Avoiding Studio Scheduling Anxiety

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Ready. Set. Go! It’s that time of year. For me, there is only one more week until lessons resume. If you haven’t done so already, you, like me, are probably in the middle of scheduling all of your lesson times for the fall. I dread this time of year. Even though I take the month… Read more »

Summertime Advertising

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You’ve finished your last lessons of the school year, thrown together a final recital and are ready to take a breather from all things studio-related. Rest and rejuvenation are important for studio owners, but don’t put your studio work on the shelf for too long — summer is a great time for advertisement and provides… Read more »

The Power of Your Event Schedule

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When potential and current customers visit your studio website, they should be able to tell that you are an active studio with plenty of events designed to motivate and inspire. When students are working towards events, they are motivated to practice, listen and focus, making for a group that progresses well and is easier to… Read more »

Interviewing Prospective Students – Part 2

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Interviewing the Transfer Student The interview process for the transfer student provides a window of opportunity. First, to see if your studio is the right fit. Second, to assess skills and knowledge, and third, a great way to start planning curriculum if it turns out to be a good fit! I have developed a form… Read more »

Building a community through ensemble playing

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I am a huge believer in the power of community. How do you foster a sense of community in your studio? For me it is about providing opportunities for students to learn with each other and from each other. For parents to meet each other and have conversations that go beyond “hi, how are you”…. Read more »

Top Ten Tips for Time Management

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Previously, I wrote about how to use time effectively while teaching a lesson in Self-Help Pedagogy: Part 2. In this month’s blog, I will address the topic of how to make the best use of our most precious commodity as studio business owners – Time. Time is very valuable; once it is used, it is… Read more »

Summer Studio Ideas

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What do you do in your studio for summer? Do you teach? Do you take the summer off? How do you support yourself during the lean summer months? Perhaps a summer camp is an option to fill the void. If so, now is the time to start thinking about summer. In the past, I have… Read more »

Maintaining Income During the Summer

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I own and operate a small piano studio out of my home, and the summertime is always a bit of a financial struggle for me. When I took piano lessons growing up, we always continued our lessons during the summer.  They were a bit more sporadic, since my teacher usually took a vacation and my… Read more »

Set it, forget it! Missed lesson policy and your studio

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It’s a fact: Consistency in your studio makes a big difference for clear parent communication. Prior blog entries have already touched on benefits of having a “studio handbook” addressing responsibilities and procedures. One area can that can cause friction unless it’s clearly spelled out is the policy regarding missed lessons or classes. There is no… Read more »