Where to advertise music lessons?

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Found 26th Sep 2010
I'm looking to get back into teaching the violin again just for something to do at the weekends and I'm not sure where to advertise. I used to do it through people I knew but since I've stopped playing professionally, I don't get as much contact.
Obviously there's Gumtree, but are there any other sites like that or am I likely just to get weirdos! I can put a notice up at work but not sure how much response that would get.
Before anyone starts, I've got grades 1-8 ABRSM in 4 instruments, a DipABRSM, a BA in Music from the Birmingham Conservatoire, I've played with the Maggini quartet, in Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and the Lion King, all in the West End, so yes, I am qualified to teach!!
I don't want your opinion on music, I just want to know a good place to advertise! Thanks!

23 Comments

Banned

local newspapers and local music shops

very impressive, what about local colleges,schools ect

maybe you could contact the local education authority and see if they have a database you could be included on. I am sure a lot of parents looking for tutors would use The LEA as a first point of call. You could ask about CRB checks while you are on the phone to them
Edited by: "bitseylango" 26th Sep 2010

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richp

very impressive, what about local colleges,schools ect



Would I need to be CRB checked though? Surely schools won't let me saunter in and advertise that I want to spend an hour with a child for £25! Haha!

Banned

remembering you will need to be crb checked to work with children, not sure how you would go about that though

local papers are the best place-and remember you need to be disclosure checked to teach children now.

Banned

Phoneboxes?

register on here

musicteachers.co.uk/

I used this site when I was looking for a teacher

baffledsalmon

Would I need to be CRB checked though? Surely schools won't let me … Would I need to be CRB checked though? Surely schools won't let me saunter in and advertise that I want to spend an hour with a child for £25! Haha!



perhaps they would pay the crb check if they are employing you.not sure how the whole crb thing works.

Not sure about your area, but we have 2 different booklets posted through our door -
1 is colour and we get it monthly
1 is black and white and we get it weekly

They are just a book full of advertisements, different amounts for different size ads but they are reasonably priced and you would be getting into a lot of homes that way. We have used a few people out of there for different jobs and know that our neighbours have used those books too, so (although some will) they dont all just thrown away

Would mean you would get customers from the area you live in too
Edited by: "kelly_o_fanatic" 26th Sep 2010

...also you can get a CRB easily by doing the paperwork from here. It's not expensive but it will probably make it much easier for you to find pupils

crb.homeoffice.gov.uk/

richp

perhaps they would pay the crb check if they are employing you.not sure … perhaps they would pay the crb check if they are employing you.not sure how the whole crb thing works.



I THINK(not certain tho) that you need to be crb checked whether you are working in the school or just advertising tuition to children in either their home or yours-difficult to be certain tbh,since it seems to vary so widely between local authorities etc,but as a parent its one question I would ask ANY tutor for my kids.

Bit of advice - I get tens of letters from people offering to come into my school and deliver peripatetic lessons, and each one of them goes in the bin. State schools will usually buy in from the local Music service, and Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley and Coventry pretty much have the market sewn up with their own Music Services.

Try Oakleigh Music Shop in Halesowen if you want to advertise somewhere

Well done BF that sounds amazing! My son took violin lessons at school two years ago and omg he was just awful!!!!!!!!! He was 9 and we reckon he chose to do violin thinking it was an easy thing to do to get out of other classes! His teacher was lovely and very patient but in the end he had to go !!!

Good luck with it!

barky

I THINK(not certain tho) that you need to be crb checked whether you are … I THINK(not certain tho) that you need to be crb checked whether you are working in the school or just advertising tuition to children in either their home or yours-difficult to be certain tbh,since it seems to vary so widely between local authorities etc,but as a parent its one question I would ask ANY tutor for my kids.



your possibly right, makes sense getting the check prior then.




Edited by: "richp" 26th Sep 2010

Original Poster

I'm not even going to try and multi quote!
RE: CRBs... I wasn't CRB checked before and taught just in peoples' homes. I know it's different if you want to be a "music teacher" in a school etc, but I'm sure I'd be ok just doing the odd lesson here and there.
Thanks for all the tips - I'll check out if there are any local dance studios/kids clubs or anything... good idea!

Banned

things have changed alot, regarding working with any children, i would contact your local department and find out where you stand, and as far as i know it is really hard to get a crb done when self employed

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bassman_uk

Bit of advice - I get tens of letters from people offering to come into … Bit of advice - I get tens of letters from people offering to come into my school and deliver peripatetic lessons, and each one of them goes in the bin. State schools will usually buy in from the local Music service, and Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley and Coventry pretty much have the market sewn up with their own Music Services.Try Oakleigh Music Shop in Halesowen if you want to advertise somewhere



Seems like a bit of a waste of money if they're going through the council as surely the council takes a cut? Will check out the shop!

I'm not even going to try and multi quote!RE: CRBs... I wasn't CRB … I'm not even going to try and multi quote!RE: CRBs... I wasn't CRB checked before and taught just in peoples' homes. I know it's different if you want to be a "music teacher" in a school etc, but I'm sure I'd be ok just doing the odd lesson here and there.Thanks for all the tips - I'll check out if there are any local dance studios/kids clubs or anything... good idea!



yes,but when was "before?"-how long ago?-rules have tightened considerably last coupla years-probs worth checking?

If you are doing anything with kids such as tutoring you need the enhanced CRB now....i work with a charity that takes disabled kids surfing and we had to have it done for that..even though we were working for free.....Although the charity organised and paid for it...sign of the times sadly...

Edited by: "boothy" 26th Sep 2010

baffledsalmon

Seems like a bit of a waste of money if they're going through the council … Seems like a bit of a waste of money if they're going through the council as surely the council takes a cut? Will check out the shop!



Yes, but its an absolute nightmare trying to get your own Peris in - believe me I tried it!!
Budgeting is ring-fenced after receiving the money from the LA and has to be spent on what it was given for - very tight rules.

But hey-ho!

not having a go lol but i would have thought that someone who is as talented as you (no sarcasm intended) would know where to go and how to go about starting to teach again

for example i am a very experienced curler, i have played internationally, won the university leagues and the british uni championships and have played against and beat olympic athletes, i could get myself some coaching gigs no problem lol

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micoo

not having a go lol but i would have thought that someone who is as … not having a go lol but i would have thought that someone who is as talented as you (no sarcasm intended) would know where to go and how to go about starting to teach againfor example i am a very experienced curler, i have played internationally, won the university leagues and the british uni championships and have played against and beat olympic athletes, i could get myself some coaching gigs no problem lol



It's not as easy as that! You still play, therefore you're still in teams, play at uni etc so you're in that "circle". I stopped playing years ago so am no longer in touch with those sorts of people, I don't play in orchestras, I don't even go to music shops any more!
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