I own and operate a small piano studio out of my home, and the summertime is always a bit of a financial struggle for me.
When I took piano lessons growing up, we always continued our lessons during the summer. They were a bit more sporadic, since my teacher usually took a vacation and my family usually took a vacation, but it certainly wasn’t as though we took the summer off.
When I began teaching piano in Milwaukee, I was surprised to discover that teachers in the area gave summers completely off from piano lessons. Most of my students expected that I would be doing this same thing. My first year of teaching, though it went against my instincts and desires, I decided to appease the masses and gave my students the summer off.
I will never do it again.