Friday, August 06, 2010

Piano Studio

When I had Walt, I took a break from piano teaching. Losing my (albeit meager) income and adding a dependent, we really felt a hit.

I had planned on teaching again in January, but between students moving and poor economy, I found myself with no students! That was a shock, but it was nice to continue spending unlimited time with my boys.

Now that fall is rolling around again, I'm trying to get my piano studio rolling again, bigger and better than ever (cross your fingers). I'm trying to ramp up my teaching implements, games, and theory. I'll also be accepting younger students than I ever have before. I will most likely join Plano Music Teacher's Association as well, though we'll see if they accept me without a bachelor's in music arts, teaching or piano performance.

I am going to teach 1 hour over lapping lessons. The kids will have a loose 20-20-20 system of piano time with me, theory worksheets/games/computer, and practicing at my electric piano with headphones. I'm trying to figure out the particulars with my living room set up since it's pretty small, but I'm pretty sure it's doable. I'm also hoping to trade out babysitting for lessons so I don't have any baby distractions while teaching. That will be VERY helpful since it was pretty difficult and distracting after I had Dean.

As I try and get my studio in order, I will probably be blogging less, crafting less, and hopefully working more efficiently to build a strong business. If you don't see me around often, that's where I'll most likely be.


A.J. Dub. said...

What are your rates?

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

$70/mo. flat fee due at the beginning of the month. That will be for 1 hour a week.

Stephanie Johnson said...

Celia - great meeting/seeing you at Costco this week. I'm a piano teacher too but get way more requests than I can teach. So will you send me all of the info you have including your address (so we can see how far you are from my house). Email me at coolsteph at gmail


Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Stephanie, that would be awesome. I'll send you an email.

Lois said...

A part of me is a little envious. I loved teaching piano for 32 years. Now it is a different season of life for me. Remember little Jasmine that you started when you were in high school? She got married yesterday. Her husband thanked me for all I did to make her into such a talented pianist. You get part of the credit too. Those are some of the perks of being a piano teacher!

Him, Her & The Wee One said...

Good luck Celia. If we didn't live in completely different states, I'd consider hiring you (well, in a few years anyway). Sounds like you've got a great plan underway.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

That's cute about Jasmine. I remember her concentrating soooo hard on counting since rhythm didn't come easily for her. She was such a cutie. Crazy she's already married!

Thanks Anna!