Re: College studio recruitment and retention
I too am finding that the biggest concern and draw is scholarship $$. Teaching at a private college, who is slowly diminishing money available for scholarship, while steadily increasing tuition...its a huge concern for parents and students. One recently who audition on bassoon at over 10 schools (yes, you read that correct...over 10 schools) said the determining factor would be that "he would attend whomever gave him a full ride".
With the rising cost of higher education, this seems to be the largest concern from parents and students, which bleeds into we college professors.
On a lighter note, a personal email to the student with the offer of a free lesson seems to go a long way.
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)