Group LessonsProductivityStaying HealthyTravel TeacherUncategorized

The Dreaded June Slide

The Dreaded June Slide

June. The weather is perfect for dinners on the patio, a fantastic fruity drink in hand, kids running around with their friends not to be seen for hours, visiting with friends in the extended evenings & relaxing in the sun (or shade, if you burn like I do).
Or, perhaps your June looks a little more like our home & you are ready for summer to be here.
These are the signs that your students or you are done … & what to do to keep the excitement going until the very last lesson.

RecitalsStudent retentionUncategorized

End of Year Student Gifts (That Don't Break the Bank)

End-of-year student gifts (that won't break the bank)

This month has been all about getting ready for recital season & part of that may be giving gifts to your students or families. There is something about giving families a thoughtful present that lets them know how much they are appreciated.
But with all the tasks involved in putting on a recital (let alone helping students prepare their repertoire beforehand), combined with end of year assessments/reviews, & keeping students engaged when they are more likely wanting to be outside … well, those gifts may just seem like more work than they are worth.
Here is a list of ideas that are homemade & look like you spent days & days prepping Martha Stewart-style … but in reality you only invested a couple hours.

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 retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Spring Into Registration

Spring into registration

This month, is all about taking the good will we have built with our clients and transferring it into renewed contracts for the fall (or summer depending on your studio).
But, before our clients can flock back to our studios … we need to be ready ourselves. This is your guide to knowing what to include in your registration process and how to make the best documents for your studio!

Student retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

What Do Your Clients Really Think?

What do your clients really think?

One of the best types of information we can have as business owners is, “What do our clients really think of us?”. This is the information that they share with others they meet, as well as provides the backbone for reduced churn rates & higher student retention … which leads to higher profits.
This is my guide to finding out what your clients REALLY think.

PreschoolUncategorized

Teaching Precocious Preschoolers

Teaching Precocious Preschoolers

With only so many teaching hours available, one of the groups that has been a blessing to add to my teaching schedule has been preschoolers. In some ways, this group is like junior high students. Teachers either seem to love teaching preschoolers or loath it. In my teaching years, it was the same for junior high teachers. Thankfully, I find it invigorating being around these often precocious and energetic young ones.

Student ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

In Praise of Incrementalism

We are getting into the 3rd month of a new school year & it’s feeling … well, not so new anymore. Routines are set (or not set depending on your point of view). The weather may be changing, but unfortunately it also tends to lead to dropping many of those awesome routines we have set in place back in September.

Then, I listened to a podcast that go me thinking … how can I help my students (& myself) stay motivated during a time of year that lends itself more to snuggling on the couch with a cup of tea & a good book, rather than sticking with our routines & goals?

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?

Student retentionUncategorized

With These Piano Parent Stickers… Home Practice is Sure To Improve! — Teach Piano Today

Each year, I try to help my students practice more efficiently.  But, the fact of the matter is that without parent involvement there is only so much I can do.  Especially with my youngest students who are unable or struggle with reading my (fabulous) practice notes. Once my kids entered school, I developed a whole…