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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…

Organizing workshops

I have five kids signed up to do my summer workshop: three 8-year-olds, a 6-year-old, and a 5-year-old. I know the 5-year-old is very active and has a short attention span even for her age. Should I do two small groups or all in one? Also, I have one teenager with piano experience and the rest include a teenager and two adults with zero experience. Will it work okay to have them all in the same group?…

Completing songs in workshop

I've started my workshops and it is clear, particularly with the younger group, that getting through the four songs will be a challenge (or impossible). Is it better to just get a taste of all the songs or to actually complete some? I see advantages to both, but lean towards completing a song. It would be more encouraging to be able to play entire songs than just pieces of them, in my opinion. Thoughts? [answer…

How to plan workshops?

How do you teach the four workshop songs in only four sessions? Are they extra long sessions? If so, how do you structure it so it's not too much for them to handle? Or, do you just teach as much as you can with no agenda? In the forums someone had an outline for a week camp. Maybe mine could be two weeks...a total of ten days instead of four, though with less process time in…

Parents attending workshops

Quick question concerning workshops: do parents attend just like with regular lessons? I would require it. Otherwise we invite the questions - why require parent attendance for ongoing lessons when it wasn't required for workshops? And ultimately it's the parent deciding whether to continue lessons after a workshop.

Number of students in workshop

For workshops, is there a recommended limit to how many students per piano, compared with how many you can have in a typical (non workshop) shared lesson? Somewhere I heard a suggestion of only 2 people per piano in a workshop, but for shared lessons I know that it's common to have more than that (because people can use practice pads while waiting their turn at the piano). I've had 7 people at church sign up…

Accompaniment workshops

I am wondering if any of you have thought about doing an Accompaniment Workshop for current or potential students as a 4 - 6 week affair like we do 'ordinary' Workshops? I love Accompaniment, have done lots of it and would love to perhaps do something like this over the summer, but don't want to reinvent the wheel if there is already something like it out there. I just think this part (okay, all of it…

SHMs for workshops

I have heard several teachers talk about doing 4-6 week workshops (or whatever time frame fits). I would love to do something like that for folks in my church. A small workshop is not too much to commit to, yet they can gain so much and it could lead some of them to sign up for lessons afterward. Is there any online material for workshop students to use? I understand we teachers cannot buy physical materials…

Homeschool Workshops

Teaching Simply Music and have shared with a local home school activities group, so that they might consider Simply Music piano as one of their activities next term. The mother of one of my students has recommended me and the Simply Music program. One of the issues that is likely to arise, should I be invited to come teach, is that they only meet every twoweeks. There is only 11 weeks next term (usually 10), which…