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Work from Home Business Idea: Music Instructor


If you have a passion for music and teaching, a great home business idea you can pursue is becoming a music instructor. It's the perfect WAHM job if you love to teach and are willing and able to welcome students into your home.

One-on-One Instruction

You can provide music instruction to students from the comfort of your own home. Pick an area where you'd like to teach, such as your living room or a spare room. Decide which hours you'd like to teach, depending on your family and personal needs. Also, consider the availability of the students you want to teach. For example, homeschool students are available during morning and afternoon hours, but working adults may not be available until the evenings. You can teach students from 30 to 90 minutes weekly, and charge anywhere from $30 to $45 per hour. Students pay for their own course materials.

Group Instruction

In addition to one-on-one instruction, you can teach music to groups of students. You'll have to determine the maximum size of the group based on the space you have available, and the ages of the students you want to work with. You can market yourself as a music instructor to existing groups or you can create your own. The benefit to the student is a cheaper rate, because the costs are shared by the group. The benefit to you is a higher hourly rate, because several students will be paying for music instruction at the same time. You can charge anywhere from $8 to $25 per hour.


Working from home as a music instructor is a profitable home business idea. WAHM Music instructors earn anywhere between $1,000 to $2,500 monthly.  You may not reach these earnings right away, but you can make profits within 6 months with consistent marketing and by providing excellent instruction. 

Working with Children  

You have to make sure that you set ground rules and stick to them if you decide to work with children in your home. Discuss your rules with the parents up front, so they know the expectations for their children before, during and after your class. You should also give the parent the option to stay and watch the music instruction. This will help them help their children with music practice and homework during the week, and it may encourage the children to pay more attention to you.

Working Online

Another way to expand this home business idea is to provide music instruction over the internet. You can write lessons and publish them on a website or blog for free or for pay. When you make lessons available online for free and promote your website or blog so that it reaches 300 or more unique visitors a day, you can sell advertisements. If you prefer to charge for the lessons, then consider starting a membership website where students can pay a monthly, yearly or lifetime fee to access your lessons.

Becoming a full-time music instructor will take time, but it can be done if you're willing to work hard and learn to run a business. Try not to limit yourself in the beginning to just teaching students when they show up for appointments. Look for ways to expand your services, such as writing and selling music lessons or becoming a distributor for your favorite music materials.


Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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