I've moved to a new area since I last had music lessons and I don't really know "the scene" up here and how to look for a teacher. It's never really been an issue for me before because I learned at school, then via junior conservatoire, teachers came to watch our performances and gave us their cards, so I have no idea how to go out and get a teacher. Of course, I know where to find lists of teachers - the library, web searches, music shops and such, but how do you find a good teacher? I need to find one who is a good fit for me and my needs, but I'm aware there are some out there who should not be in practice. I took a recorder lesson recently and quickly discovered that my playing and musical experienced had the "teacher" way outclassed, and I found out she was teaching beginners' piano too, despite being around grade 3 herself!
Where do you look for a teacher, and what questions should I ask to make sure of who I am dealing with? What level of qualification would you look for to take lessons at diploma level? What questions would you ask at the initial enquiry stage? How many lessons do you normally take with someone new before you'd expect to be asked to take up a regular slot?
(Instrument is viola, btw!)