As we get close to the end of June, it's natural to have some students leaving the studio. Sometimes, it's due to a move away from the area. Other times, priorities or financial situations have changed & lessons are no longer an option. And, other times ... well, perhaps we are breathing a sigh of relief after a tough year with a particular family. (Though hopefully this last one is a rare occurrence.) How can we say goodbye in a manner that leaves everyone positive?
Let's Get Outside! Instead of students gazing outside wishing they could be there ... move those music lessons from the piano to the backyard with these easy ideas!
Last week, we looked at the Dreaded June Slide. It's that time of year where it is oh-so-easy to just let go & coast to end of the month. But, is that really what's best for our students? Regardless of whether your studio runs on regular schedule, holds group lessons, has summer camps, or takes a complete break over the summer months, it's important to recognize that our students need something different right now. They are tired, both mentally & physically. Plus, with end of year exams, projects, outdoor sports & more out-of-town activities on the weekends ... it really isn't a wonder that our students, their families, & perhaps even us, as teachers, need a change. These are the apps & activities my students are doing this month to ensure they are summer ready for whatever they choose to play!
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.
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.
When I was younger, I performed all the time & found it quite easy. Yes I got a bit nervous, but nothing that held me back. However after a long break from playing piano in public, I have a whole new understanding of how many of my students have felt ... at least for their first recital.
At this time of year, I am always torn between finishing out the year with a bang & wanting to get going on next year's plans. So this week, I wanted to share the articles & ideas that kept my excitement up ... during a time of year that typically leads to burn out.