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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…

Parent Requests Tax ID

I have a parent of a student doing their taxes, and they asked me if I have a tax number. I don't think so? Then they asked if Simply Music has a tax number. Why do you need a tax number for piano lessons? Maybe under education? The only reason I can think of that they'd need it is if they wanted to send you a 1099 in order to claim…

Studio Setup

My husband said, "What do you want in this room for your piano studio?" Where do I start? In this day and age, also lots of electrical outlets. And a whiteboard - easel style or one that can be mounted onto a wall (or even a section of wall painted with whiteboard paint). I would start with your piano and work your way out from that.…

Requirement Success

Sharing a requirement-based success story. I had a family recently whose two children never practiced consistently since they started. I told parents and children consistently the past week before spring break and week following that it wasn't a problem, but that it wasn't going to work for me. The dad talked over me repeatedly, told me he "didn't have time to be a babysitter," and lied about the amount of practice time that had been happening.…

Sharing Materials

How would you handle this situation: neighbor (parent 2) of a current student (parent 1) was interested in SM; current student parent 1 shares account info just to give the parent 2 neighbor an idea of what the digital materials are like etc. parent 2 enrols son with me, now my student. Both parent 1 and myself have clarified that student accounts are not for sharing materials, and the intent is for each student to have…

Studio Name

Has anyone had issues with choosing a studio name? I just did a Google search for my chosen name, and there's nothing by that name coming up. Someone has a studio several hours drive away with that name, and there's also at least one in the US. Is a Google search all most of you do to prevent someone challenging your studio name? Google doesn't give you all you need for…

Video Student Advice

You know how you talk yourself blue in the face sometimes to your students about basic best practices and it seems to go in one ear and out the other? Well, I decided to let the STUDENTS speak - video tape them - and share it with my studio. Lo and behold, it worked! Folks are referencing these videos in ways they never did before when I was just TELLING them to do it. It's…

Internal Motivation

Has anyone heard of school teachers saying children should use their own 'internal motivation' rather than pushing them to do something? We were discussing reward for completing tasks. Poor Mum is confused, I am telling her she needs to guide her children, manage their activities and their long term relationships. The school teacher is telling Mum to let her children explore multiple activities, quit if they don't like it and try something else. [answer author="Gabrielle K.,…

Income Tax

Has anyone discovered any way to (legally!) pay less taxes on piano teaching income? Deduct everything you possibly can. Keep your income in a tax bracket you're more happy to live with. Have a company put you on payroll. Though that last really doesn't work much, because the company still needs to pay that extra tax to have you on payroll, so whether it's self-employment, or employment, or you…

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