Question: I am considering doing a weekly theory group class as a ‘make-up’ piano class. I have 32 piano students (I live in a town of 2800 people) and feel like I need to do make-ups but trying to come up with 5 to 7 make-up slots each week is difficult. Do you think a weekly group lesson for make-ups is a good idea?
In short… yes… but read the disclaimer.
Disclaimer – I am not intending this post to be “to-do or not-to-do” commentary. It is simply a post written to help any piano teachers who choose to do make-up lessons.
Group Piano Classes Add Value
Offering group piano lessons at your studio is a great way to add value to your program. Parents will appreciate the “extra” you are offering and students will appreciate the added opportunity to have some fun at your studio! If you do offer make-up lessons, then this is a great way to avoid the scheduling nightmares that inevitably ensue when attempting to reschedule students for missed lessons. Offering a group class (I’d do it once a month) gives you the opportunity to “cover” these lessons while maintaining control over your schedule. Or… offer these group classes more regularly for a nominal fee and cash in on the beauty of a group of paying students!
Group Piano Classes Build Community
Building a sense of community in your piano studio is extremely important. If your students and their parents feel connected not only to you, but to each other, your student numbers will stay strong, participation in studio events and recitals will be enthusiastic and your relationships with your clients will be healthy… all very good things! Creating opportunities for your students to get to know each other can do nothing but good.
Group Piano Classes Are Fun!
Piano can be a fairly solitary instrument. Unlike our woodwind or brass instrument friends who almost always play with a group… we pianists spend a lot of time alone. We don’t even face our audience when we perform! Bringing your budding pianists into a group situation adds a fun-factor to piano lessons that comes from musical collaboration. Your students’ enjoyment of piano lessons will increase substantially if they associate piano lessons with friendships.
Group Piano Classes Are a Great Alternative
Most piano teachers choose to offer no make-up piano lessons at all. And with a jam packed schedule, for many it’s just not possible! However, if you’re feeling the need to make-up missed classes, then group piano lessons are a great option. Not only is it an efficient use of your time (one lesson vs. many) but you also avoid having your clients cancel with the assumption that their individual lesson will simply be rescheduled at their convenience. Group piano lessons enable you to maintain your clients’ appreciation for your flexibility without sacrificing your personal time.
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