As a teacher we have a brand. As a studio owner we have a brand. And, we need that brand to fascinate our ideal studio clients. How do we do this in a busy, busy world?
How we learn. That’s what we, as teachers, really want to know because it lets us know how to best teach.
The right app makes all the difference, right? And while I’ve written about the apps I use in my studio while teaching, I haven’t shared the apps I just can’t live without for the business side of my studio. That’s about to change!
While we may teach piano (or other instruments), coaching students and clients is a big part of our jobs. It’s when we work with our students, rather than give them all the answers, that they have the most growth. It’s when we work with our clients that we have the best relationships and outcomes. And yet, have we really learnt how to coach our students and clients?
One of the things I have changed about my practice time in the last few weeks is to create instead of imitate. Rather than play repertoire by other composers, I play from the heart. It’s been eye opening how much I’ve had to say musically!
Then, on a rare trip to my office this week, I found a book that a student gave me which reminded why this is so important.
When I first started my business, I couldn’t help but wonder “Does design have to be complicated?” I knew that I needed to have good looking materials for prospective clients. But, I also knew that I was spending way to much time on materials that looked like an elementary school child created them. Sigh.
Then, I found a solution!
With registration starting on Monday, I have spent the last few weeks ensuring that everything is ready to go & as easy as possible for my clients. Part of this is creating family folders in Google Drive. For each family, I add documents throughout the year so parents can access them & get an overview of what they child(ren) are doing in piano lessons.
This is a how-to video on how create folders & add documents to Google Drive.
Whether it’s avoiding Murphy’s Law, wireless connections that aren’t always great, or just having a backup plan in place, a few simple tools can make your TV a great screen to show what is on your iPad!
For this month’s resource review, I decided to focus on a resource for parents. It is important to keep in mind our piano parents as we make decisions for our studio. How can we support and educate them to make piano lessons a positive experience for the whole family?
Read more for my review of an unexpected gem.
We all have student ailments that drive us a little (or a lot) bonkers. No matter how many times we tell a student to lift their wrist, relax their hand, or drop their shoulders (a common one heard from my teacher when I was a teenager) … a few moments later the problem seems to pop up. It’s a frustrating situation for the student and for the teacher. What to do? Read more for my resource review of a book sure to help you AND your students!