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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!

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How well do you know your students’ parents? Most of my students are dropped off on the fly, so I seldom see their adults. If someone else drives them to lessons, sometimes I don’t even meet them until a recital.

Parents care. They pay tuition for me to teach their children. Obviously they want a good musical experience for them, and hope and trust I can do for their youngsters what they cannot. Many of them would like to be in on the process, if they only knew how.

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MTH has the wonderful option to send Lesson Notes after each lesson. Although designed to simply let parents know what’s assigned or happening at lessons, this is an opportunity to save yourself time and keep your customers informed!

Answering ten unnecessary emails = wasted time!

How many emails do you get asking  questions about schedules or upcoming events, even though you previously sent emails or other correspondence with that exact information?  [···]

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