How to Get Into Schools (All Teachers)
MemberApril 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Hello all, firstly thanks for all the great advice on The marketing post! Basically I would love to pick your brains again on how you’ve previously secured work with schools in the “Guitar Club” group lesson format? I would love to get into this market as it would fill my daytime hours and as of September I will be running a group lesson in a local primary. However, I got this opening purely because one of my pupils is a little superstar and wowed the music coordinator at his show. Which is obviously lovely but short of these sort off recommendations how have you guys secured similar work? Every time I phone or email a local school I just seem to get fobbed off! Any idea would be greatly appreciated!
MemberApril 25, 2016 at 4:31 am
I wish I could help with this one but all too often it seems to be a case of “who you know”. Would love to see some more information out there about this.
ModeratorApril 25, 2016 at 11:34 am
Ah, good question! I opened AND closed my first showcase, but friends said it wasn’t necessary to do both, or even either, lol. I do it now and then and I headlined one of the afternoon shows with my a cappella group. People liked it and said it was nice to see me doing my thing!
I totally agree with the vulnerability thing. It shows you can relate and I’m forever telling my students that it’s just as scary for me sometimes! Not hubristic at all, I think it’s nice as you are a performer as well as a teacher so it would be rude to yourself not to.
MemberApril 26, 2016 at 4:38 pm
I’ve found just emailing various schools (specifically music department heads) is the best way. Secondary schools are more into it than Primary. Offering a free workshop or masterclass is a good place to start, but out right asking if they need any resident tutors will get you a definite answer. A lot of schools usually have tutors and hold on to them for years (the Secondary school I went to still has their drum tutor after 10 years), but it can’t hurt to ask. Sometimes they will even keep you on record and update you with any vacancies available.
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