So I need some suggestions on how to acquire private violin students. I am a Suzuki teacher. I'm actually part of a larger co-op group called San Diego Suzuki School of Music. The idea is that we all teach from our homes and then we all chip in for group class on Saturday. So I have the structures for a Suzuki studio in place. Now I just need to get more students. I started taking on students in October and currently have four now.
Here are some things I've tried/been doing:
-posted in craigslist
-the co-op does have a website so I do get some advertisement/inquiries from that source
-I've contacted a good number of private schools in my area to ask if they will distribute my flyer in their weekly envelop. Some of them have agreed, others said they don't advertise for things not related to their school, and the rest I have not heard back from yet (it's only been a few days).
-I've put up a flyer in public areas that allow you to advertise in their space. Like a smoothie shop by my house has a board you can tack up flyers on. Things like that.
So yes. I've been aiming for free advertisement. I have thought about posting an ad in the newspaper. But those are expensive and I'm really now sure the return would be worth the money. Also keep in mind that I need to target parents/people who are interested in the long term. This is why I contacted the private schools instead of public. I figured those parents are already committed to private education for their kids.
Any other ideas? Suggestions? Comments?
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