A great resource for students. If your local private or public schools have music programs, introduce yourself to the teachers and pass along your flyers to them.
How exactly does one do this? I tried, with the 4-5 schools near me; I looked up online who it was and their email addresses, and emailed them, I only heard back from one person who asked me for references, which I gave, but then never heard anything else back.
Would I have gotten a better response by going into the schools? So how exactly do you do that?
Aren't most schools super strict about visitors? Do you just walk into the main office? Or do you find out ahead of time who you want to talk to? Do you go during school hours? Or how do you know if the person will be there when you come?
I walk to the school and ring the bell. This is the uk, so maybe different elsewhere. They let me into reception. I smile sweetly and tell the receptionist I am a local piano teacher, I have postcards with my details, and is there a teacher's coffee table or a community noticeboard it could go on?
Last year I got a student directly on walking in. I said 'I am a local piano teacher...' and was interrupted by the receptionist. Family had moved from overseas and girl just started at school. Dad asked where he could find a piano teacher, and the receptionist had no idea. In walks me...
It helps to come at the start of term, when the noticeboards are fresh, to avoid break and lunch time, school start, pick up time, etc.