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What Parents are Looking For

It makes good business sense to understand what parents look for in music teachers.

Last updated: 10 June 2021

Understanding parents' perspective

Parents need a music teacher for their children who is reliable. They will use a word-of-mouth when looking for a new music teacher for their child, and tend to rely on recommendations from friends.

Parents also want someone who can fit in with their timetable, and that of their child. Finding a flexible music teacher can sometimes be more important than finding a great teacher.

They need to be confident that their child will like their music teacher, and enjoy their music lessons.

They need to know their child is in a safe environment.

What you can do to help your pupils' parents

Be a responsive teacher; understand the needs of the parents and give advice.

Parents like to know how you think their child is progressing; provide regular updates to the parents. Therefore, communicate with parents regularly – use Practice Diaries to show progress and keep parents informed.

Hold little concerts for your students. Not only these motivate children to perform, but it is a good way to meet the parents and let them see you in action. You could invite prospective pupils to these.

Parents don’t often know where to buy instruments, or what to look for. Be ready to offer parents guidance on buying instruments and other music items.

Be mindful that parents can be shocked by hidden costs such as music stands and music books. Can you help them with any advice, or by negotiating deals with a local music shop?

Find more guidance for parents on finding a good music teacher on Music Teachers website

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