment part for any solo performances of instrumentalists or singers, group performances, (especially choral groups), or even local performing groups when they hit the stage for a special event.
Schools, religious institutions, community organizations are all great places to find groups that need a pianist to back them up for a concert.
Also try connecting with other music teachers in your community that teach different instruments besides the piano so they will be aware that you are available to work with their students. Some teachers like to have an accompanist in the studio with them for some lessons, so they will really appreciate knowing that you are available to be there during lesson times.
Don’t Forget About Funerals
Maybe it’s not the first place you’d think of to offer your piano playing, but funeral homes hire musicians all the time, to provide special music for a service, and many times the families already know what music they want to be played.
Some musicians find this to be a steady gig for them, so don’t rule it out when you start thinking about who to approach in your town to let them know that you’d like to play your piano.
Are you comfortable playing alone and improving? Then it’s time to get out there and go solo!
Restaurants, piano bars, regular bars, corporate events, weddings, parties,…the list is really unlimited almost as to where you can start playing in public and earning money for your talent.
Wedding gigs don’t really require you to be able to improv usually, as the brides pick out music that you can easily find the written scores for.
Piano bars and restaurant scenarios allow you to play from music or just out of your own head…and are a great way to gain exposure, especially if you end up playing in a popular location. They are also a great way to help you get more comfortable creating music on the spur of the moment and you can meet other musicians that will want to jam with you.
These are just a few ways that you can start earning your own money from your online piano lessons. As you move out and start experimenting on your own to find different avenues to play in, you’ll find more opportunities that are unique to your own community and needs.
Make sure you have a good keyboard that you can travel with and any other necessary equipment so it’ll be easy for you to get set up and playing.
Have fun out there, and let us know what types of gigs you are playing or how teaching is going if you have picked up a few students!
As always, stay tuned to LessonsOnTheWeb to learn much more!
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