This past week I’ve taught my first piano lesson in my new town, receiving quite an exciting review. And I quote,
If the giggling after the lesson and practicing at 8pm without being asked are any indication of teaching style….. I recommend Melanie and Eccles Piano Studio.
Besides working on to improve upon my studio policies and creating an application system, my mind has been on some brilliant brainstorms for enhancing my piano studio. I’ve developed a Student Profile form which includes fun facts like favorite music, cookies, snacks, and school subject, and more serious things like food allergies and emergency contact information. (I mean, I wouldn’t want to bake a bunch of peanut butter cookies and find out the hard way that a student is crazy allergic!)
I also came up with a Student History form which gives me a way to track when they started lessons and what books they are working on when. It’s incredibly important to keep track of individual progress and what materials they’ve studied.
PLUS, I put together an entertainment basket for those while-you-are-waiting moments. Filled with coloring books, crayons, Nate the Great books, Where’s Waldo books, after school activity books, and more! For younger siblings or early students waiting patiently, I think this is a great resource to have on hand. Heck, I might color myself a picture and find Waldo one of these days. :)
I created a great portable filing system (you all know how much I love filing. and systems.)–complete with file folders for individual student records, folders with copies of policies or student histories or applications, and a full copy of the weekly lesson schedule.
And finally, I designed this totally sweet logo for the newly-created piano studio Facebook group. I think I’m well on my way to establishing a successful piano studio in our new town. I’m praying for the right students at the right time, and I appreciate any word-of-mouth recommendations you may share.