Post # 1
A little bit of background here: I am a musician (cellist and pianist) who FINALLY got my piano moved to my side of town (I have been commuting an hour away to teach once a week)…now that I have my piano handy, I want to make some business cards to hand out at my work (as well as other places). I want the card to serve two purposes:
1) advertise my willingness to teach (have over 10+ years experience), and also 2) my willingness to perform (for events, private parties, weddings, etc.) — I have 2 performance degrees so I have had lots of training in this area.
Can you think of short, concise ways to put these things on a little card? I don’t want it to get too cluttered, but I would like it to be pretty clear that I’m both a performer and a teacher.
Phew, the things we worry about. Any input would be much appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
Would having your name, #, address, and then just the title ‘performance artist and piano (and cello?) instructor’ work? I think that makes it clear. Especially if you have it like
123 street avenue•city•state •123-456-7890
•performance artist for hire •particular degree/experience
•cello and piano instructor •10 years experience
Post # 4
@indibee: Oh those are some great ideas! I’m going to see how I can format them on the card style that I have fallen in love with!
Post # 5
I assume you plan to teach those under the age of 18, so my advice, separate from what to put on your business card, is that I would get some kind of clearance, either through the state or FBI. You can get fingerprinted and processed for a small fee. Teachers and anyone who works with children need it done to even get in a school basically. Especially since you won’t be affiliated with any type of reputable facility, you’ll want to reassure parents you aren’t a creeper and can be trusted with their little darling. You may also want to look into liability insurance through a group like those for teachers, especially if the wee one in question will be coming to you and your piano for his or her lessons. CYA. Good luck!
Post # 6
@Amaryllis: Thanks for the tip — I got an extensive background check done for a teaching job this past summer, so I do have that. I also currently have about 10 young students in my musical studio, so perhaps I should offer references to people who have questions about me and my teaching.