A few months ago, I had a conversation with a Toronto-area piano teacher who had added a fascinating twist to her teaching schedule: early morning lessons. She not only offered lessons in the 7-9am time slot but was able to fill them.
If you think about it, early time slots aren’t such a far-fetched idea. Many parents regularly drive their children to 7am competitive sports practices several times in a week. Plenty of students have a paper route that they navigate at ungodly hours of the morning.
So why not music lessons?
Those who teach younger students traditionally utilize weekday afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. As long as your teaching space is usable before 9am, there’s nothing to stop an enterprising music teacher from offering lessons at the crack of dawn when they will have little or no competition from other teachers. Two types of students in particular could benefit from these early morning times:
- School-age students with possible sports or work conflicts after school
- Working adults
The financial benefits of offering morning lesson times are not to be undrestimated. If you fill the 7-9am time slot five days a week at, say, $40 per hour, that’s an extra $400 per week added to your bottom line. With a 32-week teaching schedule, that would amount to an extra $12,800 of teaching income over the course of a year.
Have any of you ever taught at the first flush of morning? How was your concentration? How was the experience of your students different from later in the day?