I have been extremely fortunate in that I have never had to formally advertise myself. Right out of high school I was offered a job teaching piano in Upwey South primary school and Menzies Creek primary school. I was then offered a place at Mitcham primary school from the same connection. Meanwhile I was doing some private teaching, seeing family friends and students that old high-school teachers put through to me. When my uni commitments meant that I had to give up teaching at the schools, some students followed me, I began teaching at Music Works Magic, and through word of mouth my student base grew.
Now that I’m moving to Ocean Grove, I’m leaving many dear students behind, and am facing the challenge of starting all over again. For the first time I am going to have to advertise myself. I have created this blogsite as a means of connecting with potential students, as well as other music educators. I’m designing some flyers to drop around the area and to put in the foyers of the local schools. I have an advertisement on Gumtree, and have become a member of Music Teachers Online (view my profile here), I have a spot on Local Business Guide, I’m registered with the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association, I have a listing on True Local, Dlook, Start Local, and Active Activities. I have a linkedin profile. Am I missing anything??
I hope that these will get the word out and I can start teaching in term one. It’s quite sad saying goodbye to my lovely students and their families – I have been with a few of them for years. But I’m excited to meet new students and all the new challenges they will bring.