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  • Any tips for finding potential students? (All Teachers)

    Posted by Tom Young on December 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Hi all,

    Iā€™m currently attempting to set myself up as a full time guitar tutor. At the moment Iā€™m only able to do lessons part time on account of the low uptake (most likely due in part to covid19).

    If you could share any advice on good methods/ areas to locate students I would be very grateful.

    I am local to the Leicestershire area I have around 1 year of teaching experience as a freelancer.

    Thanks,

    Tom

    Mage Music replied 1 year ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Veronica Wakeling

    Member
    December 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Word of mouth is really the best It takes time.Do not expect an influx all at once.Be able to tailor your cost to those who want to train but are not financially able to pay a silly amount.It pays off.Let your students do the talking.Hope this helps. Best Hopes for you.Keep calm and carry on. xx

  • Alan Tang

    Member
    December 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Totally agree. Word of mouth is incredibly powerful.

    I am also based in the Leicestershire area so am happy to meet up for SD.

    When I was able to travel and see students 1-2-1 I would make sure my journey meant minimal travelling. For example, during a Wednesday evening I made sure all my students were in Oadby.

    Now that 80% of my lessons are virtual, I have changed how I teach a lot so flexibility is also important!

  • Liam Foster

    Member
    December 11, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Tom

    Try approaching schools. I’m from Derby and there is a company I’m with called Derbyshire Music Hub who help with all this stuff. So it’s not just like a randomer approaching a school. You could see if there are any similar companies within the local council or something that do that sort of thing. Hope that helps šŸ™‚

  • Mage Music

    Member
    March 18, 2022 at 4:05 am

    2/3 of my studio comes from Thumbtack.

    I am exploring other options now though because I have had two students downgrade their service (I offer my lessons in tiers!) and one give notice to discontinue, and it’s been a few days since I have received a Thumbtack lead! šŸ˜±

  • Guy Jones

    Member
    April 6, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Hi Tom,

    I agree with some of the other comments about the importance of word of mouth. I find it helpful to incentivise the students who I feel are most invested in my teaching by offering them free lessons if they recommend a friend who has a minimum of 2 lessons with me.

    Hope that helps!

    Best

    Guy

    • Mage Music

      Member
      April 12, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Hi Guy! I give an Amazon gift card for referrals. It works well during tax season here in the US anyway. šŸ˜‰

  • Mage Music

    Member
    September 30, 2022 at 5:12 am

    I am curious about your tips for finding new students! šŸ˜Ž