You may not be mentally ready for it, but this is the time of year to be thinking not only about Summer lessons but about your student load/list for the Fall term.
Along with that comes the work of meeting with/interviewing and registering new students. Take some time to think about the process you use. The way we run our student interview meetings, and the process set up for registering students is the first peek families will have into the quality of your studio.
Do you like what you see? Is it the kind of onboarding process you would feel good about if you were the one signing up? Is everything streamlined, easy to understand, and smooth and painless?
Here are some resources for you today as you consider your own interview and registration process.
How to Plan a New Piano Student Interview or Meeting (Colourful Keys)
3 Printables for Interviewing Students (Color in my Piano)
Interview Evaluation Forms (Music Educator Resources)
One activity I find great to do with students during your first meeting is to decorate the piano. It gives you a chance to engage with the student and shows parents you work to make lessons fun. (Piano Safari)
New Piano Student Interviews – How to Seal the Deal (Compose Create)
How and When to Say No to Prospective Students (Teach with Diane)
One Registration Question Not-to-be-Missed! (Piano Pantry)
Here are 5 Questions Ask Every Piano Parent (Teach Piano Today)
If you’re looking to book interview meetings and/or do your registration forms online, there are all kinds of tools out there to make it easier. Some favorites I’ve heard of from other teachers over the years:
Would you like to obtain signatures on your policy documents but want to keep it all digital still? Check out Sign Easy, an electronic signature app.
Why You Need a Piano Studio Child Protection Policy and Plan (Rebekah Maxner)
The Email Every Piano Teacher Should Send Home at the Start of the Term (Teach Piano Today)