It’s a tempting solution when you’ve got the “slow registration blues”: bump kids up an additional 15 or 30 minutes from their usual half hour lesson. And really… it makes sense. You had holes in your piano teaching schedule that are now filled… and your income remains the same.
But be warned… don’t fall into this trap.
A piano student’s lesson time should only be increased if she really does need more time to develop her piano skills. But if it is simply an issue of keeping your piano teaching schedule full, you will find that this strategy will do more harm than good, and here’s why…
Piano lessons are a viral activity. Sign up a single student and before long, you have also signed up her friends, neighbours, and cousins. All of a sudden, one registration has turned into ten and your piano teaching studio is sailing smoothly. But the minute you stop extending your piano teaching web and start filling your schedule with existing students you have stopped the “virus” so to speak. And this time, that’s not a good thing!
If times are tough and registrations are slow, don’t turn to your existing students to hold up your income. It is in these times, more than ever, that you need to bust your butt to get that one new student. And likely, that one will become ten.