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CPTP174: How a 16 year old Teacher is Building an Online Empire with Alexa Madison

By Tim Topham | Business and Marketing

Oct 25

What can you learn from a 16-year old piano teacher about teaching, blogging, marketing, composing, selling and running a studio with 30 students? 

Alexa Madison

My guest today is 16-year old Alexa Madison who is a young piano teacher and budding composer moving her way up in piano teaching and business. 

She has successfully built a business not only teaching piano, but also selling resources and original compositions to fellow teachers as well. She has grown a social media following and has a blog where she shares her teaching ideas to allow other teachers to benefit from her experiences.

There is so much to learn from this young woman and I’m pretty excited to share her story with you in this episode of the Creative Piano Teaching Podcast. So listen in and enjoy this inspiring show with Alexa Madison.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • [05:34] 16-year old Alexa tells us her story on how she learned piano.
  • [07:07] Teaching her first unofficial and official piano lessons.
  • [08:06] Her parents’ thoughts about Alexa teaching piano at a very young age.
  • [09:16] The space where she teaches her students in their home.
  • [09:51] The ages and levels of her current students.
  • [10:41] How she has built up her studio to 30 students in 4 years.
  • [13:07] Managing school and teaching piano at the same time.
  • [15:27] The best and worst experiences in the piano lessons she received and how she has used these to improve the lessons she gives her students.
  • [16:47] Alexa as a self-taught composer who sells her compositions online.
  • [19:00] How she came up with her ideas on teaching, building a social following, blogging, and being entrepreneurial.
  • [20:10] Building and growing her online store.
  • [20:45] The resources she offers teachers on her website.
  • [21:44] Her process and method of composing songs.
  • [23:49] Her teaching approach with young beginners.
  • [25:29] What older piano teachers can learn from a younger teacher.
  • [26:56] The reason she named her Facebook Page and Group “Piano Language”
  • [28:57] Kinds of students she enjoys writing music for.
  • [29:48] Composers that she admires and loves.
  • [31:52] Alexa’s future plans for her business.

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.