ProductivityUncategorized

Building Excitement For Lessons

Building Excitement For Lessons

It’s the start of a new academic year in the studio and that means I’ve been working at building excitement for lessons that are starting just around the corner!  
Whether your lessons have already begun or they are oh-so-close to starting, building excitement in those weeks up to AND after lessons have begun is crucial.  Everyone is settling into a new routine and if something is exciting, it’s talked about.  Which leads to more time spent on it!

Professional DevelopmentResource ReviewUncategorized

An Unexpected Gem (Resource Review)

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.

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Making Up Can Be Easy To Do

This is a time of year when many families have more than ever on their plates. Not only are all the regular extra-curricular events going on, but there are a multitude of additional activities families are expected to attend. One client put it perfectly. “We have everything scheduled and balanced just right. Then, December comes along & all the changes wreak havoc on the delicate balance we had going.” December is the month we seem to sprint to vacation.

With all of these additional student and family commitments that come up during December, is it any wonder that parents ask for makeup lessons? But, how do you handle these requests without overloading your own schedule?

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What I Learnt From An IKEA Catalogue

The new IKEA catalogue came several weeks ago. While we don’t NEED new furniture right now, I like looking at how they set up the rooms for ideas of what we can do with our home. But, this time it was different.
What if we could drastically change the reading behaviour of our clients with a shift in perspective for our studio-client communications?

The admin side of teachingUncategorized

Saying Goodbye to Students

Saying goodbye to students

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?

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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.