Pathways in Teaching series.

October 23.

Starting up in Business with Richard Batty.

Richard will take you through 3 main essentials for running yourself as a business:


Richard will take you through all the practical aspects of running your self as a business, what you need to think about pre setting up and of course, how to keep your business in tip top shape. How to get students and how to keep them. How to present your home or find premises that may be more suitable. What insurances do you need? How do you present yourself to the inland revenue? How do you bill your students? do you really need headed notepaper? What is your role in nurturing your students? What part do you play in their lives? Do you really need a web site? YES!!!

These are just a few questions that Richard will tackle in his session. It will be an interactive session so bring those questions!


1.    Setting up:  This will include finding premises, using your home, self employment and company status, dealing with your legal and tax obligations.


2.    Marketing yourself: Getting yourself noticed in the increasingly crowded teaching world, understanding and defining your prospective students.


3.    Maintaining your business:  Banking, accounting and invoicing. Planning for the future, and understanding why students leave and how to keep them.   


Everyone is welcome. Please do spread the word and encourage anyone to attend who might be interested. Thankyou!

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  • Faculty

    Richard Batty











    Richard has a full time private teaching practice in the heart of rural Cambridgeshire teaching piano guitar and trumpet with an average of 70 students.  He has had an extensive performance career, and 40plus years of private teaching experience.  He is also greatly experienced in tutoring and mentoring in the business world, where he has run courses dealing with maintaining and expanding business in industry at a national level.  Working on the principle that in essence running a teaching business is in fact little different to running a shop or a factory, today's session is about discovering the potential in yourself to get your students, and then how to keep them.

  • Details and Costs


    ESTA member £25

    ESTA non member £35

    ESTA student £15

    ESTA student non member £25

    We have arranged that students from music colleges can attend for free. If you are a student member or a non member and astill at college, please choose the 'College Student' option.


    All sessions are 2.30-5.30 at the Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN Telephone: (020) 7586 8327.

    The entrance is down a little passage with a metal barrier in front of it, slightly tricky to spot. Go through the alley and you’ll see the building. There is free on street parking for those driving. 

    Tube: The nearest tube is Chalk Farm on the Northern line and is about a 10 minute walk.

    Primrose Hill Map


  • Terms and Conditions

    Conditions of Booking.

    Booking is open to members and non-members of the European String Teachers' Association. For details of membership of ESTA(UK) please contact the membership secretary or visit our ESTA Benefits page.

    In case of illness or other circumstances beyond our control we reserve the right to alter advertised presenters but will inform you if this proves necessary.

    The European String Teachers' Association accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments or personal belongings. You are strongly advised to provide your own insurance for instruments and other possessions.

    ESTA reserves the right to take photographs and video content. If you have any objections please email

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