What should I put in the Overview section of my profile?

You're smart, fun, and ready to help

Students will read your Overview to get a sense of who you are as a teacher and as a person. You'll want to mention your experience and teaching philosophies, but don't forget to include a few notes about your personality and teaching style. These details will help seal the deal for prospective students. Make sure prospective students know how awesome you are! 

How will you describe yourself? Use a template to get started.

TEMPLATE 1 (Fun, Personal Tone)

Hi, there! My name is [Your name] and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since [year] and have loved helping my students [accomplishment 1], [accomplishment 2], and [accomplishment 3]. I went to [school name] and earned a degree in [your field] in [year]. I'm a [personality trait 1] and [personality trait 2] person and my teaching style is [personality trait 3], [personality trait 4], and [personality trait 5]. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

TEMPLATE 2 (Professional Tone)

[Your name] has been teaching private lessons since [year] and is currently available to teach lessons at [your home, at [his/her] studio, and online]. [Your name] has helped students [accomplishment 1], [accomplishment 2], [accomplishment 3], [accomplishment 4].

[Your name] received [his/her] training at [School/Organization] in [year] where [he/she] received a degree in [your field]. As an expert in [his/her] field, [your name] looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. [Your name]'s teaching style is [personality trait 1], [personality trait 2], and [personality trait 3].

Top characteristics of popular teachers:

  • Well-trained (including BA/BS, graduate degrees)
  • Experienced (at least 1 year teaching experience)
  • Flexible & fun-loving 
  • Takes pride in helping students succeed

Here's an example of a GREAT Overview from TakeLessons teacher, Jason:

Jason M. is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a shared screen experience leaving no stone un-turned! Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Local news outlet Fox 5 even did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons. Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Although trained in standard teaching methods, Jason developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Jason also hosts student showcases/charity benefits where his students are able to get on stage and show off their new talent. Jason is an expert transcriber for guitar and bass and masters 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises, and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning.

Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, and more.

Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Jason’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Studio Equipment ***

ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric

Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric

Savannah Ukulele

Martin Acoustic

G&L S-500 custom Electric

ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric

ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"

B.C. Rich Warlock

Multi-angle cameras for online students

 

*** Travel Equipment ***

Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)

Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6

Scott Ian Randall Amp

Various guitars depending on project