The #1 thing that I look forward to each year in my studio is getting ready for the new school year. I absolutely LOVE coming up with a new theme, new goals for the year, etc… I have noticed when I change things up each year with a new theme it keeps me from burning out.
Now if doing these yearly incentive programs helps keep me from burning out, you can bet it can do the same for students. The top 3 reasons from a teacher standpoint of why yearly incentive programs can ROCK your studio are:
- Keeps students motivated and engaged all year long.
Keeps students on task with meeting their goals.
Sets you apart in your area.
But I’m sure you don’t want to just here this from me, so I asked my students first hand what they thought about the yearly incentive programs. These are the reasons students are saying why incentive programs ROCK! (Quotes from students)
Its always super fun when you make a new theme and have new games to play and new piano concert pieces for us to play.
It gives me a new approach to playing the piano and new pieces to learn and new piano themed games.
I like the yearly themes because it gives more goals & it’s organized & fun.
I do think the program’s help me stay focused & motivated because it keeps me practicing to move forward with the theme.
It’s always fun to see the ideas you put together!
It gives me something to look forward to at the end when I hear everyones piece that goes along with the theme at our spring recital.
It is a fun experience leveling up, but the songs motivate me the most.
A lot of them are fun…Sometimes we get to color and do fun activities.
Mrs Foxx gives songs based on the theme. I just like the songs that are based on the themes. Having the songs based on the themes makes it a little funner to play the songs.
The extra effort in doing these programs in my studio have always been worth the time and expenses it has taken to run them. While incentive programs won’t motivate all students, it will help with many. And at the very least it helps keep them in lessons longer, so they can get through those little (and big) bumps that happen along the way. I highly recommend that if you have never done a yearly incentive program to give it a try. I would also suggest implementing a studio fee if you haven’t already so you can cover any of the expenses behind the program.
You can check out some of the incentive programs I have available here.