You’ll find yourself trading ideas with fellow Teachers, whether through online forums, Facebook groups, or perhaps professional organizations such as MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) or NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), to name just a few. Take advantage of these groups to the fullest.
You’ll soon see your fellow Teachers are super supportive and have lots of great ideas, whether it has to do with business-related matters, or how to deal with difficult students or parents. Chances are, no matter what your concern, someone has dealt with it before and can offer sound advice.
The other way your network expands is through your local community. Once people find out you’re a Music Teacher, they may want to collaborate. Offer yourself up for workshops at your local libraries, non-profits, community theaters, and schools, and you’ll find yourself meeting tons of interesting new people from all walks of life who want to take lessons from you.
There are also lots of other professionals you will need to have in your corner for you AND your students. A few examples may include a good Piano Tuner, a Yoga Instructor, Acting Coach, a Graphic Designer, and an Accountant.
Although you may feel somewhat isolated during the day as you teach, the truth is you have the opportunity to really grow your circle in so many ways. Like in all professions, networking is the way to go. Schedule a time to have coffee with a fellow Teacher to bounce ideas off of each other. It will get you out the studio and be a nice break, and you never know how he or she can help you (and vice versa).