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#2107884 - 06/25/13 01:55 PM Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher  
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Hi all,

I was wondering what options are available to host monthly studio classes considering I do not have an adequate space myself. I am interested in what other traveling teachers' experience has been with this topic. I also would prefer the location to be free.

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#2107892 - 06/25/13 02:23 PM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: eccp19]  
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Quite a few home teachers lack the space to hold group classes, like myself. The best places I have found are churches and church halls as long as they have a piano. Most will charge a modest rate or maybe just ask for donations but presuming you will be charging your students for the class it should more than cover it.


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#2107912 - 06/25/13 03:00 PM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: eccp19]  
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A student's home? I have held small group classes and recitals at students' homes.


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#2108003 - 06/25/13 04:54 PM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: Barb860]  
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Originally Posted by Barb860
A student's home? I have held small group classes and recitals at students' homes.

Yes. People who pay the premium for a teacher to come to *their* house tend to be wealthier and therefore have larger houses which could fit a class or recital. I have taken advantage of this in the past.

#2108861 - 06/27/13 02:02 AM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: eccp19]  
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Ask your local piano dealer if they offer the showroom for such purposes. Sometimes they'll gladly trade foot traffic in the store (plus potential customers) in return for a free room rental.


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#2108976 - 06/27/13 08:46 AM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: eccp19]  
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Good responses here. I would consider a church or piano store or community centre before a student's home, though, simply because of the ongoing business relationship you have with a family. Something could easily go awry, and then it could become awkward. Or worse, you lose a student.

#2108985 - 06/27/13 09:08 AM Re: Offering Studio Classes as a Traveling Teacher [Re: Peter K. Mose]  
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Originally Posted by Peter K. Mose
Good responses here. I would consider a church or piano store or community centre before a student's home, though, simply because of the ongoing business relationship you have with a family. Something could easily go awry, and then it could become awkward. Or worse, you lose a student.


Good point, Peter. Not offering refreshments of any kind helps minimize "things going awry", I have found. No lingering after the group class.


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