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Short notice lesson cancellation by student

I had a parent ask for a reschedule after only giving me 11 hours of advance notice that they will miss the lesson. How do I handle this professionally without causing parents to decide to quit? It's already in my studio policies that they should provide 24 hours of notice to get a make up credit. This mom has been having health issues and let me know last week that she would have surgery "sometime in…

Handling spring break absences

Spring Break question: almost all school districts in my area have spring break on the same days every year, and at least half of my students are gone the entire week. In the past, I have just used this as one of my vacation weeks, but this coming year I really don't want to take that week off. I have another trip planned and have no plans to vacation when everyone else is gone for spring…

Infrequent lessons and teaching multiple songs

I need some counsel. Earlier this year, three ladies signed up for lessons after attending a workshop together. They are close friends and want to continue as a group, but here's the catch. They say that due to their varying schedules and frequent absences to visit their families, they cannot commit to regular weekly lessons; instead they want me to teach them a "clump" of songs at a time, that they can work on for 4…

Following School Calendar in Studio

Does anyone follow a local school calendar as their schedule in their studio? I am thinking of adopting ours and then charging a "summer program" for those who continue in summer. But Im afraid it may open a huge can of worms. My students have a lot of different schedules because of a variety of school districts, private schools, charter schools, etc. I have taught through the summer with fairly consistent…

Summer Scheduling Strategies

Dear Friends, This is going to be my first summer teaching SM. I would like to see if any of you could share with us your strategies on handling summer scheduling. It would be very big help to those of us who are still puzzling what to do. I teach all year round, holidays excepted, plus some vacation time for me. What I do is guarantee that I will be available to…

Final Lesson

Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can share some insights on how to run a final lesson. I’m thinking of two particular scenarios: when it’s the last lesson with a student who is choosing to discontinue, or, more frequently, the last lesson before a bit of a longer break (i.e. Christmas or summer holidays). I always struggle a bit with whether this should be a time to review what we’ve accomplished so far, or to send them out…

Summer Teaching in Students’ Home

I was approached by a parent of 2 students that would like me to consider teaching at her home in the summer. She said that her sub has many children that may have interest in piano lessons and she'd round them up for a FIS and then help me start them in large shared lessons. What are your thoughts as teachers? Is this giving up territory by not teaching in my home? Would this be a good…

Parents, Participation and Part-time Attendance

I have a prime, after-school lesson time, and I'm considering filling it with a group of 8 and 9 year old girls who have been on my waiting list for a few months. I'm hoping for a Shared Lesson of at least 3, but it might be as many as 6 girls. 1. I'm meeting with the moms tomorrow for an FIS. I know in advance that two of the mothers work and may not be able…

Tardiness

How do you deal with lateness & tardiness ? I have a student who will show up 5, 10, sometimes even 15 minutes late. This last Friday he did a "no show". So, I decided to write out a separate "policy" for this... due to the ongoing issue with this particular student. I am not sure what the best solution would be here... so I was wondering how other teachers may enforce this. …

Tips & Tricks for Bringing Closure to Piano Lessons

I would love to know if anyone has any special ways they end their lessons. This could obviously be different from kids to adults. High 5's, goodbye song? stickers? I find that the end of my lessons just kind of dribble out, rather than having a lovely closure. In all my preschooler groups, we sing a goodbye song which ends it nicely. I would love to end my piano classes just as nicely. [answer…

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