Skip to main content

Watch Preview

Becoming A Music Teacher: The Art of Sharing Your Talent

with Mike Johnston

Log in or Sign up for FREE and get full access to these and thousands of other Open Lessons in our catalog! Watch 2 Lessons For Free

  •   02 What is Teaching?

  •   05 Techniques of Teaching: Analogies and Dem


Class duration: 5h 22m

See all 13 lessons
  • 2K students

    100% satisfaction guaranteed

  • 100% recommended

    9 student reviews

  • Access anytime


Get the Pass

starting at $25 $13/month*

Unlock this class plus 1500+ more >

Watch Now

You already have access!

Buy Class


About The Class

monetize your music knowledge.

For someone who lives and breathes music, teaching it can be an awesome way to earn money doing what you love. In Becoming A Music Teacher: The Art of Sharing Your Talent, award-winning educator and founder of, Mike Johnston, will show you how to get started.

Teaching music is a great way to monetize your musical knowledge, but it takes a lot more than raw information to effectively guide others. In this class, Mike will teach you the art of delivering information in a concise, actionable way that makes complex ideas easily digestible. You’ll learn techniques for engaging students and presenting information in a way that holds their attention while helping them actually retain what you teach them. You’ll also dig into the business end of teaching. Monetizing teaching is more complex than hanging up a sign in your local guitar center – Mike will cover how to find and keep paying students.

If you want to share your passion for music with others and make money while doing it, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to do it the right way from world's #1 online drum teacher.

Topics Covered

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Bonus Video: How to Create a Drum Solo

  2. 02

    What is Teaching?

  3. 03

    Practicing Teaching

  4. 04

    Teaching Q&A

  5. 05

    Techniques of Teaching: Analogies and Dem

  6. 06

    Techniques of Teaching: Explanation and Retention

  7. 07

    Additional Teaching Techniques

  8. 08

    Breakthrough Moments

  9. 09

    Branding Yourself

  10. 10

    Published Content

  11. 11

    How to Make a Living as a Private Instructor

  12. 12

    Getting Clients

  13. 13

    Making a Living Q&A


Meet Your Expert

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is an American drummer and educator. He currently runs the world’s biggest educational website for drummers,, where he offers live and pre-recorded drum lessons.Mike Johnston began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the ... read more

See instructor's Classes

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • fbuser b4d93b5f

    September 2015

    Mike is such a great educator. He is well versed in all aspects of teaching and also branding and making a living with it. He is a passionate and truly dedicated teacher. I also really liked that he made it clear that teaching is not a plan b for him but his true calling and it can be such a rewarding experience. I got a lot out of this session and I truly recommend it to anyone who is interesting in taking this path.

  • Creativelive Student

    August 2014

    Mike, thank you for your wonderful teaching. I have been a performer and vocal educator for over 20 years and I've learn so much today to add to my own personal instruction. These teachings are so transferrable and your passion is simply awesome. I see you and I see a reflection of myself. I'm going to study you some more by purchasing this session. It's been awesome to watch. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • user-72da01

    July 2015

    This is the most brilliant class. There are so many great points in here, it is an information overload; but explained it such a simple way. I watch one of these videos almost every week, just to top up on what I should be giving my students - it serves as a good reminder and an even better teaching aid. Mike; time and time again, he releases great media that everyone must see. I can't speak highly enough of this.

    Similar classes you might like

    You know who’d love this class...?

    When gift-spiration strikes, grab it. Give this class to a friend who’d love it. For their birthday or just because. (Or just because you missed their birthday.)