Though many teachers are realizing they no longer need to offer make-up lessons in their studio, I would imagine that more than half of you reading this are still doing make-ups. And chances are you are doing it because you don’t think parents will go for anything else.
If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of make-up lessons. I don’t believe in them. Matter of fact I believe they just add to your already busy schedule, cause unnecessary stress to your life and well… they just aren’t necessary and I’ll tell you why.
Last week I got this text…
A couple days ago I got a hug from a different parent…
After letting me know they would be missing a lesson in September. She said, “we can try switching with someone and if that doesn’t work, I guess we will just miss.” I then said, “Or I can just give him a video lesson.” And she said, “A video lesson?” (she must have missed my recent email reminding of this option). I said, “yes, I just video a lesson as if he was here. I do it during his normal lesson time and then I just send you the link when it’s done so you can watch.” Big smile and she said, “Can I just give you a hug?” 🙂
Neither one required me to teach outside my normal teaching hours. And in both scenarios the parents were happy.
Teacher happy + Parent happy= HAPPY STUDIO!
You see, it is possible to create WIN-WIN solutions without one or the other having to sacrifice. When a child needs to miss, no matter the reason they can…
- Switch with someone.
- Do a FaceTime/Skype lesson. (during regular lesson time)
- Do a video lesson. (I record during regular lesson time. You can read more about this option here as well as view a sample video).
If you are still giving make-up lessons, STOP! I promise it is NOT necessary! Be free of this stress in your life and offer other options that don’t take more of your time and energy!
If you feel it is too late for this year, this is what I would do… The next time you have a parent that says they need a make-up lesson, present them with another option instead. How about we do…? Be positive about the option (because it is positive!) and see where it goes. Some may be resistant and that is okay. Don’t take that as a sign of it’s not going to work. It just means that because make-ups are still an option right now, they are choosing that over the others. But when it’s no longer an option, they will adapt and realize the other options work just as well and they may like them even more.
I predict a HAPPY STUDIO in your future!
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