Are You Afraid to Begin?
Any new endeavor is accompanied by at least a little fear. Maybe you interpret that feeling as doubt, caution or plain old scared! No matter the label, it can cause you to stop you in your tracks and continue to teach in a private piano setting. Because you’re afraid.
I get it. In 1988 I converted my studio from all private lessons to group only…and Keene, Texas was not ready for it.
It is interesting to me that I was not scared to make this change. I bought 4 beautiful keyboards, I took the training, I believed in it. I could see how it would be beneficial to my students. I focused on all the positive and never thought that I would lose half of my students by making this change.
Would I have lost those students anyway?
I will never know. But I do know that I am still in the same town, 30 years later, and reaping the benefits of those families who trusted my judgement when I made the change to group piano lessons. The children of those students and their friends are still walking through my studio doors!
Change is always risky.
Here are a few suggestions to help you decide if making the change to group piano lessons is what you really want to do:
- begin offering group piano lessons every 2 months for everyone.
- survey the students and parents after they have experienced your group piano lessons.
- how much money would you have to invest?
- Do you have the necessary space?
- What type of group piano lessons would you like to offer?
- Will you need an assistant in you classes?
- How many students can you handle in one classroom?
- Why do you want to teach group piano lessons? Is it only for the increased revenue?
Answer all the questions your fear brings up and then make your decision. Whatever your final decision, do it wholeheartedly!
Any other suggestions?