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Life Bio

I am Prudence McDaniel, a professional cellist who has enjoyed a successful career which includes more than 35 years of performing with national and regional orchestras, being the cellist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet, LLC for the last 18 years of the quartet’s 30 year history, and being a college instructor for 18 years, serving at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M, Blinn and Temple Colleges (TX) where I have taught cello, History of Chamber Music, Music Appreciation, and History of Rock and Roll. And, through it all, I am still a happy and successful private cello studio owner having served over 900 private students.

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The Journey

In 2017, while recovering from breast cancer treatments, I had a lovely conversation with a former student who had recently graduated with her degree in music education and was about to begin a new job as a high school orchestra teacher. During our conversation, out of curiosity, I asked what kind of information she had received from the music business course she took. What did they say about creating a private teaching studio? Her response was

  • find your students
  • create your policies
  • figure out what to charge based on the local standard rate

That was it. And, I was shocked and rather appalled. It was then that I realised how important it was for musicians and artists to have better access to business information since they were functioning as entrepreneurs (solopreneurs, truthfully).

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