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Piano Hygiene

Thought it might be worth sharing this advice about hygiene around the piano, from the Piano Technician's Guild (via Bernie's Music Land, who by the way, deserve support from any of our Victorian SM teachers) COVID-19 and Piano Care - https://www.ptg.org/covid-19 Orignial discussion started March 19, 2020

Two Pianos/Keyboards

Does anybody use 2 pianos/keyboards in their studio? I just landed a great deal on a 1983 hardly used Yamaha (made in Japan for the Canadian market so my piano tuner tells me it is is excellent!) so I currently have 2 Yamaha pianos in my very small studio. I want to hang onto my older one so I can reclaim it when one of my kids moves out and wants their own, so considering whether…

Lending Library

Does anyone offer their students a "lending library" to allow them to check out and borrow pieces of your music? What are your policies? Are there any problems with copyright in doing this? No copies are being made, there is no copyright infringement. Other things like recordings have other kinds of rights that could possibly be infringed beyond the question of making copies, but I don't think there are any…

Cleaning Piano

Anyone taking measures to clean your piano keys more now with the Covid virus afoot? What do you use? Don't wanna damage my keys We are using the Norwex Enviro Cloth in our studio. Does it kill germs? yes better than Clorox wipes. The real…

No Closure with Discontinuation

Although we are super pleased we have such high retention rates due to lots of long term conversations, recently we are finding (within the last year or so) that people are tactfully avoiding 1. Talking to us about issues or things they are confused about or questions they may have so that we can have a conversation with them 2. Any talk or thoughts of cancellation until a written notice has already been turned in 3.…

Charge Parent Who Wants to Learn

I had an inquiry from a lady today, she and her daughter both want to learn. I was wondering since I require parents to attend lessons anyway, should I charge only one private fee? Two shared lesson fees? I have a pair like that. I just teach and charge for the daughter since the dad has to be there anyway and spend a much larger amount with her and have the…

Emergency Cancellation

I am sad to say that my mother-in-law is very ill and may pass any day. I sent an email to my students and parents giving them a head's up. So if/when I have to cancel lessons, they will be ready. Also I did it because it saves talking about it during lesson time. This is when it is hard to be self-employed, as taking time off now, especially after the holidays, is very hard on…

Emergency Information

Teachers, do you have a system for emergencies? For example, I was thinking of having an "emergency card" in my studio with contact info for a trusted neighbor and my husband in case something happens to me during a lesson. Then I wondered if I should have emergency contact info for my students' parents? I have a contact sheet printed at home and in studio to direct a family member to…

SHM After Discontinuing Lessons

I have a question about the SHM. I talked to my boss at the studio the other day and she was concerned about students possibly discontinuing lessons with me and then proceeding to use the videos and purchasing additional levels to learn the songs. She wanted to know if that is protected against and could this happen? I assured her there are some things that a student can only get in a lesson and the videos…

Payment & Money Transfers

Has anyone used Zelle for payment/money transfers? I’ve heard it’s free, easy, and the transactions are made by phone number verification so parents don’t have to enter a lot of personal information to use it. Many of my families use this to do transfers for tuition payments. Super easy and free, but they must have a bank that offers the service. Another option for those that don’t have a bank…

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