How Can I Be Successful As A Private Instructor?

  • Dave Isaacs
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Today there are literally 100s of thousands of amazing musicians who teach guitar, piano and other instruments in person, online or both. So the challenge for any instructor is to find a way to stand out above the rest.

In this video, Dave Isaacs, aka the Nashville Guitar Guru, explains how he has been able to establish a respected and successful business as an independent music teacher in a city flooded with talented musicians/teachers.


Advice Dave Shares In This Video

Picking One Path

Learn why it's important to pick a path to specialize in and dedicating yourself to it.

Your Brand

Dave share the impact establishing the brand 'Nashville Guitar Guru' has made.


Learn  some of the teaching techniques that can set you apart from others.


Find out if paid advertsising has been effective for Dave.


Find out why it may be beneficial to write books, develop courses etc.

What's Missing

Learn  what Dave believes is missing in the way most teachers work.
About The EXPERT

Dave Isaacs

There’s no shortage of guitar teachers in Music City USA…they don’t call Nashville “Guitar Town” for nothing. But Dave Isaacs has earned a reputation as one of the best: not simply a guitar and piano teacher but as a musical mentor to performing artists, songwriters, and working musicians as well as beginners, weekend warriors, and perpetual beginners.

Dave’s approach to teaching develops not only guitar playing but the whole musician, building real skills, confidence, and musical knowledge.

Dave published his first book, The Perpetual Beginner: A Musician’s Path To Lifelong Learning in 2019. Publishers Weekly called it “a delightful blend of memoir and music instruction” and featured it as a spotlight new release.

As a speaker and workshop leader, Dave offers creative people = and those who want to be more creative – with an inspiring and practical perspective on music, methodology, and motivation.

Dave’s students have included hit songwriters, internationally touring performers, and the next generation of Nashville’s rising stars.

A dynamic performing artist himself, he played in venues across the US from small clubs to festivals and concert halls. He has jammed with Les Paul on a Manhattan nightclub stage, rocked in the mud at Yasgur’s Farm, harmonized in Greenwich Village folk clubs, and chicken-picked hot licks on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. His twelve independent album releases run a wide stylistic range, from eclectic singer-songwriter to swampy groove-blues, bright country-rock, Southern soul, and lyrical jazz and classical guitar.

On the academic side, Dave is an award-winning graduate of the New York’s venerable Manhattan School of Music, with a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance. He was a full-time instructor of music and music technology at Tennessee State University from 2009-2013, and taught music theory and listening skills in the audio production program at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville from 2008-2016.

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