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Relocating studio

Have any of you teachers ever relocated and started your teaching business from scratch in a new area? How did it go? What about moving just far enough that it alters the student base? I'm not planning on moving, but whenever I consider it, I wonder what the effect would be. I'd love to hear your experience and wisdom on the subject. I've just moved in the last few months, 20…

Setting up an in-home studio

I just moved and am building my studio from nothing again. For those who do an in-home studio, how do you set it up in your house? What kind of chairs do you use? I got folding chairs at Office Depot on the after Thanksgiving sale. I have ten of them. We have a formal living room and a family den. The studio is in my formal living room. When I…

Recruiting additional teachers

Those of you who have recruited multiple teachers for your studios - did you pay for their SMP training, or did you have them pay and just handle the administrative stuff? And what is your cut? I'm driving to lessons all over Northern Virginia, and in each area, I'm adding new students just by word of mouth. Unfortunately, traffic here is killing me. It could take 10 minutes to drive 5 miles or 30, which affects…

Controlling germs in studio

It's flu season so a parent asked me what I do in my music room to keep the piano and environment as germ-free as possible. What do you do and how would you answer this question? I keep hand sanitizer on the piano, and wipe the keys with Clorox wipes between students. I also credit for cancelled lessons due to illness. I have six kids of my own and someone…

Parent correcting child in lessons

I have a student who is coming to a shared lesson with two parent coaches (mom and step-dad). With three students and four parents, my space is quite crowded. How would you suggest I respond? Ask just one to attend, ask one to sit farther back? Or just carry on with both of them? Also, the step-dad is quick to correct the young man. At times I want to be the one to do the correction;…

Acoustic differences between carpet and hard flooring

We are blessed to be replacing our very old carpet with hardwood flooring in the next week. I have an upright piano on wheels, and wondered if there are any sound/acoustic considerations to think about. We don't plan to put a rug under it. What's the size of the room? I have an upright piano in my living room (approximately 19 x 13) with hardwood floors and all is fine. But…

Screen vs. Whiteboard for Lesson Notes?

Greetings all – thinking about the time I spend writing weekly lessons on whiteboards, and also documenting lesson content on my computer files – wondering if anybody has transitioned to use something other than a whiteboard for lesson content/notes? I am thinking it would be great to be able to effortlessly use my softcopy file (which has columns for Foundation and all the streams I use – similar to the prototype that Laurie has shared) and…

Creating A “Mobile” Studio

Hi Teachers, I’m looking for some input to help with my current studio setup and use of technology. I teach out of my church, which has its pros and cons. The biggest benefits are that there are really nice pianos here; I don’t have to make my home into a public space; there’s plenty of parking; and I get the benefit of being under the church’s music conservatory program, which could lead to new students in…

Teaching in the School Setting

I received a call about teaching Simply Music at a school that’s 45 minutes away, and had a few questions if this would even work. Two of the students moved here from Australia, and loved learning piano through the Simply Music method. Their traditional piano teacher is no longer there. The school is used to charging a flat amount per semester (instead of a monthly fee), and the parents traditionally never accompanied the children for their lessons. When I briefly explained…

Web based Enrollment and Payments‏

I am wondering if anyone can recommend a web program that teachers can use to have people book into lessons, and also accept payments. I am particularly interested in this type of facility for my babies - school age music groups that I run. Perhaps it might also be handy for Simply Music? I'm using a trial version of music teachers helper, which is free for five students. I am also…

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