As you no doubt guessed, the title of this post alludes to the age-old saying, ‘Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer’, which has probably left many of you also wondering if I think you should view your fellow music teacher organization members as enemies…
and the answer is, of course… not!
But it is certainly okay to refer to these friends as competition, because, despite what many people believe, competition IS good, and competitors CAN be friends.
Here’s 3 reason why (followed at the end of the post by one REALLY important reason why!)
3 Ways Competition Makes Everyone Better Piano Teachers
1. Competition Makes You Grow (Professionally) Like a Weed
When you’re not the only show in town, you have to move and shake to keep your piano studio alive. This means you’re more likely to polish and refine your teaching skills, experiment with new and exciting programs, and just generally keep piano lessons more interesting. Nothing but good things comes from this!
2. Competitors Are Like a Super Secret Mentor
There are many ways you can improve your piano teaching and business practices (like being a devoted reader of TeachPianoToday.com), and learning from your competition is certainly one of them. If you already view another teacher as your competition, then your awareness of them means they’re doing something right! Delve into their business and teaching practices, and discover if they’re doing something that you should be doing, but aren’t.
3. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until…
it’s gone! But nobody’s leaving, because a little competition makes you appreciate your current piano students and work really hard to make sure they don’t fly the coup. Remember, it is much easier to keep a current student than it is to find a new one.
One Really Important Reason To Love Your Competitors
If you have competitors, this means you can can have (or probably do have) a music teachers’ organization (whether formal or informal). And if you have a music teachers’ organization, that means you have an army of individuals who can work together on shared projects to grow the music industry in your community through awareness.
Want piano lessons to explode in your community? Consider getting a bunch of piano teaching friends together to:
- 1. hold a music marathon
- 2. promote a composing competition that ends with a community concert
- 3. raise funds for a music-related charity
- 4. put together a Christmas Carol Choir for the holidays
- 5. put together a group of student Arts Stars who play gigs for local elementary schools
- 6. hold theme month concerts (African, Celtic, Hip Hop, Scrap Metal Music)
- 7. start a studio practice challenge, heck, challenge each other to practice for 88 days straight
Does your music teachers’ organization do something interesting or unique to raise awareness for the arts in your community? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.