At some point, you will be asking your students to pay.

If you aren’t already charging a participation fee, it will be an instrument rental, recorder purchase, or uniform, or t-shirt, or bus fee, or even a full-blown-all-out-grandiose tour to Las Vegas or Anaheim or Miami or Toronto or even just your very next National Association for Music Education conference.

It could be $4 or $4000, but if your student can’t paid for it…can you? Can your program? Can your school?

Your best bet is to hedge your bets and give your students ideas for how they can help themselves, right?

True story: I did a lot of unwilling selling in high school. I sold chocolates…cookie dough…frozen pizzas….and for &#%$ sake even window clings!

And I absolutely 100% hated it. Not because I wasn’t good at it, but because I didn’t feel like #1 I should have to or #2 these were anything that anyone actually needed. I appreciated my beloved high school band teacher for giving us these opportunities, but we did have limited practice room space with all of that inventory taking up room where I really just wanted to practice my horn trio for solo and ensemble festival.

Now that I have a little more experience in the biz world and such, I would like to offer up to you some more modern and HIGHER PROFIT MARGIN options for how you, too, can provide opportunities for your students to fund themselves without having to worry about perishables in your classroom.

So, without further ado…I offer these ideas up for your viewing pleasure. And as always, I would adore reading your comments below. If there’s something you’ve tried that I don’t cover here please please please please share it! If there’s an idea I offer you can’t wait to try, please please pretty please share that as well.