Putting Up a Music School

May 23, 2005 at 06:03 PM · I'm tinkering with the idea of starting a music school for learning acoustic instruments. I have friends who can teach and space where classes can be held. What's the likelihood that it will prosper? Does anyone here have any experience about this?

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May 23, 2005 at 07:00 PM · depends on community interest. If you advertise well and you're good at what you're doing you should be successful.

May 24, 2005 at 05:13 AM · If you do decide to do this, expect to struggle for a little while. Most music schools get the bulk of their business from word-of-mouth, which takes a while. A few hints that I found really helpful are: contact the local schools in your area and get to know a bit about their music programs. The teachers can refer students to you. Give community performances as often as you can, with both students and teachers performing, especially at music festivals. this is a good way to drum up interest. Most of my students say theu wanted to play because they saw other kids playing at various outdoor festivals (which are prevalent where I live).

Best of luck to you! Every community could use more good music schools!

Keri

May 25, 2005 at 12:46 AM · We have no music school in our area, and I just thought it would be great to have one because there are always many children growing up in our community, and sometimes I even find ads posted by parents on trees requesting for a music teacher for their kids. There's also a big, multi-purpose theatre nearby where recitals can be held. And maybe, to drum up general interest, we could hold a recital at the local community hall.

Hmmm... dreams... I wonder if they come true.

May 25, 2005 at 12:57 AM · If they're nailing want ads to trees, you've definitely got a future. Good luck.

May 25, 2005 at 05:37 AM · Thanks, all.

May 25, 2005 at 01:38 PM · Make sure you get listed in the local yellow pages--you'll get the most bang from your advertising buck that way. In the meanwhile, put up flyers and consider the occasional ad in a magazine or paper...and get to know the local school music directors.

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