This is a long shot - I'm not expecting too many replies....
When I'm not gazing blankly at my computer screen for 8 hours a day, I moonlight as a piano teacher. I've been at it for nearly 8 years now, have some pretty decent references, and have managed not to warp any young minds / murder any little monsters.
I started thinking about the possibility of using this to earn some money while travelling. Just wondering if anybody else has done something similar?
You are just full of surprises Eve arent you?? Hidden talents I see.
I dont know how to go about that. The only thing I could tell you to do is place an ad in the local newspaper and then have them leave a message at the voice mailbox the newspaper sometimes gives you for that very purpose. You can place an ad the reads the following:
"Talented English piano player interested in doing piano teaching in the host country while taking her worldwide tour. Do not miss this great opportunity. Spaces are limited due to time constraints (then place the dates you will be in that country)".
Or you can also contact the art schools in the countries you are visiting. Email them to see if they will be interested in having you teach there for few sessions.
BTW, the newspaper to use in Peru is "EL COMERCIO".
I think the main problem will be that you don't have your own instrument with you (I assume at least you don't carry your piano with you everywhere...). I know of some guys who did guitar teaching while they were travelling, but that was a pretty low key kind of thing where they just taught in their hostel room on their own bed
Hair cutting is a good skill to put to use while travelling too
i am also a 25 yr old piano teacher...i sent you a message with some ideas for you. be sure to check it out.
I'm a music teacher too (voice, piano, history). I've never taught while travelling, but I've stayed twice in German families while being an au-pair... I remember that while looking for a family, there was a music student who was proposing to teach the piano to the kids as an extra income during her stay... Might be an idea!
Also, in one of the (private) music schools I taught, there was a piano teacher who left to work on a cruise or something like that, and they needed a substite last minute, for 2 month or so... You might get lucky if you are looking for something in that direction...
It's not actually as hard as you might think - the problems will be (a) finding somewhere which has a piano and (b) people who would be prepared to just have 2 or 3 lessons, as opposed to the long term. A friend of mine, Jelena, does something similar when she's away, but finding people looking for just 1 or 2 lessons and have a pianao is the hardest!
Schools (even if it's just an arrangment for you to use their piano for lessons) are a good start, and if you then have access to a piano you can put out flyers/ads in the local papers etc
Schools - good idea. Hadnt actually thought of that. Was thinking more along the lines of house calls.
Thanks for the replies everyone
Wouldn't it be better to teach piano to travel rather than teach piano whilst travelling? I can only imagine it being more bother than what it's worth.