Teaching Ableton Live can be a really rewarding experience. It can not only let you distill your knowledge, but it can help propel your career in a whole new way.
Here is a list of benefits of teaching Ableton Live:
1. Better Learning Through Teaching
As any teacher will tell you, when you have to teach somebody something you become way more proficient at it. You have to know the in and outs of the subject so it opens up whole new avenues you might not ever have known about. Also, because your students ask questions it opens up new learning opportunities for you.
2. Added Income
Teaching has definitely helped me as a musician. It’s helped me turn to a full time musician a lot faster than if I was 100% depending on the gigs. It gives a nice side income to help support any level of musician.
3. Deeper Connections in the Industry
Being a teacher will open a lot of opportunities. You might find your local community college asking you to teach. There you could run into professors that do art grants, or students that are going to be the next Skrillex or other connections. In the last 7 years I have connected with MIDI controller companies, software developers, schools, festivals, and you name it.
4. Added Bonus to your Booking
Getting booked can be quite hard these days. There is a lot of competition. Anything you can do to stand out will help. I have found offering a workshop has been something that tipped the scale. In some cases it was mine in on a festival that wouldn’t have me to begin with, but after they have me as a teacher they booked me as an act.
Don’t get me wrong, teaching takes a lot of effort, but I think it’s worth it. There are over 2 million Ablation Live Users out there and new users every day looking to pick it up.
If you are interested in connecting with other Ableton Live Teachers and learning about the industry, then check out the new Facebook group I put together: Teaching Ableton Live and Music Technology
Join the group and share you experience or questions around Teaching Ableton Live.