I’m curious to know how you teachers started attracting students. Word-of-mouth works once you have an active studio in place. But what did you do at the very beginning to get yourself known as a teacher and start attracting students. I know from my many years of dealing with harpists, both as a regulator and repairman, I’ve talked to many harpists about their teaching studios. Some of them have a gazillion students and others 4, 5, or 6. Certain harp teachers seem to have a knack for attracting lots and lots of students. When they move to another part of the country and have to start from zero again, in short order they again have lots of students.
So what did you do when you first started? I’m sure that just being seen playing a gig or wedding will cause some people to come up and ask about teaching. But what other strategies have worked? What things did you try that didn’t work as well?