Milestones are very important to parents. The first day of school, the first soccer game, the first piano lesson… these are all things that tug at the heart strings and deserve a little extra attention.
When it comes to “first piano lessons” however, you’ll want to recognize this milestone for reasons that extend beyond the emotional sphere. “First piano lessons” represent the start of your working relationship with new families. By kicking it off on a celebratory note you’ll firmly places piano lessons in the “important” category in the minds of both your students and their parents.
But making a first piano lesson feel special does not need to cost you a bunch of extra time and effort. Instead, it simply requires a few thoughtful gestures that are appreciated by parents and remembered by students. In today’s post we’re sharing one of these gestures that you can put to good use in your own studio.
A First Lesson Follow-Up Email
Today we thought we’d share the email that I send home the day after a child’s very first piano lesson. Feel free to copy it and/or modify it as needed to suit your own needs.
It was so lovely to teach Aidan yesterday. What a fabulous little boy you and Darren have! I was delighted to see how excited he was to learn to play the piano. We had a lot of fun together!
I thought you would like to know that he has exceptionally good listening skills – he’s already shown me that he is going to be very good with rhythm. He was delighted to learn that the clap backs we were doing were ones that I typically do with 8 year olds!
I thought you’d appreciate a copy of the picture I took of him yesterday. A first piano lesson is such an exciting event, and in my studio we like to mark it by taking a special photo. Years from now it will be fun to look back and see how much he has changed.
I also ask my students three questions at their very first piano lessons and we re-visit these questions many years later to see if their answers have changed. Here were Aidan’s responses:
- What do you like most about the piano? I like that it is fun to make soft and loud sounds.
- Who do you know that plays the piano? My grandma and my auntie and the big kids at school.
- What kind of music do you think will be your favorite? I like spy music… it is spooky and cool.
I am really looking forward to working with Aidan this year and I hope you are excited about having his music become a part of your family.
See you next week!
Attach A Photo, And Voila! You’ve Marked The Occasion.
We recently released a set of photo props for your studio – one of which is a “My First Piano Lesson” prop. Simply pop it in a frame, have your student hold it proudly, snap a photo, and attach the image to your follow-up email. Parents will really appreciate having a keepsake of the special event.
Other Ideas to Make a First Piano Lesson Special
- Post a “Welcome Aidan!” poster on the wall of your waiting area or draw “Welcome Aidan” with sidewalk chalk on your walkway. This immediately makes your student feel important.
- Loan your new student your studio mascot after his first lesson (see more details here).
- Send home a piano game to reinforce skills learned in the first lesson (such as finger numbers etc.) so your excited student can involve his parents in the lesson experience
- Send your student home with a “First Piano Lesson” Certificate
- Create music bags with your studio logo and send your student home with one as a gift
- Post a “Welcome to our new student Aidan” graphic on your studio Faebook page or Instagram account.