In his first year teaching at the university of Auckland, an international music teacher has discovered that being an entrepreneur can be a great way to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs.
“In the classroom I’ve found it helps a lot to have a business background.
It helps me think more clearly about what I want my students to achieve in life,” says Dr Michael Crampton.
“If you can create a business, then you can be really effective at teaching them the value of entrepreneurship.”
This isn’t the first time Dr Cramton has worked in the music industry.
Back in 2007 he was the music teacher at the University of Otago and has since moved on to work for the music school of St George’s University.
He has a degree in music education and teaches students the importance of developing and maintaining their entrepreneurial skills.
“It helps me feel more confident that I’m doing the right thing and I’m not just being a boss,” he says.
Dr Crowley’s business ventures include his own record label, the music company, and his own business.
He is also the music educator at the new Auckland music school, and has his own degree in business.
“The value of being a teacher is really to help my students develop their business skills,” he explains.
“We’re also teaching the business side of entrepreneurship, so we’re learning how to get things done and how to be innovative.”
“As an entrepreneur you need to have the right attitude,” Dr Crempton says.
“You have to think clearly about your business model and what you want to achieve.”
He says having the right mindset can be challenging.
“I have a lot of students who feel a bit lost when they’re not in a position to take a risk,” he notes.
One of the challenges Dr Crompton is facing in the industry is that his students are still learning business skills. “
But when you have the correct mindset, you can take that risk and take that next step.”
One of the challenges Dr Crompton is facing in the industry is that his students are still learning business skills.
As an international teacher, he can’t be on the ground with students in the US and UK.
“My students need to be able to work with me from home because I can’t go out with them.
I need to teach them from the ground up, so I need them to work from home,” he admits.
“So I need my students in New Zealand to do the same.”
Dr Crumpton says that he is trying to get his students to be more aware of the opportunities that are out there.
“When I look at how to take risks and to be creative and to build something, they are always looking for a challenge.
So I’m trying to put myself in their shoes.
I’m teaching them to think like entrepreneurs.”
He explains that he thinks that students who have worked in other professions are more likely to fail in their entrepreneurial endeavours.
“For example, I was a very good salesman.
But I failed in my business career because I didn’t have a passion for the business.
So the more you have to be an entrepreneur the less you will learn about what you need,” he concludes.
If you’re a student at Auckland University of Technology you can apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Education or Creative Writing, or a Masters in Music or Education.
To get a copy of Dr Croyley’s full research paper, visit www.davidcramptonmusic.com/research.