A year and a half ago we wrote a post with a formula that relates to the success of your piano studio. The formula went a little something like this:
Practice + Progress = Happy Kids = Happy Parents = Successful Studio
While not particularly mathematical, or algorithmically correct, this formula is absolutely true AND absolutely dependent on one single factor… practice!
Without home practice the entire formula falls apart.
But There Was One Thing Missing…
Now, when I wrote that post back in January of 2013, the formula perfectly illustrated my point, but for today’s post I need to take the formula further. So take a look at the new and updated formula:
Involved parents = Successful Practice
Successful Practice + Progress = Happy Kids
Happy Kids = Happy Parents
Happy Parents = Successful Studio
The key addition, of course, being “involved parents”. Much of your piano studio’s success hinges on this one single factor. Which is why, when we work with piano teachers, one of the first things we advise is to strive to help parents be active participants in the piano lesson process… even if they have absolutely no musical background.
What “Non-Musical” Parents Can Do To Help
Most of your piano students will come from “not-so-musical” parents. Their ability to help with piano technique or instruction is limited to such phrases as “Julie, it’s time to practice piano!” or, “Julie, did you remember to practice piano?”, or “Oh my gosh Julie, your lesson is in 10 minutes, quick, practice!”
But it doesn’t have to be this way. By simply sitting with their children for the first 5 minutes of a practice session and using our Piano Parent Cheat Sheet, not-so-musical piano parents can have a huge impact on their children’s musical success.
Laminate the following question cards and send them home with your not-so-musical piano parents (note… we’ve also included a blank set of cards so you can customize your own set of questions). Ask them if they would mind sitting with their children for the first five minutes of daily piano practice and having a little chat… using the question cards as a jumping off point for the discussion.
And then, wait for your students to return the following week. If their parents have indeed taken a few minutes of their day to get involved with piano practice, I’ll bet you’ll see some serious progress… which, in the long term, means serious success for you!
The Method Book That Makes It Easy For Parents
One of our goals when writing the WunderKeys method book series was to make it easy for parent to be involved with home practice. Our books are laid out in a “read-aloud” way that makes it easy for parents to be a part of home piano practice during the week by knowing exactly what was covered during lesson time and are not at all intimidating or confusing even for parents who know nothing abotu the piano. Combine this with our professional-looking piano parent information materials and you are setting your students up for success! Find out more about WunderKeys at www.wunderkeys.com.