Owen Evans this might be a great one for you to jump in on, especially with your plans to teach the majority of your lessons via Skype in the next few months 🙂
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Has anyone tried Skype guitar lessons? (Guitar Teachers)
September 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm #5532
I’ve recently started branching out into Skype guitar lessons to supplement my face to face teaching. Has anyone else gotten themselves regular students via Skype? What sort of advertising methods are you using to attract potential clients?
September 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm #5535October 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm #5536
Andrew OxleyParticipant@Andrew_OxleyPoints: 0
Hi Leigh. This is something I would like to get into also. Do you charge a lower rate for Skype lessons then your normal lessons? Thanks from Andrew Oxley Guitar Teacher in Sheffield.October 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm #5537
I haven’t officially rolled it out yet. I made this post in the hope of speaking to a few people who had done this. It’s something I want to roll out soon.October 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm #5538
Owen Evans can you help out Leigh with your experience in regard to teaching online – you are the most experienced of all mgrmusic.com teachers I think in regard to Skype lessons. Leigh Fuge I have had some really interesting conversations recently about Skype lessons with Ultimate-Guitar.com – we might have a big development at mgrmusic.com in regard to providing Skype lessons for UG users. Could we arrange a Skype meeting next week to talk more about it?October 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm #5539
Matthew Rusk Sounds great, let me know when you’re thinking and we’ll sort out a date/time 🙂 I saw you went to visit UG. Sounds like an exciting developmentOctober 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm #5540
Owen EvansParticipant@Owen_EvansPoints: 0
I think its best if you already have a client base & market it to them. I moved abroad 6 months ago & just ran the idea past my students & even though around half weren’t interested i still have about 50% who have carried on. So i really do think initially it’s important to have a base of students you already have experience with & are comfortable with you. With regards to price i have kept it the same 🙂 let me know if you have any other questions!October 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm #5541
Owen Evans that makes sense. I can see how it would appeal to students on your current books. I think most of my students would prefer to retain the face to face side of teaching as they’re all local to me. I was curious how people branch out to reach new Skype students online (I.e. attracting students in other countries or other parts of the UK).October 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm #5542
Leigh Fuge sounds awesome – can you Skype anytime this Thursday / Sunday? 🙂October 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm #5543
Matthew Rusk I can do anything after about 8pm Thursday (I seem to be teaching late Thursday). Saturday I can do anytime (I think) and Sunday anything before 5ish is good with me. I could also do Friday in the day time (any time)October 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm #5544
Matthew Rusk I’m having one of those “calendar all over the place” weeks hahahaMarch 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm #9869
Hawi GondweParticipant@Hawi_GondwePoints: 13
Hi guys, this is something that I would be very interested in pursuing also. I am curious as to how to market to new international
students for Skype lessons. The UG idea sounds promising can you please keep us informed @matthew-rusk?March 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm #9876
@hawi-gondwe, thanks for the message & I can provide an update on Skype Lessons:
Firstly, in regard to Ultimate-Guitar.com. I have had lots of meetings with them since autumn 2017, with the aim of hopefully looking to generate enquiries via the UG platform, passed over to our network of guitar teachers to teach on Skype. We made a lot of progress last year in regard to it, then in early 2018 UG updated their website design and lots of other resources got pulled from other projects (like our Skype Guitar Enquiry project).
January & February passed without any progress at all. March we had some progress with a meeting taking place on the 12th March, with the result being from UG that “I’m still discussing to try to run a cheap experiment that you suggested, just need to convince the guys that one experiment won’t really hurt if we make it fast and cheap and see what happens 🙂 Will keep you posted.”
This was followed by an update yesterday from UG that was “There are a lot of tasks right now that should be solved, and the team doesn’t really see when they’re ready to launch the experiment, always suggesting me to discuss that later. I’m afraid we should move this to some time in future.” Which suggests it has been kicked into the long grass for the time being. I will keep trying to push for the experiment to take place as I think it will be a real success. So on that front it seems that there is no specific time-frame and 2018 as a year will determine whether it will take place or not. It might be that by the summer they are ready to explore the project again, or it might be shelved indefinitely.
At the turn of the year I began to focus on creating a possible enquiry stream for Skype Guitar Lessons of our own, via the https://mgrmusic.com/skype-guitar-lessons/ page of this website. I am starting to get some good early ranking signs, with the page moving up Google from 12th page for the search “Skype Guitar Lessons” in February to 7th page as of today. I am hopeful to see this rise into the top 3 pages over the next few months, then the real challenge begins in terms of trying to break it onto the first page & then high enough to start generating enquiries. So this is a defined business plan that by the end of 2018 I hope to be able to position a page of this website high enough to generate enquiries for Skype Guitar Lessons – if so that opens up new possibilities for teachers.
Hope this provides a detailed update 🙂March 24, 2018 at 5:56 pm #9887March 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm #9920
Nora BiteParticipant@Nora_BitePoints: 0
I have done skype lessons in past. Would love to do again.March 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm #9928
Hawi GondweParticipant@Hawi_GondwePoints: 13
@matthew-rusk That’s very encouraging news on the improved Google ranking for “Skype Guitar Lessons”. I will continue watching with interest.April 12, 2018 at 6:38 am #10120
Phil SchneiderParticipant@Phil_SchneiderPoints: 88
I have done one lesson Time delay is a problem(buffering) . No chance of playing together. ok for copy this lessons.