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Practice on Vacation

A student is on a 6-week road trip. His mom just texted, “My piano player has been missing his piano. It is his coping mechanism when the world gets overwhelming. I didn’t realize how much piano helps him. Do you know of general places–besides music…

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…

Fee Increases – when & how much?

Hello everyone, I am curious to hear how various teachers decide on when and how much to increase their fees. I seem to remember Robin Keehn mentioning a particular percentage she uses when raising her rates. In the U.S. the rate of inflation is currently…

Building vacation time into tuition

I have not been giving myself set time off each year, but now am considering 2-3 weeks. Any advice/thoughts? Are you talking about ‘paid’ time off? I’ve considered having at least a week paid vacation but never have done it. Yes, I know teachers who…

Handling spring break absences

Spring Break question: almost all school districts in my area have spring break on the same days every year, and at least half of my students are gone the entire week. In the past, I have just used this as one of my vacation weeks,…

Vacation and Sick Day Policies

I am new to Simply Music, and I’m just getting my policies and fees in order for my studio. What suggestions do you have in regards to scheduling any vacation or sick days? One week in December and one week in June or what happens…

Summer Scheduling Strategies

Dear Friends, This is going to be my first summer teaching SM. I would like to see if any of you could share with us your strategies on handling summer scheduling. It would be very big help to those of us who are still puzzling what…

Studio Policies and Student’s Vacation

Here is what’s in my policy regarding students’ vacations: There are two options available for your own vacation absences: 1-Paying tuition to reserve your regular time slot. 2-Discontinuing classes temporarily and re-enrolling with the appropriate level and available time slot. I would let them know…

Teacher Taking Long Vacation

I have a fantastic opportunity to travel in Europe this summer– but it means closing my studio for eight weeks. I am concerned that students will really get rusty. Of course this is common during summer break– but I’ve never taken off this many weeks…

Fees and Vacations

I have a question that I hope I can express clearly in writing. It’s a bit confusing. This year I changed my studio policies to include paid vacation time. Before I charged $130 a month which covered 52 lessons a year, unless I didn’t teach…