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Telephone Conversation

I just started teaching this March, and I admit I heavily rely on ECL to learn and grow. It is such an amazing community! As I’m growing my studio, I’m having some situation, and I look forward to hearing from you to share your advice…

Scheduling

I’m starting my third year, and my studio just grew from 20 to 27. At the smaller size I had smaller classes, designed not only around age and ability but also around each family’s schedule. My scheduling process has been to ask each family what…

Requiring Recurring Payment for Tuition and Materials‏

I am considering implementing credit/debit card payments for all my students’ monthly tuition and materials fees and have a few questions for those who are already doing this. I only have a few students right now and have had no problems with payment by check…

Piano Brand Recommendations

I’m passing on a question from a student that I was unable to answer. They would like to purchase a baby grand and wanted to know which of these brands were the best: Wheinbach, Yamaha or Kohler and Campbell. Any preferences? I’ve heard that the…

Studio Location and Website

Hello dear ones, sharing some marketing info here. I just started a high school student who found me online and picked me because I live close to her school. That was a revelation to me, that living near a school was a benefit. I also…

Missed Lessons

I have a family of 2 boys that are giving me problems with missed lessons. In the early spring of this past year the mom didn’t want to pay for missed lessons while they went on vacation so had them quit for the summer rather…

Healthy Studio in Cold and Flu Season

I am thinking of having masks available in my studio as this year I had 3 bouts of cold etc. caught from students coughing directly at me. Do you think a mask would frighten them? I would only wear it if someone was coughing and…

Employing Teachers

I’m keen to hear how the employing situation works. I live near two major regional centers (Newcastle and the Central Coast) and I don’t believe there are any SM teachers in either area at this point in time. So I’ve been wondering about the possibility…

All Inclusive Tuition

Alex (Thai), Stephanie, and I opened our combined commercial studio in March. So far, so good! We’re still working together and Thai doesn’t have too many white hairs yet. We recently started a discussion about switching to an “all inclusive” tuition package, where we would…

Advice Needed Regarding Late Fees

I offered a reduced Summer schedule which many of my lessons took advantage of, paying for one month of lessons but spreading them over July and August. Payment was due at the end of June as usual. One parent in one reduced schedule group hadn’t…