Showing articles 1-10 of 47

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…

Two Lessons Per Week

One of my new private adult students (she is practicing diligently, LOVES SM, her playlist so far is very strong) wants to switch from having one (half-hour) lesson per week to two (half-hour) lessons weekly (several days apart) because she is eager to make even faster progress though she is very happy with what she already has gained. I love her enthusiasm but am a bit concerned it could be information overload if we do 2…

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…

Scheduling student who observes Ramadan

I'm about to acquire a young Muslim man who delayed beginning because of driving 40 minutes to my studio on low calories during Ramadan. That's fine with me. I'm just thinking when Ramadan comes around next year the issue will rise again. He’s a pharmacist and wanted his lesson after work - the hungry times I guess. I'm wondering how other teachers schedule for Ramadan? Is he in a shared lesson? I…

Short notice lesson cancellation by student

I had a parent ask for a reschedule after only giving me 11 hours of advance notice that they will miss the lesson. How do I handle this professionally without causing parents to decide to quit? It's already in my studio policies that they should provide 24 hours of notice to get a make up credit. This mom has been having health issues and let me know last week that she would have surgery "sometime in…

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…

Adding new students to group

I have a fairly new student who has completed the Foundation session, the Basics, and Dreams Come True. His friend wants to join him in learning piano, and the mom called me today to say, "May we join the lesson today?". I also have a new student who came to an FIS who will join this group. So now I have a group of three, ages 7, 7, and 9, for this afternoon. They have very…

Transitioning siblings from private to shared lessons

For those of you who have transitioned from private to group lessons: I have several families with multiple children enrolled. I figure this is pretty typical. In private lessons I was able to arrange their lessons consecutively quite easily. But as I make the transition to groups, the age differences of sibling makes it more difficult to guarantee consecutive lessons for families. As such I can understand why some of my families are hesitant to make…

Biweekly (fortnightly) lessons

I would love some advice. I have had conversations with a mother of two girls that I teach. The eldest girl has just started Foundation 5, half way through the reading program and is in an accelerated music program at school. The youngest has just started Foundation 4. Both have a very strong playlist and practice consistently. The family has just purchased their first home, and are going to be on a strict budget. She wants…

Responding to social media inquiries

Do you use social media to market your piano studio? How do you answer people whose first or second question is, "What lesson times are available?" I feel like we have so much more to establish before I'm ready to book them a time. This is on messaging, rather than on the phone. How is your response similar to and/or different from the way you respond on the phone? I just…

Showing articles 1-10 of 47