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Music Peripatetic advice

Discussion in 'Music' started by BoldAsBrass, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. BoldAsBrass

    BoldAsBrass New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    Having left mainstream teaching, I have decided to make use of my musical training / background and enter into the realms of private peripatetic music tuition (brass) and visit students in their home settings.

    I wondered if anyone has any useful tips for generating interest from students? I have already set up a FaceBook page, joined a music tutoring web site (for free) and am also using my brass bandingbackground to spread the word. Have I missed anything obvious?

    Also, once September comes around, my aim is to also approach schools directly and offer small group tuition. I'm hoping schools will be able to facilitate allowing me a space to teach my groups. I will deal directly with parents for payments, after initially leading a whole school assembly to gather initial interest. I've already written a newsletter and completed a booking/terms of contract document and checked the Musicians Union advice. If anyone has any advice for getting a foot through the door of new schools, I'd appreciate it!

    Do you already run a successfulperipatetic business? What made it successful? I'd really appreciate any tips or advice so that I can really make a go of my new venture. I'm so looking forward to doing the thing I love, performing :)
  2. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    I don't have experience of doing this myself, and it sounds like you've got lots of great ideas already for publicising. Here are just a couple more.

    1. If you have a local village/town Facebook page, advertise on that too, as on my local one there are often people asking if anyone knows a piano teacher, etc.

    2. Posters/ads in local shops and your local music shop.

    3. Re schools, it totally depends whether there's a need or interest at the point you advertise - on occasion you may hit the jackpot, and your assembly offer will probably go down well in primary schools. Some schools, esp secondary, may already have a system for charging and admin which they want you to be in line with, whereas some will be very pleased with your offer to handle that side of things.

    Maybe also check with your local music hub if they know of any schools that are likely to be receptive, or that maybe need more hours than they've been able to provide.

    Best of luck!
  3. BoldAsBrass

    BoldAsBrass New commenter

    Many thanks muso2, useful advice! Cheers ☺
  4. mmmz

    mmmz New commenter

    I think initially, it would be a good idea to contact the schools in your area to establish if they already receive tuition from brass tutors. If they don't, the next step would be to see to what extent the schools in your area are passionate about music and wanting to extend instrumental lessons to their pupils. Usually, pupils will want to avail of instrumental lessons if they have enjoyed what they experience in school lessons or if their parents want them to take up an instrument. Sometimes parents are not always aware of this opportunity, and it would be interesting to see if the music teacher in your local schools could drum up some interest by using the Teacher2parents text service.

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