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.
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.
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!
This month on The Unfinished Lesson, we will be looking at ways to retain clients. With registration coming up in many studios, it is important to remind students & parents alike why they just HAVE to stay with you for another year. Find out best tips for increasing your re-enrollment rates & tracking your success!
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!
when I go to my clients' homes it doesn't surprise me that we can often hear life going on around us during lesson. Here are my top tips for dealing with the challenges of creating an ideal learning environment in someone else's home.
Last week, I shared some of the ways I've learnt over the years to manage my time on the road. After all, this is time travel teachers can all so easily 'lose' during their overall teaching week. However, one thing holds true whether you teach in your student's home, your home studio, commercial location or … Continue reading Time Management for the Travel Teacher: In-lesson edition