I teach in my home, in our "music room". Dh and I are both professional musicians so we have a pretty nice studio set up for rehearsing, and teaching of course.
CatsCradle - before I took a break from teaching I was teaching in the students' homes. I'm an anglophone living in a primarily French-speaking city so what I did was put up a bunch of posters in a mainly English-speaking area of town. I got one or two students that way and the rest was by word of mouth. This time around I have kids of my own so I know a lot of parents, so what I did was just email everyone I thought might be interested in having their kids take lessons, or might know anyone who would want lessons. From that one email a couple of weeks ago I already have 3 students and one adult who is going to take jazz theory lessons every once in a while. I'm hoping word-of-mouth will help fill out the studio a bit more. I'm actually not looking to teach more than a couple of days a week. What I'd *really* like is to tap into the homeschooling market - to teach to kids during the "school day" (which is when it's most convenient for me to teach).
scottishmummy - what kind of students are you teaching right now? Mostly beginner/intermediate or do you have more advanced students? What method(s) do you use?
I'm a jazz musician and I'm mostly focused on performing, but I do really enjoy the challenge of teaching... I love the problem-solving of how to reach each student. Right now 2 of my students are beginners and one is a transfer student who's had 2 years of group lessons. She can play at an early intermediate level, BUT has such a great ear (and is so bright) that she's managed to get that far with really quite poor reading skills. On top of that she plays with crazy posture (leg under her, body twisted to the side, back hunched) and TOTALLY flat fingers (she says it makes her play faster, lol!). So this is my big challenge right now. We've only done one lesson so far and I guess it'll take a little more time to see exactly what needs doing. Next lesson I'm going to start her on the Piano Adventures Accelerated Book 1, which starts at a primer level (easy songs to focus on reading and proper hand shape, etc) but progresses at quite a quick pace to some more interesting and challenging songs. I'm hoping that by billing it as a book for "much older kids (!)" she won't feel as bad at being put back in "book 1".
Anyway, that's me in a nutshell, lol! Looking forward to chatting with you guys!