One of the most common questions we are asked by readers of the TeachPianoToday blog is “How should I be planning for lessons?”
If you’ve been follow the previous posts in our “How To Plan For A Year of Piano Lessons” series then you’ll have a wonderfully organized outline that contains the concepts you will be teaching, the repertoire you will be using to teach these concepts, and the additional teaching activities (games, improv, composing etc.) that will serve to reinforce concepts and add a major dose of fun.
And now it’s time to brag. Because the final piece of your yearly planning is effectively communicating this plan to your piano studio parents. This is an immensely important part of your yearly planning… but it’s also the part that almost everyone forgets to do!
Sharing Your Yearly Plan With Piano Parents
I am a huge proponent of filling parents in on absolutely everything that goes into planning a piano lesson. It is important that they are privy to the hours of non-teaching time that separates a “so-so studio” from a splendid studio.
But filling them in on this information doesn’t need to be an arduous task! Instead, your yearly plan can serve as an effective communication-starter, newsletter material, or a “keeping-in-touch” email.
The Perfect “Keeping In Touch Email”
After your student completes a concept “block” on her yearly plan, craft up an email to her parents explaining exactly all that was accomplished during that time. All of those repertoire choices and additional teaching activities you planned and implemented should be showcased in this email, allowing the parents to instantly see what makes your studio unique.
Want to see it in black and white? Here’s an example of what my emails look like.
Emails such as the one above strengthen relationships, validate your worth and gently nudge parents into remembering that a large portion of what happens in piano lessons is reliant on what also happens at home.
Where To Find The Difference Makers?
If, after reading the above email, you’re now itching to make your studio stand out from the rest by using some of those supplementary activities I mentioned, you can find them all here on our resources page.