Recruiting students is an important part of every music teacher’s position. Recruiting more students in the program ensures that more children will have the opportunity of being exposed to music. No matter what the specific music discipline, this is a goal all music directors strive for. We all believe in the power of music when educating kids.
When I started teaching ten years ago, I got a position in a good school, but unfortunately with a tiny music program. My classes at that time had only about 7 students. Ten years later, I am teaching about 80-100 students and still happy with the outcome. I am always thinking about different ideas to further grow my program. My school does recruiting for new students in February and the first months of the Spring semester are always devoted to preparing for recruiting sessions and polishing old ideas. During the years, I’ve had my share of frustrations, success, experimenting and falls. At the end, I do feel that I could summarize the lessons learned in the following posts: