Parent Communication

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 [...]

Should I Raise My Teaching Rates This Year?

How Often Should I Raise Teaching Rates? It’s that time of year when we all start updating our policies! I hope that you’ve had a chance to read about “How to Move to a No Makeups Policy.” You will be so glad you did! So maybe you've already determined [...]

Do Parents Think Group Lessons are a Vacation for You?

Sometimes when we schedule group lessons for our students (and cancel that week of private lessons), parents might be tempted to think that it is a little "vacation" for us since it seems like it takes less time. But if you teach group lessons, you know that this isn't true. Yes, [...]

How Has Word of Mouth Marketing Changed for the Piano Teacher?

I'm so excited to bring you a new series of articles by a wonderful teacher and blogger I had the privilege of meeting at NCKP 2013. Kevin Kao impressed with me his brief and friendly introduction of himself. Through chatting, I found that he writes a blog for piano teachers [...]

Why Market When I Don’t Need New Students?

Piano Student Marketing In the Stress-free Business Practices for your Studio workshops, I talk about how important it is to continue marketing to our current families. This has become especially evident to me as I am now that I am a mother of three. I along with most mothers and [...]

A Policy Tip from Day Care – $5 a Day!

In the last Dollars and Sense post, I mentioned the long list of things I learned from my child's Kids Day Out provider. If you are interested in how others handle things like snow days and such things, then you'll definitely be interested in reading: And You Thought MY Makeup [...]