Thank you for attending the Magic Valley Music Teachers Association’s meeting featuring “The Best Stress-free Business Practices for Your Studio!” I hope you found the recorded workshop to be helpful as well as the live Q&A.

Below, you will find links to articles and resources that further discuss many of the points in the workshop. By signing up for this follow-up, I will also make sure that you get our Monday Morning Business tips emails as well as our regular Tuesday newsletters. These emails should be helpful in making good business decisions for your studio and in showing you very useful music resources, teaching materials, and Music Kids Love.

Tuition

Editable Tuition Brochure

More on Sample Tuition Plans

Dealing with Students Staring Mid-year

Yearly Price Increases

CPI Index Calculator from U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Yearly Price Increases Article

Wording for your policy:

“Families should expect a yearly increase in tuition appropriate to cost of living increases, expenses, and services offered.”

Can You Raise Your Rates Too High? (Most teachers are not in a position to even be asking this questions, so this is for the future when you more at market value)

Flex Weeks

How to Institute Flex Weeks

More on Taking Unscheduled Time Off (this includes examples of how to do this if you use the school year + summer plan or the semester + summer plan)

Here’s wording for when you use your flex weeks:

“I will be taking this week off as one of my vacation weeks. You will not be paying for this week since I will still schedule myself to teach 40 weeks in the year as stated in my policy. Tuition will be the same for this month.”

Makeup Lessons

Top 5 Reasons You SHOULD Give Makeup Lessons (in case you want to chuckle again)

To Give or Not To Give Makeup Lessons (lists a number of options and the pros and cons of each)

How to Move to a No Makeup Lesson Policy

The Secret to Saying No and Enforcing a No Makeup Lesson Policy

Makeup Lesson Boundaries: Are You Enabling Bad Behavior?

Longer Lessons

How to Move Students to Longer Lessons

Here are suggested wordings about lesson lengths for your policy:

“As a student advances, they will need to move to 45 minute lessons.”

“Thirty minute lessons are only available for students in year 1 of piano. Students in year 2 or beyond will be enrolled in forty-five minute lessons.”

“Students may enroll in 45 or 60 minute lessons. Thirty minute lessons are only offered to beginning students and at the teacher’s discretion.”

Swap Lists

Dueling Students at My Door – Time for Swap List Rules – Here’s that articles I talked about in the Q&A

Communicating Value

Get Your Free Studio Newsletter Sample and Template!

Editable Tuition Brochure

How to Become an Indispensable Piano Teacher

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Don’t forget to visit the ComposeCreate Piano Teaching Business page where you can see all articles related to the business of piano teaching.

Some Favorite Blogs I Referenced

Leila Viss
Diane Hidy
Elissa Milne