This past spring, I decided to take a bit of a risk with my studio.
I’ve taught private piano lessons for about nine years. Since having a child two-and-a-half years ago, I’ve kept my studio relatively small. I only accept twelve private lesson students, since I like to be a mostly stay-at-home mom. In March, all my private lesson spots filled up, and I began a waiting list. I have always hated turning students down both because I love my job, and let’s be honest–no one likes turning down money. But I know that being home with my little one is most important right now, and in order to make a substantial enough leap in income, I would have to take on quite a few more students which means quite a few more hours away from my little one.
So, I decided to branch out from private lessons. Before moving from Wisconsin about two years ago, a public school there had approached me about teaching piano lessons in a group setting as part of their summer school program. I was all set to begin a certification process, but ended up moving to Montana before I could see it through. The idea of teaching group piano entered my head again this spring when I thought of the way it would work out really well in allowing me to teach substantially more students at my studio without taking away the amount of time from my daughter that it would require if I was to teach each of these students privately.
So I took the plunge.