Web-site for a music teacher
I am now helping to one of my friends to design a web site for her. She is a music teacher in piano, singing and violin. She currently has students from very small children to ones who aims the conservatirium and amateur adults at different level of skills.
So, i have some questions both for teachers here, and for students and parents.
1) do you have a web-site? Or face-book page is enough for you?
2) if you have one, can you share here the link to it? And what was the most important for you to display when you were designing it, and what did you change with time?
For students, when do you search a teacher:
1) was it important for you that teacher has a web site, not just a facebook page?
2) what did attract you from the first moment to make you read all the details and eventually call or write to a potential teacher.
3) do you follow the updates on the web site or facebook page of your current or ex-teacher?
Thank you very much to all in advance, and any comments and advise are welcome.
I don't have a professional FB page (just a personal one), nor do I have a website. But I'm well-established in my city and have more students than I can really comfortably manage, so I'm certainly not looking to expand. It hasn't seemed to bother anyone.
https://layugstringstudio.com/ Here's mine. Created on wordpress. Does everything I want it to do except I still have trouble with the calendar widget and I'd have to pay for a much higher membership in order to get a widget to do expanding links. I run a fairly small studio and don't look for a ton of new-student traffic, but it gives me an up-front place to put my policy page, and to have an good overview of who I am and what potential students can expect from my studio. I have links (which I need to update) to local shops and music organizations I want to support; a pretty comprehensive instrument buying guide from the days when I was teaching 60-80 students a week in a school lesson system; and I use the blog posts for info about upcoming performances or other studio news. I'd actually love to be more interactive with it, and at times have maintained a fb page with youtube link and other more interactive things, but that's not high on my priority list at the moment.
Having a clean, easy-to-read website can be very useful if you're building up a studio. For my wife and I, it's about maintaining an ongoing presence in our local music community, and providing a public facing source of information about what we do as sometimes word-of-mouth can result in some bizarre interpretations of our craft.
Thanks everyone, who found some time to reply.
As an adult beginner, it's hard to find a teacher. I was in possession of a list of violin teachers from the local youth symphony, but that didn't tell me if the teachers taught adult students, taught traditional vs. Suzuki methods, or even their location. So I used that list in conjunction with some googling to find a teacher (it's hard to just call a teacher when you have a day job, since they're usually busy teaching when you get home from work).
My website is a very basic WordPress template but gets the job done. I do primarily Suzuki so I have the group class and event schedule posted, some pictures and videos, and text information about my teaching philosophy, how classes are structured, commentary and links about instruments, supplies, etc. A prospective student/parent can easily see:
Thanks a lot for the comments from both students and teachers.
Definitely not too much. You can have various links on the home page. I think teacher philosophy is important, but maybe you covered that. You could include videos too if available. As a parent, I want as much information as possible when choosing a violin teacher.
In the 1-5 list, #4 (about the book) doesn't fit well; it is probably aimed at a very different target audience than the information about lessons. Better keep it separate from the rest.