Allison Allport is a Harpist and Music Educator in Southern California

  • #1 written by whitney
    about 7 years ago

    Dear Allison,

    AT Maria Newman’s last night I spoke with your parents. How proud of you are they!

    I am a cellist ( my doctorate in music, dma, ’97, from cincinnati conservatory of music) looking for students in my home studio or elsewehere. I am wondering if you might know of folks who might be able to help in locating any kins of cello students.

    Thanks in advance.
    Whitney Raleigh

    • #2 written by allisonallport
      about 7 years ago

      Hi Whitney,

      Thanks for posting on my site!

      I have found that growing a studio takes a multitude of approaches, and a sustained effort. Some things I have learned over the last couple years are:

      Pretend you are somebody who wants to take lessons on your instrument in your area. Go through the steps they might (Google for starters). Do you happen upon your information? If not, how can you get your info to these potential students? Internet teacher directories, Journal listings, ask to be put on music shop listings, maybe even local bulletin boards at coffee shops, etc. are good places to start.

      Take any opportunity you can and see if you can make it work. Even if it’s not quite in your comfort zone, or profitable right away, it could become a niche. Often I have found really rewarding opportunities just by doing work nobody else would take for one reason or another. For instance, I took one student in an area that was a long drive for me. It was not particularly profitable for a while because it was a long drive for only one lesson… I spent more time on the road than at the lesson! It was still rewarding though, because it was good teaching experience for me and made me even better prepared for other students to come. Now because of word-of-mouth and my willingness to teach in that area where few harpists work, I have 5 students in the vicinity which makes that same basic drive a lot more feasible. I used to also turn down opportunities because of my lack of confidence in certain teaching situations. Now, I am much more likely to take on students with all sorts of different goals and backgrounds. I am totally upfront about my strengths, and help them find other resources and teachers if they are into skills that are not my forte (composing, improvising, etc). But a lot of the time, I find that I can help them more than I thought I could, so I end up learning a lot in the process and becoming a better teacher, too.

      I am sorry I don’t have any leads for you on any actual cello students, but perhaps some of these methods will help you find a source of students that will help grow your studio over time!


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