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Summer break for music teachers often means some extra downtime and this creates an ideal opportunity for reflection, creativity, and testing out new ways of doing things. Our expert team of musicians, business specialists, teachers and creatives have put together a list of inspiring ideas that can help you improve your business levels this summer. Enjoy! 

  • Increase your fees or explore alternative fee models 
      • When did you last increase your fees? If it’s been a while, summer and fall are the best times. Don’t drop a fee increase in the middle of winter when your students are not expecting it. Send an email now and let your current students know that a fee increase is coming on a certain date. 
      • Have you considered exploring other structures with your incoming students? What about a new tuition model using a flat monthly fee?  
  • Review your cancellation policy
      • How is your cancellation policy serving you AND your students? Is it creating a positive, win-win environment? There are no rights or wrongs, but it is imperative that you have some form of policy in place. A few options to explore include:
        • 24-hour notice (or the lesson is billable)
        • monthly fee regardless of the number of lessons
        • a flexible rebooking policy, offering credits rather than refunds to be used for additional lessons outside of regular lesson times
        • alternatives to synchronous lessons like special interest projects or video reviews.
  • Refresh your website
    • Are your details all up to date?
    • Got some new photos from the past year of teaching? Upload them!
    • Is it easy for new students to book in with you? Try using a service like Calendly or Acuity for scheduling new lessons without the back and forth emails.
  • Consider your plan for in-person/online/hybrid teaching next school year. Online lessons are here to stay and with the right platform (Musicology?) you can feel confident knowing that you are providing the best possible experience for students.
    • Keep your current students online and fill more spots
    • Easy to manage illness and bad weather
    • No problems if your student moves away
    • Consider a hybrid approach: three weeks online with one week in person
  • Try Musicology for FREE for the summer and get familiar with the platform before back-to-school.
    • 30-day free trial available AND Musicology is always free for your students
    • Introduce the app to your summer students now as they’re more relaxed and open to new things (I promise it’s a super easy platform to navigate!)

Eliminate needless apps because the tools are already built into Musicology (with many more to come.)

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