AN ONGOING CONCERN for many independent music teachers is the change of commitment level of students during the summer months. While some teachers enjoy the usually lightened studio schedule during the summer months, most of us depend on our teaching as our livelihood and have bills that do not go away during this time. I would love to hear your ideas, especially those of you that have been successful at insuring yourselves regular employment year long!
ESTABLISHING A SUMMER REQUIREMENT (a minimum number of lessons, with the option of replacing some private lessons with one of the various summer workshops), has been most helpful for me in keeping things going in my studio. Though I cannot really make anyone take classes, the ones that do are assured their slot, or first choice of times in my schedule when the school year comes back around. My students and parents seem to really enjoy the flexibility with having a couple of options for summer lessons and a variety of supplemental classes. [···]