As a musician with a busy performing, teaching and composing schedule, I am constantly looking at ways to simplify everyday tasks and increase productivity. I have been using MusicTeachersHelper for a number of years now, and I still marvel at how quick and easy it is to organise my timetable, send mass emails to students, keep invoicing up to date, and produce yearly income reports. The time I have saved by using MusicTeachersHelper has allowed me to take on more performing and teaching. However, at the start of this year, when my number of students had increased dramatically, I realised that while administration was no longer time consuming, I was spending increasingly large amounts of time responding to emails or phone calls from parents and students.
Obviously communication outside of the normal lesson time is necessary and I am always happy to talk to parents and students about their progress, future planning, etc however I found that I was answering my phone at all hours of the day and night, and often when I had just walked in the door from a long day teaching and realised that I needed to set boundaries so that teaching did not intrude on my personal time. [···]