Updates in November 2011

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BugFix: Email reminders were sent by the old studio email address even when it was recently changed. This is now fixed. BugFix: On the Register for this Event, when the event has registration fee, the student’s checkbox was missing. This is now fixed. BugFix: On the Birthday Report page a heading “Birthdays between Nov 1,… Read more »

Preparing for Holiday Break

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The holidays are my favorite time of year, especially in the studio. I love working on festive pieces with my students and recording holiday songs for them to give as gifts. And of course, the break is refreshing not only for students, but for me as a teacher. However, as a business owner, the holidays… Read more »

Collaborating with Parents

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Communicating with parents can be scary and intimidating. After all, they are our bread and butter and we certainly want to keep them happy. However, they deserve to know exactly how their children are proceeding at all times in their musical studies. There are many ways to handle sharing your evaluation of a student with… Read more »

When to Hire Someone to Help

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I am not a lawyer, or an experienced business person – and I have absolutely no idea how to handle payroll, but I am a teacher who has been filling the role of teacher, bookkeeper, human relations, events coordinator, etc – so what I will address today is related only to the fact that I… Read more »

Taking Risks

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This past spring, I decided to take a bit of a risk with my studio. I’ve taught private piano lessons for about nine years.  Since having a child two-and-a-half years ago, I’ve kept my studio relatively small.  I only accept twelve private lesson students, since I like to be a mostly stay-at-home mom.  In March,… Read more »

Building a Business Plan – Part 2

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This month I will feature the newly formed Piano Teacher School founded by Kathleen Theisen and Kristin Yost. Kathleen Theisen is an assistant professor at Western State Connecticut University and Kristin Yost is the founder and director of The Centre for Musical Minds in Frisco, Texas. Both of these enthusiastic teachers are not only very successful in their music careers but are also thriving entrepeneurs.

Building a Business Plan – Part 1

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Every Successful Business Has a Business Plan. That being said, I have to admit that when I began my home piano studio, I did not write out a formal business plan or even a startup plan! I did, however, create professional documents such as a studio policy, studio brochure, business cards, tuition statements, and many… Read more »

Gearing up for Fall

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For teachers and students, September has always been the true beginning of the year. What do you do to gear up for fall?