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Legal Landscape: Business Structure Options for Music Teachers (Open Access)

Are you trying to decide on the best business structure for your teaching? OR are you looking for ways to upgrade or change your current teaching situation? Besides the two traditional platforms (independent studio and university faculty) there are other attractive choices available. Offered here are descriptions of several options, their pros and cons, and the legal/tax pluses and minuses of various business types. …

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Because we generally have good relationships with our students and colleagues, we may be naive about legal issues that can affect our studios.… We, therefore, must be aware of the legal issues concerning us as professional music teachers. …

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The New Face of Music (and Copyright) (Open Access)

COVID, virtual teaching, Zoom, downloadable PDFs…all have changed music instruction forever, and rapidly. Don’t let it change your respect for the laws governing copyrights, purchasing music, and sharing that music with others …

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Copyright Information (Open Access)

MTNA provides information on the reproduction, recording, distribution and performance of music and the guidelines that govern these actions.

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What Every Independent Music Teacher Should Know About Business Licenses and Zoning Regulations (Open Access)

When launching a music studio, it is important to understand the requirements for local business licenses and zoning regulations. Following zoning laws and acquiring a business license when necessary protects a private studio or commercial school from unwanted fines or closure for noncompliance, so it is wise for us all to be educated on this important topic …

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Zoning Kit

Independent Music Teachers frequently have questions and concerns regarding home studios. MTNA provides a Zoning Kit to address these various concerns.

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