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7 Rules for Texting and Emailing Piano Parents – You may not be saying what you think you are saying!

7 Rules for Texting and Emailing Piano Parents - What you might not know can kill your message! Texting and emailing piano parents is dangerous work! Though I've learned a lot about emailing piano parents from my husband whose job relies heavily on email, I've also learned a lot the hard [...]

The Secret to Saying No and Enforcing a No Make Up Lessons Policy

How to Say "No" and Enforce a No Make Up Lessons Policy Now that you know how to move to a no make-up lessons policy, it's time to learn how to implement your policy! I hesitate to use the word "enforce" because the word has a rigid ring to it. And [...]

I’m Not Trying to Scare You – But don’t forget this in your policy!

What you may have forgotten in your piano policy... A few weeks ago, a teaching friend emailed me with a very scary story. She and I both think you might want to read this. It's a good reminder to make sure you include a place to update emergency contact information every year [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Dollars and Sense, Piano Teaching, Studio Policy|8 Comments

New Piano Student Interviews – How to seal the deal

New Piano Student Interviews - How to Seal the Deal With Cups First impressions can often seal the deal or turn it sour. This is especially true when you conduct new piano student interviews! When I was in San Antonio for the MTNA conference, I met Christina Whitlock who excitedly told [...]

Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Music School

Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Music School This wonderful insight on the top 10 things to know about starting a music school is from the esteemed Kristin Yost, owner of the Centre for Music Minds and the author of How I made $100,000 My [...]

What You Need to Know About a Piano Lesson Photo Release (&Video)

What You Need to Know About a Piano Lesson Photo Release If you take pictures or videos in your studio and plan to include them in publications or on the internet, it is imperative that you inform parent of this and get their consent in a piano lesson photo release. [...]

What My Obstetrician Taught Me About Repeating Myself About Piano Policies

Repeating Myself About Piano Policies - What My OB Taught Me "I'm so tired of repeating myself about piano policies. Why can't my families just get my make up policy (or tuition structure or late fee)?" This is a common complaint among piano teachers and I completely empathize. I get [...]

3 Reasons NOT to Cancel Lessons for Snow Days

3 Reasons NOT to Cancel Lessons for Snow Days Do you really need to cancel lessons for snow days? There are 2 short answers to this question: Yes! - if you want to play in the snow yourself. No! - if you don't. Here are 3 reasons not to cancel lessons for [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Dollars and Sense, Piano Teaching, Studio Policy|10 Comments

Are Gift Certificates for Piano Lessons a Good Idea?

Teachers frequently ask if offering gift certificates for piano lessons is wise. Here's all you need to know to market piano lessons with gift certificates AND get FREE gift certificates to edit or print for your own use in your own studio!

Piano Teaching Workshop SALE – Thanksgiving Black Friday Week!

Never before have we offered the super popular business piano teaching workshops at such a low price...but we are doing so Thanks giving week. They are both on sale, but if you buy the bundle, they're half price! Offer ends on Black Friday at 6:oo p.m. CST! Watch the videos below to [...]