Mr C’s Mu­sic – 2017 New Busi­ness of the Year Award Fi­nal­ist

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An in­ter­view with Gabe Chowanetz – owner-op­er­a­tor

Why did you get in­volved in/ start your busi­ness?

Af­ter com­plet­ing a mu­sic de­gree in Mel­bourne, I de­cided to move back to Euroa with the idea of run­ning a small mu­sic tu­ition busi­ness to pro­vide gui­tar and key­board lessons within the North East re­gion. I en­rolled in the New En­ter­prise In­cen­tive Scheme (NEIS) and com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate in Small Busi­ness, which was re­ally help­ful with the ad­min­is­tra­tive side of my busi­ness. Over the past year, I have es­tab­lished a solid base of stu­dents and am now teach­ing out of Nagam­bie Pri­mary School, Euroa Pri­mary School, Per­an­bin Pri­mary Col­lege, Notre Dame Col­lege and a small stu­dio in Shep­par­ton, Earth Child Mu­sic, while also of­fer­ing pri­vate tu­ition.

What is the most en­joy­able as­pect of your busi­ness/job?

I find it’s the re­la­tion­ship that I’ve de­vel­oped with each stu­dent and watch­ing them progress on and off the in­stru­ment that’s so re­ward­ing. Hav­ing a good re­la­tion­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the par­ents also makes a big dif­fer­ence. I en­joy the flex­i­bil­ity of choos­ing the hours I work and be­ing my own boss. There is a lot of va­ri­ety in the job – trav­el­ling to the dif­fer­ent towns and teach­ing at both pri­mary and se­condary lev­els as well as adults. Pass­ing on my knowl­edge and love of mu­sic is also very re­ward­ing.

What are the big­gest chal­lenges you face?

Keep­ing up en­thu­si­asm for mu­sic in the com­mu­nity – kids have so many choices with af­ter school ac­tiv­i­ties that there may not be time for mu­sic lessons or reg­u­lar prac­tice. Look­ing af­ter my stu­dents and mak­ing sure they are en­joy­ing their lessons, pro­gress­ing on their in­stru­ment and want­ing to go fur­ther is an on­go­ing challenge for me as a teacher.

What op­por­tu­ni­ties would help you to grow your busi­ness?

Most of my op­por­tu­ni­ties so far, es­pe­cially with the work in the schools, have come from per­son­ally ap­proach­ing the prin­ci­pals or by rec­om­men­da­tion from one of my con­tacts in the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try. So­cial net­work­ing has also been part of pro­mot­ing my busi­ness and it has been en­cour­ag­ing to get a pos­i­tive re­sponse to what I’m do­ing. I would like to fur­ther my knowl­edge of teach­ing mu­sic with some pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. Plans for the future? I would like those stu­dents in­ter­ested in go­ing fur­ther with their mu­sic to work towards per­form­ing pub­licly, both at school and for the wider com­mu­nity. I am keen to hold a con­cert at the end of the year. I also have some ideas for a hol­i­day mu­sic pro­gram and plan to get this up and run­ning next year.

FOR THE LOVE OF MU­SIC: Gabe Chowanetz owner-op­er­a­tor of Mr C’s Mu­sic (cen­tre) with four of his stu­dents from left to right Dy­lan Tay­lor, Anna Row­lands, Re­gan Tay­lor and Harry Palmer.

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