Become a Teacher
Dear fellow Guitar Teacher,
Thank you for writing, and I am pleased that you're interested in teaching online.
My name is Andy Schiller. I am a guitar teacher, who has been on the music faculty of Siena Heights University and Adrian College, performed in Carnegie Hall, studied under Yale's Benjamin Verdery and Julliard's Sharon Isbin, earned my Masters at the University of Denver, and toured Europe with the Rome Festival Orchestra.
I started the website and app "BeyondGuitar.com" three years ago as its sole operator, and it has grown beyond my ability to do it all myself. I post lesson videos on songs I know in every genre, from Rock to Classical. Popular songs don't get purchased often - people come to my site to find rare and hard to find songs, or tunes from unknown artists, performances from YouTube, or arrangements they can't find anywhere else. I sell a lot of Kaki King, Andy McKee, Naudo Rodriguez, Jazz Arrangements, and artists who are not world famous. I am getting more and more requests for specific songs, and I'm having trouble making time to answer them all quickly. Lately, I've gotten requests for easy songs for kids, the solos in Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, and Naudo arrangements from YouTube.
I propose that If I get too many requests, I hand some of them off to you. You would have to tape the lessons in your studio with the proper lighting and clear sound. You could then email me the movie files, and then I post them on BeyondGuitar. You would earn 50% of the price of the video EVERY TIME IT IS PURCHASED. It is a great way to earn residual income.
Right now I am selling videos for $.99 each, but I have been advised that I should be charging much more, up to $5.99 each. A full song is typically divided into 10 lessons that are 8 minutes each.
I've just released an app for Android, iPhone, and iPad a month ago. The app includes 30 videos. If your videos are included in the app, you will receive a share of the profits each time it is sold.
In March, I will be purchasing an advertisement in Guitar World magazine, to drive more traffic to the site. The ad will specifically call attention to the "request a lesson" feature.
If you are genuinely interested in teaching and making money on the site, our next step is to have you review and sign the contract.I can email it to you, or you can download it at www.beyondguitar.com/becomeATeacher. I would love to have some lessons in Spanish, or any other language beside English!!! Please check out the website and the app in the meantime, and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Feel free to contact us with questions at: email@example.com. Prepare a sample teaching video that shows you at your best. Make it five to ten minutes on a subject of your choosing. We are open to all styles and genres. Teachers on our website ejoy a whopping 50% revenue sharing agreement, the highest in the industry. Feel free to download our Contract for teachers, and I look forward to working with you.
Q: What if I only have a cheap camcorder?
A: You can make that work. Use a tripod. DO NOT have a person hold the camera - it will shake. Get as close to the camera as possible and speak clearly. Work in a place with no background sounds. Make certain that your guitar sound does not drown out your voice! More light is better than not enough light.
Q: I don't have editing software. Can you do that for me?
A: Yes. If you send us a file or a tape, we can edit it for you. Try not to say "Ummm" at all, because we can't edit that out every time you say it (we've tried - it doesn't work!). Also, don't say "Put your, you know, second finger, you know, on the, you know, second fret, you know..."
Q: What should I wear?
A: Anything. But bright colored clothes against a dark background is a good place to start. Shirts with words and logos don't fare well, as your guitar will partially block them.