Music Instructor

Erykah Badu once said, “Keep in mind that I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit.” Musicians are usually very passionate about their music and eager to share it with the world. If you’ve always been musically inclined, but becoming a recording artist isn't really your style, consider becoming a Music Instructor. 

Music Instructor VBOs teach students of all ages musical techniques and music theory. Instructors may work one-on-one with students or host large groups of students via screen sharing and video conference.


Music Instructor VBOs teach children and adults how to sing or play musical instruments. Lessons usually include music theory, scales, sight reading, techniques, and instrument care. Music Instructor VBOs may teach students how to prepare for auditions, live performances or musical exams. Many Music Instructor VBOs also record and post their lessons on websites such as Udemy or YouTube. As a successful Music Instructor VBO, you should be familiar with recording software such as Pro Tools and Logic, as well as video streaming and conference tools such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and UberConference.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a Music Instructor VBO:

  • You already have a skill; why not make a business out of it?
  • You can post courses on YouTube, Udemy, Coursera, or build your own site.
  • You can help students find their passion in music.

Here are some Niche ideas for your VBO Lifestyle:
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Primary Niche

Music Instructor

SUB Niche

Teaching Music Theory on YouTube

VBO Niche

Teaching Music Theory To Aspiring Composers

In the other tabs featuring Blogs and Courses, we provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a Music Instructor. If you have questions about becoming a Music Instructor VBO, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Plan and prepare lessons for group and individual students.
  • Use proper music teaching materials and resources.
  • Teach fundamental music skills and theory to young or new students.
  • Adapt courses to suit students with a higher skill level.
  • Adapt courses to suit students with a lower skill level or who need more assistance.
  • Prepare students for auditions, performances, recording sessions and exams.
  • Assist students with enrolling in performances or finding auditions.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $20.00 to $80.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $30.00 to $50.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


Mrs. Miracle's Music Room

Mrs. Miracle's Music Room is a website dedicated to teaching music. She provides tools that are useful for both students and instructors, including tutorials, composition notes and tools, and even podcasts.


Soundtrap is a useful tool for students and instructors, providing the latest curriculum through music, podcasts, training and more.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddies of online training. Pretty much all courses are well-vetted and professionally done. While their courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge, which is a great deal.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities, including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are similar to the instruction you’d receive in higher education.







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