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Freelance Music Teaching

Discussion in 'Music' started by jillymo, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. jillymo

    jillymo New commenter

    Hi all,
    I've left a class teaching job of 23 years, and I am wanting to go self employed. My vision is to offer a service to primary schools where there is no music specialist, class teaching across KS1/2, leading choirs, instrumental groups etc, and getting kids enthused and excited about music. I have a music degree and am also able to teach intruments. This is a real passion of mine and I really want to make this work.
    Has anyone done this and successfully made a living out of it?
    Am I mad with schools already being strapped for cash?
    Any advice on how to go about it, and what I would need, would be helpful!
    I realise that there's a lot of leg work to do, but any advice given will be taken on board to hopefully help me on my way.
    Thank you
  2. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    What a wonderful idea. You could start by either going to your local schools in person, to introduce yourself, or email them/send them an introductory letter outlining what you can offer. You could ask the schools what they would like from you in terms of music education and tailor your plans to fit the school's requirements.Good luck.
  3. vjbaldwin

    vjbaldwin New commenter

    There are going to be many challenges along the way, not least in timetabling, as many primary schools put Maths and English as priority subjects for the morning slots. Are you able to supply your own instruments, or will you be reliant on schools' own resources which may limit your delivery? A flexible teacher with specialist skills is always a bonus to cover PPA time, ensuring the class teacher doesn't lose control of the basics.
    You could consider charging for after school clubs, choir/orchestra/group tuition etc. but this would require parent funding and commitment for each term and income will fluctuate.Another string to your bow may be to offer training to staff to help them review and develop their in-house curriculum and skills. If you are able to devote time to teach evenings and weekends there are many opportunities to give private tuition in popular instruments, individually or in small groups. Music theory lessons for pupils taking exams is another aspect you could explore.
    Getting yourself known is the key. Perhaps offer taster sessions as bait or offer to take an assembly showcasing your skills and passion. For private tuition advertising is the key and word soon spreads. Pre-school activies are on the rise with parents looking for opportunites to allow their youngsters to socialise with a focus. Who doesn't like to sing, clap and move to a rhythm?
    Good luck with your venture.
    ViolaClef likes this.
  4. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Yes, I think offering individual lessons or after school clubs may be more of a possibility than offering class Music lessons. Although class Music lessons are desperately needed in many schools (in my opinion) the uncertainty of budgets and annual cuts mean that projects are often very short-lived and would not be a reliable source of income.

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