What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I just have a fee for individual lessons, and discount that rate if it involves a class of multiple students, or if the student pays for multiple months in advance. Not too complicated.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Get to know them. Ask them what they would like to learn. Ask them if there are any particular techniques, styles or songs that they would like to learn. Develop a plan and discuss with the student and proceed from there. I'm also flexible to change.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I haven't had a lot of formal individual training, but I keep a running list of websites (and also make them available to my students) that offer guitar instruction. I also get emails with audio and video links to guitar lessons. Also, I subscribe to a guitar magazine which features regular guitar teaching lessons. I've been to guitar workshops and conferences over the years.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was quite natural after playing the guitar for so many years. I wanted others to be able to have the same enjoyment that I have for this instrument. I also needed to make some money (!) It's great getting paid by doing something that you really enjoy doing.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've taught students of all age groups. Since 2013, I've taught guitar classes for Senior Adults at a local senior center. I also have private individual students. I'm now teaching a friend remotely via telephone and internet--- which is fun to do. So I would say--- I have worked with ALL types of students.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This past year, my students were able to participate in several programs, including a local Blues & Jazz festival, concerts at local retirement centers, and a special Christmas concert together as a class. I believe this year will include a private recording project (an album) and also possibly recording a CD with my guitar classes.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Come & check it out. I'm passionate about teaching guitar. My rates are affordable.
I believe in each and every one of my students with all of my heart, and seek to inspire that belief within each of them also.
What are you waiting for ? Come on-- let's get started.. =)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Most beginner guitarists don't know enough about the instrument to even know what or how they want to learn or play. Think about the music that you like. What styles or aspects of music do you like? If you listen to guitar music, what kinds of playing would you like to learn? Is there a particular guitarist that you'd like to emulate or learn from? These types of things help a teacher to know how and where to lead their students in learning the guitar.