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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…

Late Fees

Do you have written in your policies, fees that are late incur extra charges? If so, how much extra do you charge? $20 late fee, no exceptions. My invoice says no places held without payment. I charge $25 if an invoice is more than 5 days overdue. Invoices come out a few days before the end of the month and payment…

Student Absences

I'd love to get feedback on how you handle absences from students who are ill. I offer make-up lessons or even extended lessons to "make up" the time. Also, what about adults or youth who are so involved in other activities that they aren't always able to commit to a lesson/week? Does anyone have a minimum monthly requirement? Just wondered... If students are ill they miss that week, I don't do…

Anxiety over cost of SHMs

I find myself personally going through "sticker shock" with the cost of Student Home Materials and it's making me feel scared to tell families what they are required to purchase without apologizing for the cost. It's also making me hesitant to include any of the supplemental programs which I purchased myself and want to include, but feel hesitant to ask families to purchase. I'm wondering if any other teachers experienced this and how they overcame it?…

Discussing tuition at initial phone call

I am just going to start to get the word out about teaching Simply Music, and then I will have an introductory session. My question is, what if people call and want to know how much it costs? Do you tell them the cost, or tell them to come to the first session and find out more about the program? Different SM teachers have different takes on this question. I do…

Parents requesting discounted lessons

I started to work with a student who has cerebral palsy. Tova is an amazing person and student but does have a lot of challenges, as well as in the class. Because of her many issues, the 30-minute lesson can easily extend longer than that but we are learning to finish in the half hour. When the family first started, I offered them a discount for one term, as for me music is important and I…

Royalties question

When we pay our Royalties, what is the purpose of the question "Were there exceptions?". I think I always say yes, because at the very least there's a holiday or vacation each month. Is this what's intended? The Royalties model we use is based on the assumption that teachers typically deliver 4 lessons per month on average. Checking 'yes' to exceptions lets the office know that you are reporting correctly, but…

Charging a deposit for next term

I charge by term and the ongoing students pay on the last day of the term for the following term. However, I don't usually charge at the end of the year. I wait until the beginning of the new school year in late January. I am thinking of charging a non-refundable deposit of $50 by the last day of this year's term. If they do come back, that $50 goes towards their first term fees. If…

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…

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