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About Scam Emails

About the email Scam that keeps popping up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9iD4jWcA6o I get these occasionally. The first time, I ended up calling my local police. They explained that there are versions of this scam that target all kinds of service providers. They want to lure you into…

Charging Fees per Level

I will be teaching group lessons through the local Parks and Recreation Department. Since I have to have “sections” I have arranged them by levels running 10 weeks. The students also pay a lump sum for the 10 week session. To figure out the price…

Hardly Making Money—Thinking About Quitting

I have been teaching since October 2009 and I enjoyed teaching at first, but lately I’ve been getting very frustrated with Simply Music. Around here(Central IL) I can hardly get students, let alone get them to pay enough to make me a profit. I’m being…

Managing Materials in Multiple Studios

I also work in 3 different locations and found myself searching for the right materials. Sometimes I would leave one book at home or misplace one. (I always carry a copy of SHM notes and music books wherever I teach.) So, I have come up…

Tuition and Material Costs

I’m a new teacher since September and have been charging my families monthly for their tuition and then invoicing separately for materials costs as they arise. As I look ahead to next year I’ve been wondering if there are other ways of doing this so…

Spreading Materials Cost

I’d seen someone talk about handling materials expenses by just upping the monthly fee to include a contribution toward materials, avoiding lots of separate administrative stuff with separate orders and such. I realized that I like this idea a lot, and I’ve run it by…

Release for Online Lessons

I’m changing my enrolment forms to an online version and I’m stuck on how to word the media release section. In the past, the majority of my students declined the usage of photos/videos of students online for marketing purposes. I’m guessing that in other studios,…

Student Images on Social Media

When I enroll students, I ask them to fill out a photo/video release form that provides permission to share images of students playing piano and only first names. However, the majority of my students choose “No” to using them on websites or social media. Do…