Teaching violin at a music school or becoming a private violin teacher? Can’t make up your mind? Here are the pros and cons that may help you decide between these two choices.
One of the very important things to all working adults- time. At a music school, there is a fixed time schedule that you have to adhere to.
If the timing of the student is compromised, let’s say, something crops up for the student, you have to do a make up lesson
based on the schedule that the school offers but you can’t suit everyone’s needs isn’t it? If you are a private violin teacher,
you are then able to rearrange schedules with flexibility,
discussing with the parents the best time schedule for lessons. So flexible!
Money! Money! Money!
Needless to say, if you are working in a school, you will definitely not receive 100% of the school fees.
Half of it probably goes to the school. As a private piano teacher though,
you get to receive all the fees for yourself. You earn what you teach! No extra cost!
In a school, there’s definitely a fix set of rules you got to follow, a fixed syllabus you have to use for lessons.
Being a private violin teacher however, you adhere to your own personal teaching rules, you fix your own syllabus for
the students based on the student’s abilities. You are also able to utilise any form of educational materials during lesson!
This is of great importance as a teacher! There is never just one fixed set of learning materials for a student.
Each student is different in their own ways.
Being involved with the parents as a private violin teacher has lots of advantages. In a school,
it is really hard to update the parents on the child’s progress because sometimes, the child goes to the school alone
and most of the time, you don’t know if the child is facing any difficulty in learning when he/she is at home.
When you are a private violin teacher, the child’s parents would usually ferry their child to your house or when you go over, they’re at home.
This makes the perfect opportunity to keep the parents updated and also keep yourself in the know when it comes to the child’s learning progress.
Just like there are the good, there’s also the bad. As a private violin teacher,
it is important to be reminded that your own reputation is at stake. If you work in a school and things don’t go your way,
there’s always a finger pointing in the direction of the school but when you’re on your own
and things go wrong, you yourself is to be blamed. Your reputation is important to be uphold.
Students? No students?
One of the greatest things any home tutors would be afraid of is a lack of students. In music schools,
there is always a steady flow of students awaiting but as a private violin teacher,
it is your own responsibility to find students so that you have a stable group of students of your own.
In a music school, lesson studios are provided and there is nothing much to consider about when it
comes to location but as a private violin teacher, it is a need to travel to student’s places so definitely,
it is important to take student’s locations into consideration!
Being a private violin teacher has its pros and cons but looking at the pros, I would say it’s safe to say
that there are so many advantages of becoming a private violin teacher!
Come feed your desires of teaching and immerse yourself in educating youths in their musical journey!