Welcome to my Journey
Hi There! I am Nichola Beat, that’s right I married Mr Beat in 2011. I am Managing Director of The Music Tutor Ltd and mummy to 2 boys. When I am not begin a wife and mummy I am running the company. I started my own business in 2001 and it has grown from strength to strength. I have 25 years of experience in teaching first starting with 1 class of beginners learning keyboard on a Saturday afternoon. 19 years has gone ever so quickly since opening and we currently have around 200 students attending a weekly music lesson and 9 members of staff. I have lots of enthusiasm and once you get to know me this shows in and out of my teaching room.
On March 21st 2020 we closed our doors due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This meant no more lessons face to face for now. All staff were placed on furlough and I began the struggle of keeping the business afloat on my own. Unfortunately, my business like many during this hard time, has had no support from the Government. I was devastated to find out that my company did not qualify as a small business which meant we have not had any small business grants or rates holiday to get us through this struggle.
May Update: I have been running online keyboard and piano tuition since the end of March. I am proud how quickly I was able to get this set up and pleased that I had a few students who wanted to continue their lessons with me. The last few months have been an emotional roller coaster and we are currently waiting to see if and when we can re-open in line with advice from Government guidance to protect my staff, customers and our families. Planning for the potential re-opening is now in progress. The plan is for the company to open its doors to staff enabling the business to offer a wider variety of online music tuition. This will be phased in slowly. Once this is under way then we can re-evaluate starting face to face tuition if it is safe to do this and with detailed risk assessments and guidance in place.
June Update: We are now taking bookings for more instruments for online lessons to start early next month! I am also please to say that we have been given a small business grant! It only took 3 attempts to qualify! That will help with the business overheads for a short period of time but it will help.
July Update: Relaunch – I am delighted to inform you that I have some staff back at work from today teaching music lessons online. It has been lovely hearing teachers teaching again. Please get in touch if you were a student in March and are able to start online lessons – we need your support!
Where I work
This is where we hold face to face tuition. It’s a lovely building and we occupy half of the ground floor. You will find a waiting area, reception & 6 tuition studios. Take a look at my gallery.
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Running a Business & being a Mummy!
I love being a mum and my boys mean everything to me. I have mum guilt every day when I am working so hard to rebuild my business after the effects of corona virus. I love networking with other mum’s who share similar situation and trying to joggle a happy work & life balance.