Happy Tuesday! It’s time for our twenty-first Teaching Tactic. Students are our first priority in teaching, but it’s the parents who pay the bills! If the parents aren’t satisfied you are going to lose your students. A little extra effort to connect with the parents can go a long way. Here’s a few quick ideas to help:
- Save a minute or two at the end of the lesson to tell the parents what you worked on that day. Highlight what the student did well and what they can work on during the week.
- If parents don’t typically come in to the studio, take a second to send a text updating them about the lesson.
- Send pictures that highlight student accomplishments. I love to use these printables from Teach Piano Today.
- Maintain a studio Facebook page. Use this to share upcoming studio events, pictures from recitals (with parent photo release) and more.
Staying connected with parents is a key way to retain students. Try implementing one or two of these ideas and let us know how it goes!
Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.