There are a number of ways musicians offer private lessons these days. While there are many teachers experimenting with the online market, others like myself prefer to stick with a brick and mortar layout where we can meet face to face with our students. Even within the list of options for a physical location, you still see lessons being offered out of a private home, religious venue or the local music store or university. There is a lot of variety to choose from as a teacher and student. All options have their own benefits and drawbacks, which I’m hoping to address in another blog post soon!
As of the fall of 2018, I currently operate my studio by spending two days a week at the local Music and Arts, two days a week at the Community Music School at Shepherd University and one day each at a home studio and a local private school, Grace Academy. All of these venues are slightly different in terms of payment and scheduling, but one thing remains the same – I travel to a different location every day of the week, so I must bring along my own teaching supplies. Here is a list of the items I carry with me every day to help me be prepared for any teaching situation that may arise at these different locations! I've also included links to all products mentioned just in case you want to invest in some of these items yourself.
These are the items I keep with me for every lesson because I’ve found they can help make or break the finite time I have with my students. Having a consistent tool kit I can pull from regardless of my teaching location also allows me to ensure everyone is getting the same quality lesson as well. What are some of the things you always keep handy when you’re teaching?
Let me know in the comments below!
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This blog is dedicated to sharing my teaching experiences and resources as a private violin/viola music instructor. I think most agree you can always be improving, learning and developing new techniques as a teacher - I'm glad we're doing it together!