(Today I’m continuing my series about why students might be leaving your studio. If you missed Question #1 and 2, you can find the beginning of the series here.)
#3 Do you connect with each student on a personal level?
When I was a little girl, part of our Christmas tradition was visiting Santa. Every year I would go with 2 of my friends to a local department store to see Santa and Snow Queen.
But this was no ordinary Santa.
This was THE Santa.
He “remembered” you. I'm not kidding.
Well....actually, it turned out that Santa and the Snow Queen were rigged with a microphone and headset. But still....
Kids would first talk with the Snow Queen, then head to see Santa, who was several feet away. Since Santa was listening to the conversation with his headset, he would call you over - by name!
It was the most amazing thing! (And pretty impressive some 35 years ago.)
(That's me in the back with a bow on my head.)
I fell in love with this Santa because he “knew” me.
The same thing can happen with your piano students if you simply put in a little effort.
Many of you are probably doing this already, but if you’re losing students, ask yourself these questions:
Taking the time to really know your students is one of the most important ways to keep your studio thriving. Why?
Everyone benefits when you get involved personally:
But a warning - you can’t fake interest. This takes genuine effort and a heart that truly wants to connect on a personal level.
I know what you’re thinking - But how in the world do I keep up with 30, 40, 60 students? I already have so much on my plate!
Next Tuesday, I'll let you in on my one-minute habit that has changed everything!
And here's a fun way to connect with your student - Christmas jokes! Get the PDF here!
If you missed Question #1 in this series, read it here.
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.