Introduce yourself through videos

An introduction video is an easy way to provide potential students with a preview of your teaching style and unique personality. It’s an opportunity to stand out, highlight your skills and showcase what it would be like to work with you. A successful video doesn’t have to be long; we recommend under two minutes.

How to create a quality introduction video

1. Prepare a script to say hello!

  • Who are you and what do you teach?
  • Tell students about your expertise. What are your career highlights?
  • What is your teaching style? Do you use any particular techniques or methods?
  • Wrap up. What can students expect from working with you?

2. Get Your Camera Ready

  • We recommend recording with a digital video camera, smartphone or webcam.
  • Recording in 4K, 1080P or High-Def will result in the best quality video.

3. Set The Scene

  • Prepare a simple, clean space, or use a plain wall as your “backdrop.”
  • Reduce outside noise.
  • Record in a well-lit room or utilize soft, direct lights.
  • Set the camera on a stand or sturdy surface and frame the shot.

4. Record and Review

  • Your script is prepared and your space is set. Hit record and review the take!
  • Can you hear your voice?
  • Did you speak clearly?
  • Can you see your face clearly?

5. Upload to YouTube

  • Go to www.YouTube.com. Sign into your account or create one.
  • Click upload at the top of the page.
  • Select the video that you’d like to upload from your computer.
  • Title your video: “Introduction”.
  • Click publish when the video has finished uploading.
  • Copy the link of your introduction video.

6. Link to your TakeLessons profile

  • Log in to your TakeLessons account.
  • Open your Profile tab.
  • Scroll down to Photos & Videos. Click Add.
  • Click on the Video option.
  • Paste your YouTube URL into the link textbox.
  • Write a caption that summarizes your introduction.
  • Confirm the video follows our terms, check the terms box, and click Save.

Need inspiration? Here are examples from TakeLessons instructors:

Rosita R. (music and language instructor) 

Philip F. (music instructor)

 

Need help uploading videos? 

Here's a tutorial on uploading videos to YouTube or your TakeLessons account.

 

 

See Do's and Dont's of Intro Videos...

 

DO: prepare your remarks, use good lighting and sound control.

 

 

DON’T: ramble on without a script.

 

 

DON’T: use poor lighting.

 

DON’T: mumble, or record background noise.

 

DON’T: Speak at a low volume.