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I'm wondering how difficult it is to start private music teaching from scratch. I did grade 8 on the piano quite a few years ago and am at a post grade 8 level now, I also play the flute and the cello but not to the same level. I've also got a first year of a music degree if that counts for anything, but I've got a really strong understanding of music theory. I've not got much teaching experience but I've got a lot of enthusiasm so I think I'll be good when I've built up some confidence.
My question is it realistic to dive straight into teaching, or would be best to get another job and start teaching part time? Also, what's the best way to arrange it, such as going to a school or to people's houses. And are there any must get qualifications?
I apologise, this is still a very new idea for me and I'm probably way off.
As for full/part-time, I'd consider the fact that most lessons go on after school hours. So you'll either need adults to fill in the days, or teach kids late into evenings when they're tired and dopey.
My remarks are based purely on observations of teachers and pupils - I don't teach as I haven't the time, patience or inclination! However, there are several experienced and very wise teachers haunting the forum; I'm sure they'll be able to help!
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It was a while ago since the information was included, but it may be worth checking out again the stuff about teaching diplomas for instruments/voice.
1. classical (exams)
3.blues / country / gospel / latin etc etc.
4. play by ear -
5. reharmonization. - the good players will want more than just the classical music. Better pull that one out of the bag for them.
6. write songs (they'll ask you for compostiion help for GCSE music)
7. play guitar (exams) they'll get more fun out of it when you can jam along with them.
8. and finally but certainly not the least..........
have more than one way of teaching. I'm turning down work. Recession? what recession. I'm gonna sell my business to the highest bidder and move to Italy.........after i've written my book . you can read it someday
To the original poster: It depends. If you are relying on this as your sole income then you'd better be able to do all those things. If you want to be a classical specialist, or a specialist in any particular type of music, your best bet is to train some more at music college and get a job in an institution.
Otherwise, get a job as an accountant and teach privately on the side. Be warned though, after a full day at work, do you REALLY want to teach those folk? I find it increasingly difficult to give a good private lesson after a day teaching at school.
IF you are determined, and you need the money you should probably look into teaching electronic keyboard (gasps of horror from all sides?). Another route to go down would be to get onto ebay and buy a 3 or 4 portable digital pianos, such as a Casio Privia, and give group piano lessons. Digital pianos have no doubt improved that side of the market and there is no reason, if you have the initial outlay, that you shouldn't cash in on that. You can charge less per hour and earn more per hour. IF it takes off, the keyboards will pay for themselves and more in no time. If there is no space in your home for this, use a church hall. They're usually pretty cheap and you could offer lessons to the church choir......
Gasps? I had to re-read the message - three times!joseph wrote:IF you are determined, and you need the money you should probably look into teaching electronic keyboard (gasps of horror from all sides?). Another route to go down would be to get onto ebay and buy a 3 or 4 portable digital pianos, such as a Casio Privia, and give group piano lessons. Digital pianos have no doubt improved that side of the market and there is no reason, if you have the initial outlay, that you shouldn't cash in on that. You can charge less per hour and earn more per hour. IF it takes off, the keyboards will pay for themselves and more in no time. If there is no space in your home for this, use a church hall. They're usually pretty cheap and you could offer lessons to the church choir......
A very successful musician and professor in California called Mark Harrison does this type of studio teaching when training musicians in contemporary music styles. I thought about doing this myself but full time teaching came along.
One of the reasons that I do not teach secondary music is because I enjoy music too much. I teach primary level, very successfully, but co-ordinate music throughout the school. I train choirs and take the orchestra which is great but I couldn't be bothered doing that all day, everyday, five days a week! Private tuition is as far as I would want to go and even then, after teaching all day.... not for me at the moment.
I've found that the internet is a drastically more effective way of advertising than any real world flyers. I spend house taking flyers round music shops and public centers and only can count one student that found me through one of those adds. Everything else is online.
Wealthy families have money to invest in their children. They'd rather downgrade the quality of their big annual holiday than cut off their kid's piano lessons. Therefore, put the price up for home visits. And don't be shy, put it up enough so that you feel happy, not unhappy, about making the journey.They biggest demand seems to be to teach children of middle class to wealthy families and they often require you to travel to them
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