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Back to School Tip of the Week

Hi teachers!

I hope this post finds you well and you have all survived your scheduling nightmares for the new school year!

We all know that parents play an important role in the success of our students. Younger students need parents to  remind them to practice. Some students respond well to incentives, some practice better when the parents sit in with them. Clear communication between the parents and the teacher is also vital.

Here are a few things I do to get the parents to be more involved in my studio:

Parents Meet and Greet

I started doing this a couple years ago. I invite the parents to come for morning tea at the beginning of the school year. They can get to meet other parents, share each other’s experiences (such as how to get your child to practice!), and ask me any questions they may have. I also use this opportunity to outline the various programs and events I offer this year, and recommend which ones are suitable for their children.

Studio Newsletter

I started doing this years ago. I have newsletters on my studio website dating almost 10 years! Posting newsletters online is efficient, saves money on printing, and allows potential students to see what my studio is all about. However, some parents never read it! So recently I decided to go the old fashioned way – have my newsletters printed! I still post them online on my website, but the printed newsletters get distributed to each family. There is just something about physically holding a piece of paper and reading what’s on it, plus the pictures look more lovely! Here is the most recent one:

 

Tip of the Week

This is new. Starting from this week, every week I will post a Tip of the Week on my Studio Facebook page to help parents be more involved in their child’s music study. Here is the first tip:

How about you? How do you get parents to be more involved in your studio? Best wishes for a successful teaching year!

About the Author

Yiyi Ku
Yiyi Ku is a pianist and teacher. Born in Taiwan, she grew up in New Zealand and obtained her Master of Music degree with Distinction in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Canterbury. Yiyi also holds a Licentiate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teachers National As... [Read more]

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