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Scheduling student who observes Ramadan

I'm about to acquire a young Muslim man who delayed beginning because of driving 40 minutes to my studio on low calories during Ramadan. That's fine with me. I'm just thinking when Ramadan comes around next year the issue will rise again. He’s a pharmacist and wanted his lesson after work - the hungry times I guess. I'm wondering how other teachers schedule for Ramadan? Is he in a shared lesson? I…

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…

Longer lessons for advanced students

I've been thinking of implementing longer lessons for my more advanced private students who I think need the time in the upper levels, in particular with all the reading we do. Maybe 45 minutes or hour lessons? One student is requesting an hour lesson and is willing to pay more. Do other teachers do this, and I'm wondering what the rate adjustment would be for both times? I have been teaching…

Adding new students to group

I have a fairly new student who has completed the Foundation session, the Basics, and Dreams Come True. His friend wants to join him in learning piano, and the mom called me today to say, "May we join the lesson today?". I also have a new student who came to an FIS who will join this group. So now I have a group of three, ages 7, 7, and 9, for this afternoon. They have very…

Transitioning siblings from private to shared lessons

For those of you who have transitioned from private to group lessons: I have several families with multiple children enrolled. I figure this is pretty typical. In private lessons I was able to arrange their lessons consecutively quite easily. But as I make the transition to groups, the age differences of sibling makes it more difficult to guarantee consecutive lessons for families. As such I can understand why some of my families are hesitant to make…

Biweekly (fortnightly) lessons

I would love some advice. I have had conversations with a mother of two girls that I teach. The eldest girl has just started Foundation 5, half way through the reading program and is in an accelerated music program at school. The youngest has just started Foundation 4. Both have a very strong playlist and practice consistently. The family has just purchased their first home, and are going to be on a strict budget. She wants…

Responding to social media inquiries

Do you use social media to market your piano studio? How do you answer people whose first or second question is, "What lesson times are available?" I feel like we have so much more to establish before I'm ready to book them a time. This is on messaging, rather than on the phone. How is your response similar to and/or different from the way you respond on the phone? I just…

Toddler sibling at lessons

A mom asked me if I would teach her son and daughter on Saturday instead of our weekday time because she does not have childcare for her 4-year-old, and he is somewhat disruptive during lessons. I do not want to teach on Saturday. I know it's not my job to solve her problem, but I was just wondering if anyone else has found a win-win in a similar situation. Possibly a creative way to keep the…

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…

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