"My courses are hands-on. You learn, you do. The students definitely want to know how to handle their money. They ask a lot of questions, good questions, because the subject matter is off-topic—it's not music."
"One of the things I try to tell these kids is that their income is based on other people's discretionary income. I definitely try to emphasize that, especially in today's overall economy. This is how you make your income. If money gets tight, and people don't have the money to pay you, it can be a vicious cycle."
"Music is an art form, but it's also a business, and you need to approach it as a business. If you don't, somebody's going to take advantage of you."