As piano teachers, one of the best things about summer is that most of us have extra time on our hands. If you’re like most people, that means you're excited to tackle some big projects!
Do any of these sound familiar?
I'll be the first to admit that summer projects are great, but here’s the truth. Unless you tackle those projects right away, they'll likely hang over your head the entire summer and depress you.
Let's do something TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Instead of choosing something TO DO - I encourage you to take something OFF your list.
Here's the idea -
Let’s fast-forward to September. You’re about to launch into a new school year and you're hoping it's your best year ever.
What could you take OFF your schedule this summer that will make you happy in September? What can you let go of that will get you excited?
Here are some ideas:
1. Is there a family who always pays late? Is is time to let them go?
2. Maybe it’s a student who never practices and they need to move on.
3. Could you move 3 current students into a small group class? That would take OFF some teaching time, but you’d still be getting paid for those students. (Another idea: if you have any slots open for fall, start those new students in a group class instead of private lessons. You'll decrease your teaching hours AND increase your profit at the same time!)
4. Home - Is there a chore you could delegate?
5. Do you hate grocery shopping? Try the online shopping at Walmart. I have a friend who recently gave it a try and said it she'd definitely do it again on busy weeks!
6. What about cooking? Can you share the responsibility with your spouse? Even doing some basic freezer meals would take daily prep OFF your schedule on busy teaching days.
7. Maybe you have a monthly subscription to something that you never use. Cancel it or put it on hold. Come September, you'll be glad to have that extra money in your bank account!
My Personal Example
This is going to surprise a lot of you, but.......I’m taking preschoolers OFF my schedule!
Yes - Sara and I just created a fabulous webinar all about preschoolers, but it's not the right season for me to do this. At this point in my life, I simply prefer to add older students to my roster.
(And yes - I'm still teaching a lot of kindergarteners!)
It won't always be this way though. Fast-forward a couple years to when my son graduates from high school and it'll be the perfect time for me to add preschoolers back to my studio!
Make Smart Choices This Summer
Let me clarify - I’m not saying that you shouldn't tackle summer projects. We ALL have things that need to be done, but we need to use wisdom when planning the months ahead.
And truthfully, sometimes the smartest choice might be very simple: Take something OFF your list!
If you need help managing your time, this is how I learned to maximize my mornings!
If you're a piano teacher expecting to find teaching tips, this post might surprise you.
Yes, I LOVE sharing ideas for teaching piano! But truthfully, faith and family are also important to me, so sometimes I'll write about those topics too.
And truthfully, most of us work from home, so "business" and "life" sort of overlap, right? (If you're a "Piano Mom" like me, then I know you get it!)
Today I'm sharing some ideas to jazz up your quiet time. ("Jazz" used intentionally right there!) If you're anything like me, it's all too easy to get into a rut. Summer is the perfect time to try something new!
Here are 4 easy ways that you can change up your Bible study:
1. Entrusted: Beth Moore Online Bible Study
Entrusted is an online Bible Study sponsored by Lifeway Women and it's entirely FREE! Well...you will need to get the workbook which sells for 12.99, but the teaching videos are all included at no charge.
The 5-week study revolves around 2 Timothy and it kicks off June 15. You read more about it and register here.
Note: This might surprise some of you who are fans of Beth Moore, but I've never done one of her Bible studies. I've read her books and even attended one of her simulcasts, but I've never actually taken part in a Bible Study. Have you done one? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
2. Write the Word Journals
Lara Casey has created Write the Word Journals that might be perfect for your quiet time.
Each journal has scripture selections for you to write out, but there's room for so much more! You'll find space to write down your blessings, a prayer, or anything else that comes to mind.
There are 5 different journals to choose from and they are all lovely. This summer, I chose Cultivating Joy and I'm really enjoying it during my morning quiet time. (Learn how I established my early morning routine here.)
If you're looking to cultivate joy, faith, gratitude, hope, or renewal, then you'll love these books.
3. She Reads Truth - Romans
If you're interested in studying Romans, She Reads Truth is kicking off their summer study on June 5.
You can access the free reading plan and daily devotional here. Poke around on their website and you'll see that you can also access past reading plans.
They also have a great app that you should check out AND there's a He Reads Truth app (and website!) for the men in your life!
4. His Mercy is New Scripture Writing Plans
I discovered Candace Crabtree about a year ago when Sara Campbell and I interviewed her for Upbeat Piano Teachers. Little did I know then, that I'd become a HUGE fan of hers - and it goes WAY beyond piano!
Candace has a heart that shines for the Lord in all she does. Personally, I just love her Scripture Writing Plans. They'll get you in the Word and keep you on track!
Best of all? They're completely FREE! Just print the plan, grab a notebook and a pen!
Click here to find over a dozen writing plans!
Do you change up your summer Bible Study? I'd love to hear what works for you!
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The Upbeat Book Club kicked off last summer and already over 600 piano teachers have jumped on board!
If you haven't joined our club, we'd LOVE to have you! It's fun and FREE! (If you're curious about our past selections, click here.)
Here's the Scoop!
What Do You Need to Do?
Registration is still open!
We have webinars about everything from growing your studio to using technology to teaching group lessons and summer camps!
Click here to learn more! (At checkout use LAST5 for $5 off ANY webinar. Registration ends May 10!)
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Group lessons are a great way to WOW the families in your studio. Not only do they bring the "social element" to piano lessons, they also allow students the opportunity to perform and play in an ensemble.
And let's not forget that happy families bring in extra income. Parents will be thrilled with "extras" you offer and they'll probably tell their friends!
BUT how do you add group lessons without it disrupting your life? I've got you covered! Here are 3 simple ways to add this feature to your studio. (And it doesn't have to cost money!)
1. Offer a group lesson as a makeup.
This is just a no-brainer and pretty easy to pull off. Once or twice a semester, hold a group class for anyone who missed a lesson. Have games along with a performance time.
Parents will feel like they got their money's worth and your students will have a blast!
2. Offer a group lesson as a "bonus" feature.
Once or twice a semester, invite ALL your students to a group lesson. Make sure you have a fun theme, games, and maybe even a little music craft. If you're feeling generous, you could even offer pizza!
How do you pay for this? Many teachers include the cost in their registration fee. Others charge a small fee for students to attend.
3. Offer a COMBINATION of private and group lessons.
YES - you read that correctly. Offer group AND private lessons.
I'll be honest...I never even thought of this as an option until Sara and I created Group Lessons 101. Two of our guests teach a mixture of private and group lessons each month - and they're having HUGE success!
Best of all? They're doing it WITHOUT multiple keyboards!
If you'd like to learn their secrets - how they're organizing this and how they sell the idea to parents - Group Lessons 101 is open for registration until the end of this month.
At checkout, you can use code SAVE5 for $5 off. (That expires the end of April.)
Hi there! I'm Tracy Selle. A Christian wife, mom, and author of 101 Piano Practice Tips. I'm also a piano teacher and founder of Upbeat Piano Teachers.