Returning Student Registration and Fall Scheduling Made Easier with MTH!
Many music studio schedules follow the local school schedules. The end of the year fast approaches with extra work often necessary for recitals and registration for the next fall.
One may use MTH website to eliminate the hassle of tracking changes to fall schedules.
In contrast to music teachers who request registration during the late summer months; at my studio registration is due in April. This accomplishes several goals: I am able to determine how many lesson slots I have available and advertize accordingly, I do not have to work with customers during the busy summer months when they are often traveling, and it may be a lot more difficult to tell an instructor you are not returning when you have lessons for another month (perhaps a good marketing strategy). This also allows time to discuss reasons for discontinuing lessons and possibly the opportunity to suggest changes to keep a student playing.
Use MTH to make yearly registration and scheduling much easier!
Every year when I set up the yearly schedule I include an extra week of lessons on the web calendar. Example: Lessons end May 19th but my web calendar shows lessons running through May 26th. I let customers know that lessons will not actually be held on these days but are only there for administrative purposes. It is easy to add a fake event for all students stating there are no lessons during this week and that the extra lesson showing on the calendar is only for fall scheduling purposes. When a parent/student logs onto the website they will see this note on the calendar (See picture 1). Read more…
Posted in Studio Management, Uncategorized, Using Music Teacher's Helper
Dear Piano Student,
There are mornings when the alarm goes off at 5:45 that I wonder what on earth I’m doing with my life. Why would any person think it wise to open her house at 6:30 to a tousle-headed second grader wearing pajama pants and a yawn? What unsuspecting college student, spending four hours a day in a practice room learning to play gossamer threads of Ravel, imagines that one day she’ll say, “Let’s check that half note! Remember, half notes get how many counts?” over and over and then over yet again? What budding teacher plans on teaching one (or three) of those students who start each lesson with “It was a really busy week. My mom said I couldn’t practice last night and I had a baseball game the night before and I was busy on the weekend so I don’t really have anything to play for you today”?
When I took that first student for $5 a lesson more than twenty years ago, I couldn’t imagine the events I’d experience. There was the boy who spread out facedown on the floor of the piano lab, refusing to enter the studio for his lesson. Read more…
Posted in Professional Development, Teaching Tips, Uncategorized
In my last blog, I talked about returning to studying opera.
In this post, I will recount to you the tale of my last coaching session, which I will endearingly refer to as, “Hot Mess.”
A sampling of some of the suggestions coming from my brain during the session include, “This is too hard for you,” “You will never make it through this aria,” “You should just give up and stay in musical theatre where you actually know what you are doing.”
A sampling of some of the things coming out of my coach’s mouth during the session, all in the spirit of tough love of course: “Legato!” “Did you practice? What exactly DID you practice?” “You’re not breathing!” and “Exactly which end of the elephant did that sound come out of?” Yep…hot mess.
The experience was less than fun.
And I learned more from it than I have learned from a lot of more successful experiences lately. Why is that always the way?
Posted in Performing, Practicing, Professional Development, Teaching Tips, Uncategorized
Have a conversation…
Every year it’s a good idea to check in with your students to make sure that you’re both on the same page. Many teachers do this via written survey. I prefer to take lesson time to discuss with my students how they feel the past year has gone. Because it’s one-on-one, I start with basic questions and then elaborate according to the student. My basic questions are as follows: Read more…
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