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 [...]

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 [...]

HELP! Give Me One Technique for Dealing with Difficult Piano Parents

Along with you, I've had my share over the years of dealing with highly emotional parents, tiger moms, complaints, unkind emails, and irrational requests. It happens to any teacher, I'm sure. But even empathy from others is not wonderfully helpful when it happens. HELP! Give Me One Technique for Dealing with Difficult Piano Parents [...]

Get Your Free Studio Newsletter Sample and Template!

Get your free studio newsletter template as well as a list of benefits for why you should create a studio newsletter to implement new policies and news.

What’s Your Agreement to Terms Good For? Court?

What's Your Piano Lesson Agreement to Terms Good for? In the last Dollars and Sense post, I told you about the elements that are essential to a good piano lesson Agreement to Terms. And in our upcoming "Stress-free Business Practices" webinar, we'll talk about all the policies that will help you [...]

This Email Could Be the Difference Between a Full Studio and Losing Piano Students

We must continue to market piano lessons even to existing families because parents are always re-evaluating the value of a recurring expense like piano lessons. Send them this email to help!

A Secret Weapon for Dealing with Your Anger (due to Angry Parents)

The other day I was angry. Very angry. I felt like I was being taken advantage of, I felt like I wasn't appreciated, I felt like I was being slapped in the face, and the list goes on and on. The details don't really matter in this blog post, though I'm sure [...]

Is Your Agreement to Terms Missing Key Ingredients?

A number of the fantastic teachers that have attended the "Best Stress-free Business Practices" workshops have told me that you'd love to see what my Agreement to Terms looks like. And in the last post on Swap List Rules, I mentioned that I include an option for parents to opt into the [...]

A Guide to Moving Students to Longer Lessons

I think one of the most stressful things in teaching piano is trying to "fit it all in." It's really quite difficult no matter how much time you have with a students because there are so many things to do! But, it's particularly difficult if you only have 30 minutes [...]