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Probably been asked 100 times, but I NEED more students!Best advertising method? (Read 1346 times)

Offline virtuoso80

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I need to increase my cash flow however I can, and that might mean another job, but I'd love more private students.

Private teachers, what's your most effective advertising methods? What online sites work the best, have you found?

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Most of my students are online, but only since the last 3 years. If you are considering teaching online you can advertise here for free  http://online-teacher-directory.com/ 

If you want more local students it may be a good idea to get involved with your local community, In my HO this is much better than any advertising. Maybe have a meeting with your local schools, offer a music club, accompany a local choir? I think one hour voluntary work will pay off with the contacts you will make, these contacts will then help you spread the word about your classes.   

Good luck in finding new students  :)

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Are you open to taking beginners? If so, contact the music teachers at your local elementary and middle schools. Around here at least, they are the first ones parents ask for recommendations when they are looking for a private teacher. Our middle school band and chorus teacher sends out lists of local teachers a couple of times each year. That is how I found a piano teacher for my children. Good luck!

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Maybe start a pyramid scheme, offer a discount to students who get you new clients.
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Offline virtuoso80

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Most of my students are online, but only since the last 3 years. If you are considering teaching online you can advertise here for free  http://online-teacher-directory.com/ 

If you want more local students it may be a good idea to get involved with your local community, In my HO this is much better than any advertising. Maybe have a meeting with your local schools, offer a music club, accompany a local choir? I think one hour voluntary work will pay off with the contacts you will make, these contacts will then help you spread the word about your classes.   

Good luck in finding new students  :)

What are the going rates through the online teacher platform?

Offline virtuoso80

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Maybe start a pyramid scheme, offer a discount to students who get you new clients.

Well I usually offer a free lesson for it, but interesting. You'd have to be careful you don't just get a bunch of dead-ends and wind up giving huge discounts to your long-term clients, though.

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What are the going rates through the online teacher platform?

Most teachers who teach online charge the same rates or slightly less than they would for studio visits, depends on where you are based I suppose. Our prices are expensive for where I am based but we have students in New York our prices are a fraction of the price for a teacher based there.

These are our school rates, but I charge more as the principle teacher...

33 Euros per hour lesson (approx. US$ 37, 25, 138 SRI).
Four prepaid hourly lessons is 120 Euros (approx. US$ 134, 92, 502 SRI).
 
27 Euros per 45 minute lesson (approx. US$ 30, 21, 113 SRI).
Four prepaid 45 minute lessons is 96 Euros (approx. US$ 107, 73, 402 SRI).
 
18 Euros per half hour lesson (approx. US$ 20, 14, 74 SRI).
Four prepaid half hourly lessons is 66 Euros (approx. US$ 73, 50, 276 SRI).
 

Offline chatalbashlessons

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It all depends on you are. I located in NY there are things that haven't worked for me and things that have. You need to have a web presence that is visually appealing.

Haven't
Super Market Flyers
Inserting flyers into piano books at bookstores
music stores that don't offer lessons

Have
Thumbtack
takelessons
google places
Marketing my own site (adwords, facebook ect)

Now that may vary from place to place. There are tons of ways to get new students.
 

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Well I usually offer a free lesson for it, but interesting. You'd have to be careful you don't just get a bunch of dead-ends and wind up giving huge discounts to your long-term clients, though.
If one of the recruited students leave of course the price goes back up for the recruiter. So your long term clients only get discount if the student they referred to you remains, pretty logical!
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Offline chatalbashlessons

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I've had a lot of luck with Thumbtack, but you need to know what to put in your quotes to make you the most attractive. Prospective students want details, not a broad paragraph. Follow up with them after you've sent the quote as well. Most teachers don't make that extra effort.

Creating a website that is unique, informative and user friendly is key. Most people just google piano lessons in their area and if your site comes up on that first page, you'll get a lot more traffic. Use Google Ads and get your site bumped up to where people can see it quickly. I have a booking app on my site to make it easy and I created a FB page for my business that I'm constantly posting in.