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Webinar Series: 07/18/2018 – Piano – Music & the New Case for Creativity

The Introductory Session has always been a successful marketing tool for Simply Music teachers. However, we live in a different world now than when the FIS was first created. We now have the opportunity to share how learning with the Simply Music method can equip students with ‘critical neurological nutrition’ to help them thrive in an unpredictable and ever-changing world. Every Simply Music teacher can benefit by incorporating this dialogue into their lives. Background of FIS Format (00:05) Why a…

Question about Workshops

I would love to grow my studio from the plateau of about 20 students to more like 50. One thing I want to do is add Workshops. I see a 6-minute training on Workshops in Business Support. Where else would you suggest I look? Also, does anyone have experience and advice on Workshops that you would like to share here? How do you advertise it? How do you price it? What do you wish you had…

Anxiety over cost of SHMs

I find myself personally going through "sticker shock" with the cost of Student Home Materials and it's making me feel scared to tell families what they are required to purchase without apologizing for the cost. It's also making me hesitant to include any of the supplemental programs which I purchased myself and want to include, but feel hesitant to ask families to purchase. I'm wondering if any other teachers experienced this and how they overcame it?…

Teacher in a valley

I'm hoping to find some advice and encouragement. For several months, I have felt bogged down in studio management (mostly involving recruiting and keeping students since my finances are very restricted at the moment). In the process of trying to fill vacancies and keep my financial boat afloat, I am losing the joy of teaching and constantly feel drained. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep energized and excited about teaching while feeling totally…

Family unwilling to comply with payment method

If you have a new family who doesn't comply to the kind of payment method you specified, would you not take this student? I would rather not. I have lost students over this but if they are unwilling to accept your policies, things tend to be challenging over other things later (like practicing, being on time, etc). Having said that, it does depend on what they don't agree with. I have…

Whether or not to have a studio Facebook page

I just had my annual piano party yesterday and I was thinking it would be nice to invite parents to post photos and videos of their kids. Do any of you have both personal and business Facebook pages? Or, for that matter, only a business page? I only have a personal page and I'm wondering how to proceed. I have a business page and a personal page, and I don't accept…

Studio policies on inclement weather

I want to schedule make-up lessons for all my families whose lessons were canceled because of snow. What is your policy on bad weather? I charge by the month, not by the lesson, but the understanding is they get weekly lessons except for pre-planned holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day. I don't typically try to reschedule. My policy for inclement weather is that I credit them for 1/2 the cost…

Discussing tuition at initial phone call

I am just going to start to get the word out about teaching Simply Music, and then I will have an introductory session. My question is, what if people call and want to know how much it costs? Do you tell them the cost, or tell them to come to the first session and find out more about the program? Different SM teachers have different takes on this question. I do…

Digital organization of student info

Do you keep a video and/or audio portfolio for your students? Thoughts on how to organize one? Storage is becoming an issue for me. I use Dropbox. I store all my files on this. Video, audio, and paper. As it's cloud storage, you can access it from any device. I have set up folders for each student. Google cloud. Once exception is my student enrollment forms…

Parents requesting discounted lessons

I started to work with a student who has cerebral palsy. Tova is an amazing person and student but does have a lot of challenges, as well as in the class. Because of her many issues, the 30-minute lesson can easily extend longer than that but we are learning to finish in the half hour. When the family first started, I offered them a discount for one term, as for me music is important and I…

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