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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…
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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…

Whether or not to have a studio Facebook page

I just had my annual piano party yesterday and I was thinking it would be nice to invite parents to post photos and videos of their kids. Do any of you have both personal and business Facebook pages? Or, for that matter, only a business page? I only have a personal page and I'm wondering how to proceed. I have a business page and a personal page, and I don't accept…

Writing an exit email to departing students

Who has wording for an exit email? They're choosing other activities over piano and I'm fine with the, so I just want to say a nice goodbye. Just putting the question out there actually helped me write it. I kept it simple. This is what I said: "I respect your decision to choose your other activities over piano. No one can do it all! I have enjoyed working with you and your girls and will miss…

Disclosing disability to students

A question for those teachers with a disability: do you disclose your disability on your website or at your FIS? I have fibromyalgia. Sometimes I forget words for things (memory fog), drop things, or fall into the piano (weak muscles). It doesn't affect my ability to teach or play the piano. I have told my current students and they are fine with it. Just wondering the best way to tell new or prospective students? [answer…

Webinar Series: 10/24/2017 – Piano – Developing Strong Communication Skills

Neil discusses some the components of powerful communication in this webinar. Learn how you can ensure that your studio requirements are clearly understood and met by your students and coaches, thus maximizing your success as a teacher and your students’ success with their lessons. Topics include: What is Communication? (00:00) How to Communicate Powerfully/Critical Foundation (07:11) Impact of Liking/Not Liking Students (10:54) Alignment & Clarity with Requirements (15:50) When Requirements Are Not Met (26:07) Sample Conversation With Students Not Adhering…

Webinar Series: 07/27/2017 – Piano – Claiming Territory

In this webinar Neil talks about one of the three critical foundational conversations - Claiming Territory, and answers some common questions from teachers about establishing and regaining territory in lessons. Topics include: Where Most Studio Issues Originate (00:08) Understanding ‘Claiming Territory’ & Boundaries (05:22) Allowing Problems to Persist (12:37) Recognizing When Students Claim Territory (18:27) Addressing Territory Issues (29:12) Students Wanting to Expand Relationship with You (33:09) Consequences, Expectations & Promises (35:51) Studio Parents Who are Close Friends (39:14) Reclaiming…

Webinar Series: 06/20/017 – Piano – Presenting Introductory Sessions

In this webinar you will learn how the Introductory Sessions came about, how to get people to attend them, and tips for presenting successful FISs. Topics include: Genesis of Introductory Sessions (00:08) Format of Introductory Sessions (06:07) Discussing Parent Roles & Requirements at FIS (10:13) FIS Transcript & Making it Your Own (20:43) Answering Curriculum Questions in the FIS (24:00) Reviewing Training Materials (29:04) Scheduling Lesson Times (30:54) Getting Potential Students to FIS’s & Marketing (33:53) Click through the video…

Discussing studio requirements with new students

Before I create my own, does anyone have a checklist of all the studio requirements that they inform the parents, either before they start lessons or at a FIS? Here is what I say during my FIS. At the end, I let them know that a parent is required to attend and participate in the lessons. I want them to see the value of what is being taught; and just like…

Bullying Parent

This past week I had a horrid encounter. A parent, during class, was very rude, arrogant, and aggressive in his manner towards me and and SM program. He is usually in a group with other parents/kids, but this week he and his child were on their own – so he let loose! I think I am dealing with the actual things he said – and even why he said them. I have reported him to the…

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