Music studio teacher is back from our summer vacation and ready to gear up for a new school year of private lesson teaching. Here are three things to consider when planning for the start of school:
Make sure to create your schedule and send proposed times out to all students with plenty of advanced notice. You need to allow enough time so that students could get back to you with potential conflicts, and alternate times could be provided, before school starts. Once the first day of school comes, if your schedule is not set you could be losing money.
The fall for my studio means students are working on their all region audition. Whatever the equivalent is in your studio, it is possible that your students may forget to bring the prescribed music to lessons, especially in the first lesson of the year. For this reason I scan all these excerpts and put them on my iPad, so that lessons can continue smoothly even if a student forgets his music.
The beginning of the year is a good time to revise your studio policy and send it out to all students as a friendly reminder about payment, etc. Also, you should take proactive steps to seek out and complete all paperwork required for background checks or school badges needed for the start of the school year.