Reaching Out to Homeschool Communities

Erin said: Oct 5, 2015
Erin Ellis
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Brooklyn, NY
4 posts

I’m interested in reaching out to homeschool communities in my area, and was wondering if anyone has done so and has any advice?

Many thanks,

Erin

Erin Rushforth said: Oct 30, 2015
Erin Rushforth
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools
San Antonio, TX
19 posts

In my area, there are many homeschool co-ops and groups with an online presence. Some of them have email newsletters or a section of their website devoted to vendors. If they meet together on a weekly or monthly basis, you might offer to present a lesson to the group (perhaps teaching one of your reliable students) or share a brief presentation on the benefits of Suzuki music study.

If you have any homeschool students, you might mention your interest in serving the homeschool community and see if they can help connect you.

There might also be a regional homeschool convention sometime during the year where you could have a booth?

Allison Cooke said: Nov 7, 2015
Allison Cooke
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Guelph, ON
6 posts

The above suggestions are good. If you offer daytime lessons to homeschoolers, and let this be explicitly known when you approach them, you will probably have more luck. Homeschoolers love it when they find activities during regular school hours because evenings can get really full.

Carolyn Smith said: Nov 9, 2015
 Cello
6 posts

If you have access to a homeschooler who can advertise for you on the homeschool websites, consider offering short term free or low cost offerings such as a string instrument petting zoo or some other type of young kid friendly short music appreciation class. Offer this during the day—but not until noon or later because homeschoolers generally like to save mornings for school. This will help get you exposure to the types of kids and parents who might then be interested in lessons.

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