At some point, every business needs to change and grow - but when you're a piano teacher, where do you start?
Here are 4 low-stress ways to make BIG changes in your studio right now:
1. Get rid of the clutter.
I'll let you in on a little secret - if you have piles of books. games, or anything hiding in the corners of your music room, it's not "hiding" from anyone!
As you can see in the picture above, I have piles of stuff too BUT my music room definitely LOOKS clean and organized. Oh the blessing of having a pretty cabinet!
Remember, first impressions really do count and banishing the clutter will significantly improve the look of your studio - instantly!
Where do you start if you've fallen into the Clutter Trap? You'll get the quickest results if you simply grab some boxes and start packing. Just get the mess OUT of your music room as fast as possible.
Move all the boxes to a guest bedroom or garage - somewhere AWAY from your music room. Then gradually you can start organizing what's IN the boxes.
The next couple weeks would be a great time to think about what storage boxes and organizers would help you manage your "piles" better. Put those ideas on your Christmas list!
2. Dress for success.
Warning - This is one that I'm passionate about. After all, teaching piano is our BUSINESS and to be successful, we must dress appropriately!
Think about it. People get dressed differently for different things. How you would dress for a wedding or a day at the beach? Or what you would wear if you going hiking in the mountains? Obviously, your clothing would be different in each of those situations.
As piano teachers - we need to dress for WORK! Even if we’re teaching from home.
The truth is that the way we dress affects our mood and our focus. It also affects our students. If they notice you’re wearing old jeans and a sweatshirt, they’re automatically going to be laid back and relaxed too.
And it absolutely affects our reputation! If we want to keep new customers and attract new ones, we need to treat teaching piano as a business - because it IS our business! That means we dress for WORK.
No - you don’t have to wear a dress or high heels.
Yes - it's fine to wear nice jeans!
The point is to look put together. So wash your hair. Put on makeup. Toss on some jewelry! And for crying out loud - wear shoes. You would never trust a doctor who was walking around in the hospital barefoot!
Take care with your appearance and it could transform your business. :)
3. Do something different.
Bored students can kill a studio faster than just about anything.
Fortunately, nothing brings more life to a studio than SURPRISES. So get your thinking cap on and do something different next week!
Here are a couple ideas to get your going:
Here's the point - students will get into a rut if you never change up your lessons. Create a few simple surprises and watch the smiles light up your studio!
Happy students make happy families. Happy families tell their friends how great you are and that builds our business FAST!
4. Motivate yourself!
Since we're talking about getting into a rut....
If YOU'RE bored - your students will be bored and that certainly spells disaster for any piano studio.
We ALL need inspiration and motivation. That's one of the reasons why I created Upbeat Piano Teachers. I wanted teachers to be able to get ideas and encouragement anytime - anywhere.
So what inspires you? Think about it and make your professional growth a priority! Do you love to read books? Hit the library and check out some business or productivity books.
If you're looking for inspiration that's directly related to teaching piano, Sara Campbell and I have webinars on a variety of subjects. Everything from using technology to building your studio to engaging teens & tweens.
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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.