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Attention Teachers: Let help you find new students

Laurie Niles

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Published: July 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM [UTC]

Attention Teachers!

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

Find students

Here's how!

1. Register as a member of and opt in to our teacher or performer directory, or both directories.

2. Visit, 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, you must also be an active member of That means that you need to be a registered member of and you need to visit at least once a month in order to keep your teacher or performer listing active.

If you forget and don't visit 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, just look in the upper right-hand corner. If it says, "view your profile," etc., then you are logged in. If it says, "log in, or join the community!" 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.

If you are already a member and don't see yourself listed in a directory, then check your profile page (click on that in the upper right) 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, visit this page: 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, 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!

From Zina Francisca
Posted on 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).
From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:11 PM
Zina, that's a great idea! We will look into making that possible in the near future, thank you for the suggestion.
From Paul Deck
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM
This is a potentially important service of 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.
From Emilio Arredondo
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM
Thank you for offering us this service!! This site rocks!!!
From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:41 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 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.
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:14 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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