Summer is here, and it’s a tough time of year for piano teachers even when we are not going through a global health crisis. I (along with many others) am concerned about students dropping out of piano lessons for the summer and maybe leaving altogether. I did some research and put together a plan to try and retain students.
I want my students to know that I really care about them. Everyone is has been through a tough year. So, making an extra effort for some social time seems to make sense.
1 – When I log on to teach a lesson, I give my students and their parents a little time to talk. I make it a point to ask them how their day is going, and how their week was.
2 – Host a group. Every other Saturday I have been hosting a piano party on zoom. It’s free and the kids and their parents love it. I do too!
3 – Send a postcard in the mail. One teacher I know is doing this and her students really appreciate it. I plan to give this a try.
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This post is an excerpt from my book
“The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town” Empowering Teachers to Inspire Students.
“A Miracle is a shift in perspective.” The Monarch System
So what is perspective anyway? I think we all have some idea.
“A simple shift in your perspective about the importance or meaning of a particular event, or a shift in your belief about your capacity to cope with it positively, can change your focus and your emotional reality”. Definition from dictionary.com
I have discovered that perspective is just about everything in teaching and in life. My perspective is powerful. It determines what I believe and what I believe determines how I feel. How I feel impacts my outlook on life and my outlook on others. If I am feeling good and peaceful I can focus and get more accomplished. If I am enthusiastic and energetic I am more creative. My perspective is also contagious when I am happy and motivated the people around me are likely to be happy. and motivated, If I am excited they probably will be as well.
In short, I have found that the world around me turns out to be a reflection of what is going on inside of myself. This means that if I wish to have a vibrant joyful studio, I need to be a vibrant joyful teacher. For me, the key to this is to be able to maintain a positive perspective in any situation. Not only to think of new ways to do things but to see things that could be perceived as negative in a positive light.
I read this story some time ago.
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