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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000764.txt from 2004/08

From: CBA <clarinet10001@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] building a studio
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 02:04:55 -0400

Nicholas,

Are you still in the Chicago area? I seem to remember you being
up there for some reason...

Try going to local high schools (with prior meetings and
arrangements with the local band directors) and *show* the
students how you can improve their sound and technique. Bring
quality reeds to show how they matter, bring Clark Fobes Debut
mouthpieces (which he will send you one for free to try out, if
you ask) and show them how equipment matters, and then reinforce
how you can improve their sound with what they have, in case
they just can't afford anything else. Make them want to take
lessons from you, and the band director will support you
aggressively.

Try local papers that are arts and theater savvy. The Village
Voice in NY and papers like that, wherever you are are GREAT
places to put ads to get results, ESPECIALLY from adults.

Grocery stores with bulletin boards and music stores with the
same (especially sheet music stores where they don't have
instrumental music teachers there)are great places to put up
flyers, as well as local bulletin boards at colleges for
non-major instrumentalists who don't want a class grade for the
lessons.

Give recitals and send FREE tickets to high schools, and to
elderly activity centers (grandma can suggest that wonderful
clarinetist to her daughter for her grandson's lessons, etc.)

Do FREE recitals at churches, synagogues, mosques,
temples...work it out so the facility gets donations, and they
will usually advertise to their congregation to get people to
show up. Then, when a date is set, give flyers to local schools
for their music students, and see if you can find a few
clarinetists who are band directors who will bring students.
Band directors are usually too overworked to teach private
lessons, so they won't feel threatened about bringing their band
students to see a potential new teacher, and would welcome the
possibility of the students having a private teacher. Leave
flyers at the door with a person to hand them to people about
your teaching studio, and also make an announcement before the
last piece about having openings in your studio. *Don't* do this
if you aren't WELL prepared for the recital though, as it will
backfire if you don't perform well in front of 100 potential
students...GRIN. I am sure you would do well, though!

Also...make sure if you want to teach that Mark Charette (list
owner here) has your information to add to the teacher's list on
www.woodwind.org (I have gotten lots of responses from that
listing, although I don't think any of them have actually come
to a lesson...worth a try.)

Drop me a line if you need any other hints. I've done it all to
get students, ESPECIALLY after 9/11 in NYC.

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - Computer Geek
Hattiesburg, MS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
--- Nicholas Yip <clarinets21@-----.com> wrote:

> I already play in a community band and orchestra and do have 6
> students.
> Just want to build more. I do have discounts for students who
> bring in
> another student.
>
>
>
> Nicholas Yip
> Clarinetist and Music Teacher

> >From: ormondtoby@-----.net (Ormondtoby Montoya)
> >Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
> >To: klarinet@-----.org
> >Subject: Re: [kl] building a studio
> >Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 19:04:50 -0700
> >
> >Nicholas, adults take lessons also. Do you play in a
> community band or
> >orchestra where you can meet potential adult students?
> >
> >Have you posted notices in *sheet music stores* as well as
> musical
> >instrument stores? Most stores have bulletin boards for
> this purpose.
> >

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