Saxophone Teachers: Benefits of Teaching At Your Students’ Homes
Saxophone teachers should consider teaching outside of school due to its many benefits.
Teaching at your students’ homes is a great way to reap all the benefits of teaching the saxophone but will afford you a little extra flexibility and perhaps even better pay than you would expect teaching at a school. As a result, many saxophone teachers are turning to this way of teaching as they realize that there are benefits to be reaped for both student and teacher.
The power of convenience
As a teacher, you should never underestimate just how much your students will value convenience and pay accordingly. When you decide to start teaching at your students’ homes you immediately become more useful as you will be able to teach whenever they need a lesson and you won’t be shackled by the school timetable. Many parents do not want their children to miss out on important school lessons so will much prefer for them to be taught outside of school hours and at their own home – much easier for everyone!
By cutting out the school as a ‘middleman’, you are now in a position to potentially negotiate a higher fee for your saxophone lessons as you are able to work around your students’ timetables and will cut any travel time for them where they would normally be traveling to a lesson. Remember that when you start to teach at your students’ homes, you will need to travel between students and will need to take into account your commuting costs so you don’t end up out of pocket at the end of the day.
Flexibility: the Holy Grail
As soon as you start teaching at your students’ homes and away from a school, you have much more freedom and flexibility to teach who you want, what you want and when you want. This is great news for any teachers who tire of the usual school curriculum fare and are looking for a way to bring new inspiration to their teaching.
When you teach at a school, you are obviously very much tied to teaching whatever the bracket is of students who attend that school. When you branch out on your own, you can recruit an array of potential students amassing wide age and ability ranges. This is sure to keep you on your toes as a teacher and will stop you falling back into the familiar routines of working at a school.
Things to consider
Before you decide to make the move to teaching at your students’ homes, there are a few things you should consider. Firstly and most importantly, will you be able to recruit and maintain a student base which will be the cornerstone of your business? When you work at a school, you have a ready-made client base waiting to be taught, but when you step out on your own, there is much more work to be done to find stable sources of income. It’s also worth making sure that you have appropriate transport options to help you travel between students so you’re not spending too much time or money in transit. Planning is key!
There are many benefits to be reaped when you decide to teach saxophone lessons at your students’ homes. Just make sure that you have planned well and have a solid client base you can call on – good luck!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Tan is a music instructor in Singapore who loves to share her extensive knowledge of music and the art of performing to her students and blog readers. Visit her site at www.saxophonelessonssingapore.com or call (065) 8168 8251.