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TC244: Supporting your local community with Mike Grande

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Jun 04 2021

TopCast 244 - Supporting your local community with Mike Grande

We’ve got a return guest today, Mike Grande, who actually came on the show about a year ago right at the start of the pandemic. 

We’re doing a catch up on what he’s been up to, how he handled the closure of his half a million dollar school in New York 5 months after it opened, and the great things he has done and is still doing to help his students, their families and his local community.

Of course, we’ll also be talking about his Rock Out Loud Live platform and how things are going with that since it started during the start of the pandemic.

  • [04:09] Mike shares his experience with building his music schools and how Rock Out Loud Live started.
  • [06:48] The reason why Mike decided to build a new platform for online lessons.
  • [10:34] How he handled the situation his studio was in during COVID.
  • [15:42] The story behind his recent award.
  • [19:52] How hybrid lessons are going to play out in the future.
  • [22:39] Using virtual lessons for make-up lessons.
  • [24:34] Mike gives an overview on Rock Out Loud Live.
  • [27:10] Features of Rock Out Loud Live.
  • [30:26] The number of users the platform has today.
  • [31:50] Rock Out Loud Live pricing and inclusions.
  • [32:59] Talking about back up plans for your business.
  • [36:44] Mike shares his presentation on One Inch at the Teacher Turbo Conference.

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About our Guest

Michael Grande is the owner of two music schools; one in New York and one in New Jersey. In November 2019, after spending over $650,000 building out his New Jersey school; Rock Out Loud, he was told he had to close due to COVID-19. As the music education world went to ZOOM for Virtual Music Lessons, Michael decided to accelerate the production of his own Virtual Music Lesson Portal; RockOutLoud.live. RockOutLoud.live is the world’s FIRST Virtual Music Lesson portal designed for music educators that is three years in the making. To date, Rock Out Loud Live is now being used in 113 countries, hosts over 40,000 lessons a week and has 4000+ music schools currently using the platform for their Virtual Music Lessons.

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About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at dev.topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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