This is part 6 of 7 from the blog and video series 7 Steps to Attract More Students and Grow Your Violin Studio (What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Studio 10 Years Ago).
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STEP 6/7: NETWORK
When I moved to Eugene, Oregon 10 years ago and had to build a studio from scratch, I made it my job to go to every party and event I was invited to so I could grow a new network of connections and share the good news about my new violin studio and that I was accepting new students. It was exciting, but also daunting for an introvert like myself. I also had all the local violin teachers over for brunch and helped develop a local association that sponsored play-ins and summer activities.
Make it your job to meet owners of local violin and music shops, local arts organizations and school groups. You may need to reach outside of your comfort zone to create some of these opportunities but I assure you that no effort to connect will go unrewarded.
Last, but not least, never underestimate the power of food to bring people together for connection. Have other teachers over for a brunch or invite more established teachers out for coffee to pick their brain on how you can expand your services.
After you have grown your studio to your target size you still must maintain a constant presence in the community. Students come and go and your security and your studio’s stability rely on you staying connected to your community.
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