TTTV067: Building a Travelling Piano School with Abraham Levitan

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Abraham Levitan didn’t come from a traditional, conservatory background. So, when he started teaching he included all genres of music. He custom arranged pop tunes for his students and encouraged them to play the music that they enjoyed listening to.

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Perhaps that’s why he was so popular. His teaching style was friendly and accessible and his studio quickly grew. Soon he had a sizeable waiting list and started looking into hiring teachers.

But how did he find the right teachers?

How do you find teachers for a travelling music school that align with your ideas and philosophy of teaching? How do you make sure teachers stick with you for the long term?

Find out all about Abraham’s approach to hiring, scheduling, and teaching in today’s podcast. Maybe it will even inspire you to start a travelling music school too.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • The benefit of Abraham’s unusual route to piano teaching
  • How a teacher focussed business is better for students
  • Why he stuck with travelling lessons and didn’t open a studio location
  • When running a business, why simple is better than perfect
  • Why Chicago is so suited to a travelling music school
  • Abraham’s approach to professional development for his teachers
  • How to hire teachers that fit your philosophy and style
  • The interview process Abraham uses in his studio

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Full Transcript


What surprised you about Abraham’s travelling studio?

What did you love about his approach to hiring? Was there anything you disagreed with or would do differently?

Are you tempted to start your own travelling piano school?

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