Leila Viss

How will you play it forward?

December 14th, 2015 by

 

Two weeks ago, my student Addison entered my studio and declared, “I wrote a song for Paris!”

A little puzzled by what he meant, I probed further and learned that he improvised a piece on the piano based on his feelings about the terrorist attacks in Paris and posted it on his YouTube channel. It was Addison’s way of processing the tragedy, paying tribute to the victims, communicating his sorrow and as I thought about it more, this was Addison’s way to give what he could: he wanted to play it forward.

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NoteRunner Piano Jam! 2015 – Learn a song. Submit a video. Win cash.

The NoteRunner Online Piano Competition is a contest where participants of all ages have the opportunity to learn fresh new music by up and coming artists and receive feedback from talented musicians. Participants are required to learn a song from the song list and submit a video performance. Winners earn a cash reward of up to $150, a gift voucher to NoteRunner.com or feedback from accomplished musicians. Share your performance with friends and family for an extra bonus prize!

This contest is a great opportunity for music students, music teachers, or both!

Early Registration deadline: Sept 30, 2015

Late Registration deadline: October 15, 2015

Videos due: Jan 15, 2016

Website – www.NoteRunner.com (Check out results and performances from the NoteRunner Launch! summer contest)

Contest Details – http://www.noterunner.com/contest-details-for-noterunner-jam-2015/

Song List – http://www.noterunner.com/noterunner-piano-jam-song-list/

Music Teacher’s Helper is a proud sponsor of the NoteRunner Piano Jam! 2015.

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We made a visual to show the impact our users had on a recent Donorschoose.org Giving Page to benefit music school classrooms.
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National Piano Month

September 22nd, 2014 by

Did you know September is National Piano Month?!

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Alfred Music has teamed up with Making Music Magazine – Engaging and Inspiring Musicians to give away Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Piano Complete Starter Pack.

One lucky winner will receive the Teach Yourself to Play Piano Complete Starter Pack courtesy of Alfred Music.

This prize package includes:

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Let us know what you think about these portable piano renderings in this short survey. Groove is a new portable piano coming onto the market.

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Does your studio have more students than you can handle, or do you wonder if anyone even takes music lessons any more? Why do some people seem to attract more students than they need and others struggle to fill their time blocks?

This is a complicated question, with many variables.

First and foremost people are attracted to what is attractive, valuable, and somewhat hard to get. Even when you need students, you can’t appear needy. So the first thing you must consider when attracting new students is what you have to offer. What makes you unique and valuable? Get busy being the kind of teacher, with the kind of studio, that people would stand in line to get in to.

With that in mind, there is one source of new students that will out perform every other source. However, before I discuss that source, here are some general advertising ideas to get your studio on the radar. Remember to project a confident, positive attitude as you introduce yourself. Stay a little bit hard to get.

  • Leave business cards on local bulletin boards, with your hair dresser, the mail carrier, and anyone you do business with in your community.
  • Drop off business cards and fliers with local real estate agents.
  • Put fliers out in local neighborhoods, door to door when allowed. Go on a Saturday morning so you have a chance to actually meet some people.
  • Call the music teachers at your local schools and introduce yourself. Ask how you can be of help to them. Offer to accompany for some of their programs.
  • Join one of the online teacher referral websites, such as LessonRating.com.
  • Put up a flier at your church or community center.
  • Order a magnetic sign for the side or back of your car, giving your studio name and contact information.
  • If allowed, put up a sign in front of your home studio. I know a teacher who puts up a sandwich-board type sign on a busy corner near his home every Sunday afternoon for a few hours.
  • Join a local music teachers’ association and ask to be put on the list for referrals and to be listed on their website.
  • Pass out fliers or business cards at local children’s sporting events, or when parents are picking their children up from school.
  • Create a website and make sure your name comes up when people search for a teacher in your area. (This could be a whole separate article!)
  • Hold a summer camp for students who want to explore the piano.
  • Write a guest editorial on a musical topic for your local newspaper.
  • Set up a booth at a local fair or community-day activity.
  • Have an entry in the town parade and/or pass out fliers along the route.
  • Advertise in the program for a local school play.
  • Offer a free introductory workshop.
  • Give a local recital of your own music.
  • Offer preschool music or Kindermusic classes to get students ready for instrumental lessons.
  • Offer group classes for teens or adults.
  • Teach retired adults during school hours.

Finally, what is the far and away best source for students? Your current students, of course! Your students will naturally recommend you to their friends, but there are things you can do to encourage this. At the end of each school year I give out coupons for students to give to their friends for a free trial piano lesson. If they recommend a student who signs up full time, the current student also gets a free lesson. I also ask current parents to write a short paragraph of recommendation that I can post on my website. Basically, you want to make sure your current students and parents have referrals on their mind.

It can take months for momentum to build from your efforts, so don’t be discouraged and don’t quit advertising. Your efforts now are filling your studio six to twelve months from now. Even if you are currently full, you cannot stop promoting your studio.

Please comment on this article with ways you have found to attract students. I would love to hear your ideas!

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updateIn 2013 we released many new features and updates for you. We want to thank you for your support and great suggestions throughout the year.

Below are a few features and updates now available or expected to be available in the upcoming weeks.

Website Blog: We are in the testing phase of the new Blog feature, and plan to release the feature soon. When the feature is released, we will send you an email, informing you of the release of this feature requested by many of you.

Simplified Invoicing System: Our programmers continue to enhance and simplify our invoicing system.

iOS Update: The latest Ios app release 1.5.7 is now available for download at the Apple Store. You will need to delete the older version before downloading the new release.
Some of the new iOS additions include:

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  • About tab that now easily identifies the version of the app and basic information
  • Terms of Service displaying properly

iOS issues resolved include:

  • The student name missing after changing status
  • Lesson notes not saving
  • App crashing after entering payment

 

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Having a professional looking website helps students feel more confident that you take your teaching business seriously. Your website is often a student’s first introduction to you as a teacher.

Today we added 41 new studio website themes to Music Teacher’s Helper. These themes are available on all paying plans. To see the new themes, or change your current theme, click Website -> Theme/Layout, then click the “Prime Themes” tab.

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