Keep Them Practicing During Christmas (And motivate them to come back in January)

OK, here's the truth. Your students don't want to practice during Christmas time. Your parents don't want to make their children practice during Christmas time. So, what is a piano teacher to do? If you're like me, the temptation is to just chalk it all up to the season and go with the flow. You can do that. Yes, you can. Or, you can take another tact. Make it fun. Make it rewarding. Make it something they want to do. (Cue lightbulb "ding" as it goes off above my head). Provide a practice incentive of some kind. I know, I know, practice incentives are kind of like bribing your students to practice. But, what other time of the year will they need MORE bribing, I mean incentive, to pract

Don't Stop Talking (to your clients)

Three quick questions for you: 1. Do your piano students know your piano teaching schedule through the end of the year? 2. Do your piano students know what is coming up in the next week in your lessons? 3. Do your piano students know what happened last week in lessons? If you answered "yes" to all three questions, stop reading. You are a Piano Teacher Superstar. If you answered "no" to any of the questions (hopefully not all?), then keep on reading my friend. I have some tips for you. Your clients need to hear from you. Frequently. Like all the time. (And just so we are clear, the "client" isn't necessarily the student. The client is whomever is paying for the lessons. Like mom or d

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