Students Quitting Before the Holidays?

Several years ago I noticed a trend when students typically quit lessons. The first was usually in November right before the Christmas holidays and the second was in April right before our big spring recital celebration. It would drive me nuts because I felt that they were missing out on the BIG stuff where we celebrate the end of the semester. I realized that both of these trends probably stemmed from the fact that parents simply wanted to save money and/or time before 1) Christmas and 2) Summer. It wasn’t necessarily because the student wanted to quit. So where there […]

Are You a People Pleaser?

I am a people pleaser by nature. I like to help people and I like to be liked. Who doesn’t, right? Need some sympathy or empathy? I’m your gal. I sometimes worry what people think of me especially when they are hard to read. Integrity and loyalty is important to me. I’m usually not one to start the drama but on the flip side if I’m super passionate about something I need to stand up for, I will. I have learned that sometimes the best thing is not always the easy thing. This in itself has helped me grow. Another thing I […]

How to Respond to Bullies When You Own Your Own Business

Disclaimer We all have come across bullies at some stage of our life. But dealing with a bully can make things a little more complicated when it is related to your business. You can go many years with no problems in regards to your policy or your business, but eventually you may come across someone who decides to “test” it. And sometimes (though rarely) the “test” leads to having to dismiss them from your studio. When you reach that point, it’s usually a decision that has not been taken lightly. It is not easy decision or action to take, but is usually necessary. […]

10 Things to Think about When Re-Evaluating Your Studio Policies

  I’ve reached a point in my policy where I typically only need to make minor tweaks here and there. But even still, I make sure that at least once a year I go through my studio policy and re-evaluate. I wanted share 10 things to think about when re-valuating your studio policies. 1- Relevancy- Relevancy plays a HUGE role in re-evaluating your policy. You may find hidden things in your policy that are simply no longer relevant. Part of being relevant is “keeping up with the times.” Does your studio policies read like they did 10 years ago? 2- Length- One […]

Be S.M.A.R.T. with Your Policy

  Last December I created a free worksheet on S.M.A.R.T. goals. While we usually re-visit our goals every New Year, this goal sheet can really be used anytime for most anything. What does S.M.A.R.T. mean? S.M.A.R.T. goal setting certainly does not have to be just for your students. Why not use it when you need to create goals in relation to your studio policy? For example… If I wanted to change my policy to no make-ups and wanted to figure out a way to best go about it, I might fill something like this out… SPECIFIC- To create a no makeup policy that will provide a […]

Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It!

  Sometimes the hardest part of being an independent teacher is just being able to stick to our policies when push comes to shove. Would you agree? I’m excited to announce that today kicks off launch week for a new course, Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It!  This course covers two main categories… Creating your policy. Who this benefits: Teachers who don’t have a policy and want to get started. Teachers who have a policy but have room for improvement. Teachers who have a policy but want a quick review of what it should include plus get some other helpful tips. […]

Tough Time Sticking to Your Policy?

Do you have a tough time sticking to your policy? If you answered yes, you are not alone. I would say a big percentage of teachers do. Why do you think that is? Well, part of it is we are close to our students and many times their family. As many times as my husband tells me I need to stop getting so close, I just can’t help it. Sometimes that alone makes it hard. Other reasons can be we are not completely confidant in our policies or we just have a hard time saying no for fear that we might […]