As I was preparing this week’s list, I realized this is a topic that’s not really covered a lot in piano teacher world!
How do you welcome students into your studio? By welcome, I mean both in the sense of when a new student comes to your studio for the first time as well as in your daily welcome to weekly recurring students.
This is definitely something I’ve started to think about!
I was first inspired by this topic when Joy Morin shared a printable welcome poster. Ah! What I brilliant idea!
I needed my welcome poster to say a few different things though so I created my own in Canva. Here’s how it turned out:
(Our front door doesn’t always go all the way shut – especially in the winter -and while you think you have shut it, sometimes it needs a good push. Thus, the first step. 🙂 )
At the first week of lessons, for the first time ever, I went outside and greeted students as they came into the studio for our group class. I had everyone gather outside together as others arrived and then we all went in together.
Here’s my full entryway. It’s the front door to the house and students enter and go directly down the steps to the basement. There is a bathroom just off to the right of the entryway.
I took time with the group to point out the checklist which I have in a photo frame right when they enter.
I’m a sucker for recommended products so, while it was a little expensive for my taste for hand sanitizer, I tried it out. It IS pretty amazing.
P.S. My students still get the cheap stuff! 🙂
(Kudos to Jennifer Foxx for this idea!)
Ever since my studio moved into our new home, I started asking students to remove their shoes.
Not all students may be comfortable removing their shoes, so I decided to buy shoe covers and a small “announcement” holder to place in my entryway. That way they have a choice.
Lifesaver mints are a nice one for an entryway candy dish.