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Selling courses on Soundslice

Soundslice lets you create interactive music lessons and sell them on our platform.

You create the course content and set the price. We take care of all the technical and business infrastructure such as web hosting, payment processing and user accounts.

This page describes everything you need to know about how it works.

What is a course?

A course is a collection of slices, packaged nicely together. See Managing content on Soundslice for an overview of how to create slices.

A course can contain only a single slice — if, for example, you want to sell a single piece of sheet music. Or it can contain several dozen slices — if, for example, you create an in-depth course about a particular musical style.

A course can consist of video or mere audio. In either case, the video/audio should be synced with music notation/tab to take full advantage of the Soundslice experience. (Although you can sell video packages on Soundslice without notation, we advise against it. The whole point of Soundslice is syncing audio/video with notation to make a high-quality learning experience!)

For concrete examples of courses, visit the Soundslice store and look around. Most courses in our store have a few free samples.

How it works

Anybody with a free Soundslice account can sell a course, as long as you’ve verified your email address. However, free Soundslice accounts can only sync notation with YouTube videos; if you want to protect your materials, upgrade to a paid Soundslice plan for the ability to upload video/audio directly to our site.

Here’s a detailed look at how to put a course together:

  1. Create slice(s) that sync video/audio with music notation. See Managing content on Soundslice for the nuts and bolts how to create slices. See Optimizing your video lessons for Soundslice for advice on optimizing your teaching style/content to take full advantage of our tools.
  2. After you’ve created slices, create a course. Make sure to choose “Sell your course to the world.”
  3. Once you’ve created the course, you’ll be taken to its list of slices — which will be empty to start. Click “Add a slice to this course” and repeatedly add the slice(s) that comprise the course. You can reorder them as needed.
  4. Click the “Settings” tab to add useful information — a tagline, an image and intro text for students. This page also includes sales settings: the course cost (in U.S. dollars), sales page marketing copy and some light categorization of genre, instrument and course type. (Need us to add a genre/instrument? Just contact us!)
  5. When you’re ready to make the course available for sale, visit the “Settings” tab and change the status from “Draft” to “Live on your channel.”
  6. After you’ve made the course live, it will be accessible on your Soundslice channel. To view your channel, click your user icon at the top right of any Soundslice page and select “Your channel.” If you currently have any courses available for sale, you’ll see a “Courses” tab that lists them.

How people buy your course

Once a course is live, people can purchase it via its marketing page on your channel. Here’s how it works from a purchaser’s perspective:

  1. A person views the course marketing page via your Soundslice channel.
  2. When they’re ready to buy, they add it to their shopping cart. They can make the purchase either via credit card or PayPal. They’ll need to have a free Soundslice account in order to access the course — our payment flow lets them create an account as part of the purchase.
  3. After they make the purchase, the course is immediately available to them for learning. They have lifetime access to the course online.

Each time somebody buys one of your courses, you’ll get an email notification. There’s also a page in your account that lists your up-to-the-second sales data, itemized.

Getting paid

Soundslice takes a 30% cut of course sales, after payment processing fees are accounted for. Our payment processors (Stripe and PayPal) charge us 2.9% of the course cost plus 30 cents.

Some examples:

Course cost Payment processing fee Soundslice keeps You keep
$10 $0.59 $2.82 $6.59
$20 $0.88 $5.74 $13.38
$30 $1.17 $8.65 $20.18
$40 $1.46 $11.56 $26.98


Note that the payment processing fee might be slightly higher if the customer uses a non-U.S. currency when using PayPal.

We pay our artists on a monthly basis, on the first of each month, via PayPal. Be sure to give us your PayPal account address in the “Store payouts” section of your account settings.

‘What should I charge?’

The cost for your course is entirely your decision. Our only limitation is that courses must cost at least $1.

Generally, we think $30 is a fair price for an hour-long video course. It’s enough to make it worth your while, and it’s not too expensive for music students. With that said, feel free to go up or down from that, depending on your content.

You’re free to change the course’s cost at any time, even if people have already bought it. (Of course, if you increase the cost, people who have already bought it won’t be charged the difference.)

Submitting your course to the store

By default, once you publish a course, it’s accessible only from your channel. But if you’d like to get more people to see it, you can submit it for inclusion in our store.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Make sure your course is live on your channel.
  2. Make sure your course has an image and at least one slice.
  3. Edit your course and click the “Submit to store” link toward the upper right of the page.
  4. Make sure you’ve met all the criteria, then click “Submit course.”

After that, we’ll have a look at the course and will contact you via email to let you know whether it meets the quality bar for our store. Either way, the course will remain published on your channel.

Free previews

We strongly encourage you to include at least one “free preview” slice in each course, so that potential buyers can get a taste.

To do this, add a slice to your course and check the box next to “Use this slice as a free preview.”

From then on, your course’s marketing page will display a nice preview section with the slice(s) you’ve marked as free. Here’s an example.

If your slices are long and you don’t want to include any one of them as a free preview, consider creating a separate slice that’s a subset of one of the course slices — for example, only 20 seconds of a five-minute video.

Refunds

We have a purchaser-friendly refund policy: buyers can ask for a refund within seven days of purchase, no questions asked.

If somebody requests a refund for your course, you’ll see it in your sales stats.

Note that our monthly payouts are arranged such that there’s always a week delay between a course sale and your payout. For example, a July 1 payout won’t include any revenue from sales between June 25 and July 1 — because those sales still might get refunded.

Purchaser contact info

When somebody buys your course, he or she has the option of revealing his or her email address to you. If they’ve opted in to sharing their email address, you’ll see the email address in your sales notification email and in your sales stats. Please treat this information respectfully; don’t spam your customers.

If a purchaser doesn’t opt in to sharing an email address, you’ll only have access to that person’s Soundslice username.

Content policy

For all content in your course, including the music, you must either own the copyright or have obtained the necessary rights to use and sell the content. By making a course available for sale on Soundslice, you certify that you have the right to sell it.

Confused? Here are some examples:

  • Selling a course about a general technique or musical genre, using your own self-produced audio/video and musical ideas, is permitted.
  • Selling a course about how to play specific pieces of music that are in the public domain — such as “Auld Lang Syne” — is permitted.
  • Selling a course about how to play specific pieces of music for which you haven’t secured the rights — such as Led Zeppelin tunes that you haven’t licensed from a music publisher — is not permitted.
  • Selling a transcription of a recording for which you haven’t secured the rights — such as a John Coltrane saxophone solo that you haven’t licensed from a music publisher — is not permitted.

As with all materials that you create on Soundslice — whether they are for sale or not — you retain any intellectual property rights in the content you upload or post. You grant Soundslice a license to use the content (e.g., so that it can appear in your course on soundslice.com). See our sitewide Terms of Service for this more formally stated.

Other policies

Soundslice reserves the right to remove any course from being available for sale, for any reason. Some specific reasons we would remove a course are:

  • The course is not about music.
  • The course violates our content policy, as explained above.
  • The course contains pornographic or otherwise indecent content.

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