For Piano Teachers

Do you play the piano or keyboard, and have thought about teaching others how to play? I’ve been teaching piano for over 30 years, and I’ve gleaned a lot from my experiences from how to find/select the right students and how much to charge to choosing the right books and motivating each student in a way that helps her achieve a passion for music and the piano.

Today’s post is about where to find students. Here are some ideas:

  • Your local schools
  • Your church
  • Other nearby churches
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Homeschool co-ops
  • Local music stores

Create a flyer — templates are available in Word and Publisher — that tells about you, your music education and experience, the style(s) of music you most enjoy, as well as other relevant facts that may be of interest to a potential student. Put a little personality into it — keep the info light and upbeat. It’s best not to sound too stodgy or boring. Make sure you include your contact info — tear-strips along the bottom are a good idea so people can tear them off. Distribute your flyers (by hand or mail) to the above listed places.

Create a website so that people who search online can find you. There are lots of free and low-cost web hosting services that supply templates to get you started if you aren’t sure how to create a website. See my website for ideas: PianoDana.com.

List your services with an online music teacher finder such as GetLessonsNow.com. It’s very affordable, and a quick and easy way to get your name out there for online searchers. It will pay for itself with your first student.

More than FINDING students, you also need to SELECT your students. Now, you may be thinking, “What does she mean by ‘selecting’ students? I just want to FIND students — I don’t care who they are!” Believe me, you WILL care. Read my next post for why you NEED to be selective and how to best go about it.

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October 31, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.