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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 price plus 30 cents.
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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.
The price 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 price at any time, even if people have already bought it. (Of course, if you increase the price, people who have already bought it won’t be charged the difference.)
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:
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.
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.
You have the ability to run a sale at any time. Just edit your course and fill in the “Discounted price” field. As soon as you enter this and save your changes, the discounted price will take effect. We’ll also make the following tweaks automatically:
When you’re ready for the sale to end, just edit your course and remove the “Discounted price.”
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Questions? Problems? Feedback? Get in touch any time! We’d love to hear from you.