Attention Teachers: Let Violinist.com help you find new students

June 30, 2014, 5:29 PM · Attention Teachers!

Would you like to connect with students in your area? We invite you to list yourself (for free!) in our Violinist.com teacher directory, which allows potential students to browse teachers by country and state.

Find students

Here's how!

1. Register as a member of Violinist.com and opt in to our teacher or performer directory, or both directories. Note: Make sure you opt in; the default is NOT to be in the directories, so double-check this when you register!

2. Visit Violinist.com, while logged in, at least once a month.

Here's a little more detail about that: In order to be listed in the teacher or performer directories on Violinist.com, you must also be an active member of Violinist.com. That means that you need to be a registered member of Violinist.com and you need to visit Violinist.com at least once a month in order to keep your teacher or performer listing active.

If you forget and don't visit Violinist.com while logged in for over a month, your name will drop off the directory. However, as soon as you come back and visit, your listing will reappear (you don't have to re-register!) To see if you are currently signed in to Violinist.com, just look in the upper left-hand corner. If it says, "HI (your name)," etc., then you are logged in. If it says, "WELCOME GUEST! REGISTER" then you are not logged in. If you've lost your password, we're always happy to send it to you.

Here's an easy way to remember to visit the site: Just follow us on your favorite social media service, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We post links to our new front-page blog posts and selected discussion topics on those services, so they're great ways to get reminders to come back and visit the website. Or, sign up for our weekly e-mail, which is simply a list of weekly stories (no commercial stuff).

If you are already a member and don't see yourself listed in a directory, then check your profile page (make sure you are logged in, then click on your name in the upper left) and make sure you have opted to be listed. We only list those members who opt in. If you were listed in an old directory, you may need to opt in again, as we made some changes to this system within the last year.

In order to register as a member of Violinist.com, visit this page: www.violinist.com/directory/registration.cfm. When you register, you will be asked if you would like to be listed in our teacher and/or performer directories. By registering, that generates a member page for you on Violinist.com, which you may change at any time to update your bio and other information. Your listing will appear 24 hours after you register. If you don't see your location already in the directory, your location will appear after you have registered!

We hope this helps students, teachers, performers and contractors to connect!

Replies

July 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Recently, I was looking for a teacher who could teach me via Skype over the summer. For this, the system doesn't work, as it is location based. It would be very cool if you could add a way to find teachers who do video teaching (without having to know their name first).

July 1, 2014 at 02:11 PM · Zina, that's a great idea! We will look into making that possible in the near future, thank you for the suggestion.

July 1, 2014 at 03:26 PM · This is a potentially important service of v.com. The problem with other lists of violin teachers is that they only list Suzuki-certified teachers or some other subset. The real challenge with any database is maintenance. However, I'm always amazed by violin teachers, string camps, etc., that say "95% of our students learned about us by word of mouth." While that sounds like a ringing endorsement, the flip side is that none of your other advertising is working.

July 1, 2014 at 03:28 PM · Thank you for offering us this service!! This site rocks!!!

July 1, 2014 at 05:41 PM · Maintenance would be the main reason that we require people to be active members; so that we know that they are conscious of having a listing, they are active, and also people can check their V.com profile page to make a good student-teacher match. And yes, I'd love to see this be a very diverse list of teachers, with teachers who teach using many different methods and teaching various genres of violin playing.

July 2, 2014 at 03:14 PM · Actually, Paul, it isn't that the "other advertising isn't working" but rather that any other advertising would be a waste of money. The best teachers are sought after, with no room. Word of mouth is fundamentally the most important way in this business. It is not a product, it is a service.

What can make Laurie's listing stand out would be to be closer to word of mouth in its value--not closer to mass marketing. Mass marketing means nothing for violin instruction.

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