ProductivityThe admin side of teachingTravel TeacherUncategorized

The Traveling Teacher's Guide to Scheduling Students

Registration is in full swing in my studio & that means I am deep into scheduling. While I love many aspects of travel teaching, I will admit to feeling a wee bit jealous of my in-studio colleagues when it comes to scheduling.
While I have learnt that scheduling will always be a jigsaw puzzle for travel teachers, there are ways to ensure that your final schedule doesn’t become a headache for the rest of the year. This is your guide to scheduling your travel schedule!

Student retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Getting the Best Clients

Getting the BEST clients

I am sure we all have horror stories of ‘those’ clients. The ones that seem to truly think that we sleep under the piano bench, our schedule only involves their family, or our policies don’t actually apply to them. We might love the kids, but the drain of week after week of unreasonable and last-minute requests catch up quickly.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Here is a 3-step process to ensure that you get the BEST clients for your studio!

Student retentionUncategorized

Practice During Spring Break? Yes. Really.

Surprise the Teacher

We all know that practice tends to drop off during vacation times. Between family trips & a more relaxed home schedule, piano practice tends to fall through the cracks. I used to exhort my students to continue practicing over school holidays so that they could “keep up their progress”. When we got back to lesson, I typically got a long list of reasons why the student had not practiced over the break.
Rather than continuing to stress about the practice or lay the blame game, I decided to do something different. Hold a studio challenge!

ReflectionsStaying HealthyUncategorized

How I Went From Stressed Out Teacher to Successful Studio Owner

How I went from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner

If you have read The Unfinished Lesson for awhile, you may have noticed that I write quite a bit about balancing priorities & creating a studio environment that works for the individual teacher. So, why am I so passionate about this topic?

This is my journey from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner!

piano parentsThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Policies That Work For Your Studio

There has been quite a lot of talk about policies in the music teaching feeds lately. While I don’t think ‘one size fits all’, I would argue that the majority of teachers want to be seen for the professionals that they are. How individual teachers & studios go about this is different which is what makes our studios unique.

Professional DevelopmentThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Making Hard Choices

Owning a business can be exhilarating & rewarding. But at times, the reality can be overwhelming & frustrating when we are unsure of the right choice to make or whether to continue to follow through on the choices we have already made.
I’ve made some great decisions over the years. And, I’ve made mistakes. But, how can we make those hard choices that best fit our studio?

ProductivityStudent retentionUncategorized

Student (and Family) Gifts in 3 Easy Steps

I love the look on my client’s faces when I give them their Christmas gifts! It is a small way to show appreciation for welcoming me into their homes week after week, supporting their child(ren)’s music education, & being all out awesome.
Every year, there are so many cute/inspirational/crafty/amazing gift ideas for students. This is not about those … though I will put links to some of my favourites at the bottom of this post. This is about getting those gifts ready as quick as possible so you can get back to your eggnog/cider/mulled wine!

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

What On Earth Was I Thinking?

Combined with all the back to school preparations, it was natural to look back on the previous years of school … both my kids in school & my growth as a teacher. At this point, we are now on the 11th & 12th teachers for our kids. They have all done well with our kids, but not all have done well with us as parents. And, I realized at the end of last year that the ones that didn’t do well with us as parents reminded me of someone I know very well. Myself as a beginning teacher. What on earth was I thinking?