Am I employable as Private tutor?

(6 Posts)
80schild Wed 07-Sep-16 22:50:41

I am thinking about doing music teaching for a bit of extra money. My qualifications are as follows: grade 8 in clarinet currently working towards a diploma, I play in two orchestras (3 including my church) and have worked with quite young children where I have run a successful playgroup. My teacher has a masters from the best university in the country and he has been saying for ages I should start teaching. DH has been saying that I will struggle as there are loads of teachers well qualified. I guess my question is. If you had a child would you use someone like me? I keep on thinking that if I package myself properly I might be able to get people (selling myself cheap as a "student" teacher for £15 a lesson).

Balletgirlmum Wed 07-Sep-16 23:58:26

Clarinet is the type of instrument that lots of children play through school. You sound perfectly faithless of teaching especially if you are working towards a diploma but I know several woodwind teachers & to make it pay they have had to become multi skilled. For example a conservatoire trained flautist I know put herself through grade 8 clarinet & saxophone to add those instruments to her repertoire (she's also p professional player for theatre etc shows)

As an aside I would be untested in knowing what you deem the best uni in the country to be for music as I can name several institutions that would all argue their case!!!

onlymusic Thu 08-Sep-16 08:15:18

Yes! From my experience good teaching skills are as important, if not more, than musical quialifications

Balletgirlmum Thu 08-Sep-16 09:37:21

Gosh my post is full of typos!!!!

It should be :

You sound perfectly CAPABLE of teaching

&

I would be INTERESTED in knowing!

Wafflenose Thu 08-Sep-16 09:45:51

Yes, anyone can set up as an instrumental teacher. You will need DBS clearance, and it would be beneficial to work towards some kind of teaching qualification, such as the CTABRSM or a teaching diploma (I did a PGCE). FWIW, £15 a lesson might not be cheap, depending where you live. I'm in the south west, have many years' experience and charge £13 for half an hour. My daughters' teachers (in their 50s and 60s so more experienced than me) charge £15, £17, £17 for lessons of the same length, although we do 20, 40 and 60 minutes on their various instruments.

80schild Thu 08-Sep-16 09:47:55

My teacher went to Trinity College. I think DH talks from the perspective of a teacher, as he is a secondary school teacher himself and thinks the only real way of doing it is through doing PGCE. But we shall see.

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