The Time I lost $1,000+ on Piano Lessons (My First True Experience of Extreme Loss as a Teacher)

I recently went through an experience that I never thought I would ever have to go through as a piano teacher. When covid happened in the very beginning of the pandemic, I offered some free lessons for my students. I understood the hardships that everybody had to go through and I wanted to be there for my students. Not having lessons for a couple of weeks or months can really push back a student’s progress. They would have to spend extra time relearning everything again. Now that I look back on what happened, I regret offering too many free lessons. I should have put a limit on the number of free lessons that I provided. I didn’t do that however because I thought that my students would only need a month or so to get back on their feet. There

There was a particular mom that needed lessons, but they couldn’t continue to afford them. I offered some free lessons because they were already my students beforehand. I thought that they wouldn’t need a lot of time to be okay financially again and I was also promised repayment once they had more financial income again. Therefore, since I was promised repayment, I knew that they were going to pay me for all of the lessons that I gave during the pandemic. As we already know, the pandemic lasted a lot longer than everyone expected. Piano teachers had to switch to virtual lessons instead of in-person lessons. All of the lessons I gave to them were through facebook messenger video chat. We continued having lessons for months. In the midst of these lessons, I told the mom my concerns about their youngest daughter. I told her if she would consider having two lessons a week for her ebcause she wasn’t grasping the material. The mom agreed and I was still under the impression that I was going to be compensated for all of the work I put in.

I don’t want to talk badly about anyone because they are genuinely nice people. I enjoyed teaching the kids and I didn’t know what was going to happen in the following weeks. I got the first installment of the payment early this year in 2021. It was $25. I think I was in disbelief when I saw the amount. I charge $40 for two lessons. I went to go check my cashapp, but i’m still downloading the storage to my google photos so I can’t check completely at the moment. It was still upsetting, but she told me that the amount was more than she could give at the moment. Please keep in mind that she only made one payment so far that was only $25. I continued to give them three lessons a week despite knowing this information. I don’t know what I was thinking. I legitimately thought that I was eventually going to be paid. Even during the lessons, I thought that I was actually making money but I wasn’t. During the entire fiasco, I was being misled.

During the end of one of the lessons, she told me that she was going to give me another payment. I was surprised, but very relieved to hear that I was going to receive payment for my work. Again, I was naive and I can’t believe I trusted her. A day or two days go by and I received no payment from her. I waited a week and a half to finally text her to ask about the payment. I’m going to check later in the app, but I don’t think the payment was more than $40. Keep in mind that I have been giving her three lessons a week and two lessons a week, all for free, for a year and a half at this point. I think that my brain was going to explode at this point. This final payment was during the time when I was extremely upset about how my student’s parents were treating me. Not all of my students are like this, but there’s sometimes one student that treats me horribly. Therefore, during this time, I was already clearing out my roster of students. I was letting some students go that I didn’t want to continue teaching anymore and I decided to let these students go. The mom continued to text me about lessons. Why would I continue giving her lessons when she has barely paid me for them? I’m not naive anymore. I think I finally woke up and saw what was happening. I don’t think anyone could actually believe that this happened to me. I funal

I finally let them go and a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. I was free from their abuse. Over the next couple of weeks, the mom continued to message me. She was never angry and she was extremely nice. It was jarring to see her continue to try to get back in my good graces again. I never responded to her messages. There’s nothing much to say. I wasted a lot of my time and effort for nothing in return. The person that did this to me doesn’t think that they did anything wrong. yesterday was my birthday and she texted me happy birthday. I cannot understand how she can continue bothering me when I already cut ties with her.

During the period when I finally let them go, I wasn’t posting any piano videos or anything for my music studio page. I didn’t want her to continue to message me because I don’t want to have anything to do with her anymore. An entire month goes by and I was hiding from her. I didn’t post anything and I only used social media to look at posts. I never posted anything of my own. I would definitely attribute some of the loss I experienced with views due to me having to hide from her. Not only did I lose my money and time, but I also lost my viewership. I can’t truly explain what it was like having to go through this. I hope that other teachers never have to go through what I went through. Time is valuable and I lost a lot of it. I will never get the time I wasted back, but I hope that I can rebuild myself to where I was before. Thank you so much for reading.

How to Handle Bad Days as a Teacher | You’ll Be Okay

There are going to be days where nothing special happens. Some days are forgettable and that’s okay. There are other days where you’re going to question why you ever chose to be a teacher. It might be because of something a student said/did or how the events of the day played out. I’m here to tell you that things are going to be okay. Every teacher has days where they don’t feel the best. We all have bad days. There was an instance when I had so many students drop from my piano studio. That was difficult for me. I felt unloved, not appreciated, and sad. Students don’t know that we care about them as students, so when they leave, it could be very jarring for us as teachers. I can sit here and tell you that I have had many of those types of days. I know that I will have many more of those bad days as a teacher in the future, but things will be okay. I know that I am still a good teacher. I know what my worth is and that’s the most important thing to remember when you are feeling this way. You are a good teacher.

I think one of the best things that you can do as a teacher when you’re having a bad day is to continue working. I know that this might be counterintuitive to a lot of what other people might suggest. However, in my experience, I know that I have deeply regretted taking the day off when I have had bad days. I wish that I could go back and work. I think that seeing my students would have helped me feel better a lot more than just recovering by myself. I also don’t want to lose the work opportunity that I would have had. It’s even more upsetting knowing that I lost opportunities. If you can, I would really suggest continuing to work. If this doesn’t work for you, it’s okay to take a day off also.

My last reminder for teachers that are having a bad day is to try to take care of yourself. You are only human and you will not be perfect in everything. I hope that this day will pass and that you will be stronger from this. Take care of yourself. You’ll be okay.

The Struggles of Creating a Course Online and Maintaining an Online Presence

I’ve been in this new phase in my life where I want something more than just what I have now. I am looking to expand my audience base and to create more. Having a facebook page for my piano studio has been a blessing. It wasn’t easy to create a facebook page. I had to consistently post on there and that requires work. Not a lot of people know how much work goes into creating a business. It has been more work than I thought it would be, but I am so thankful for my facebook page. Another platform that I created was my blog (aka the one that you’re reading this blog post on). I put so much of my time working on this blog because I genuinely enjoy blogging. Even though I have all of these amazing things, I still want something more. I have been thinking about creating a course. I already began making videos for the course. The struggles I have faced so far makes me very wary of continuing to make a course.

The first struggle that I faced was not having enough room on my phone to continue recording my videos. I didn’t truly understand why youtubers always talk about how they don’t have enough storage for recording their content. I had recorded other piano videos that I was planning on posting. Storage is still a problem now. I’m waiting for my phone to backup my content on google photos. The process is long because I have a lot of videos. I didn’t know that this was going to be something that would happen, but I guess it’s normal. Everyone will have storage problems and I should try my best to overcome this hurdle.

Another struggle that i’ve faced is a lack of energy to record a ton of videos. I think that I am overly ambitious. I have been harboring tons of content and I should have posted them. There are times when I sit down to record my videos and I get tired from recording for hours. If I want to be successful, I have to try to take it slower. I don’t want to burn myself out. I know that I work hard and I need to give myself credit. I honestly hope that this blog post helps someone that is struggling creating an online course. Don’t give up and know that everyone has struggles also.

How To Become A Piano Teacher – Pocketfuloflearning

Believe it or not, becoming a piano teacher is not too difficult. As long as you have enough experience playing the piano, you can start teaching students. The actual steps to learning the piano and becoming competent enough to teach the material might take years. You don’t need a certification to teach someone how to play the piano, so the process of becoming a teacher is not long.

The first step to becoming a piano teacher is to advertise your studio as much as you can. For myself, I began advertising on Facebook. I posted statuses on my Facebook profile page about how I am teaching lessons. My advertising was simple. Now that I look back on my advertising, I wish I had advertised more often. I remember how I posted once or twice a week, and then I stopped posting for a couple months. I wasn’t consistent and that’s why I would recommend posting often. Advertising is the best form of getting students to your studio. I have more blog posts where I talk about how to advertise and where specifically to advertise.

The next step is to choose a method book that you want to teach from. I’ve talked about this before also! There are tons of books available and I would suggest going to the book store to check each book out. Decide for yourself which method book would work best with your teaching style. Don’t be afraid to choose a method book because you can always change it later. I would choose a lesson book and a technic book. The lesson book has all of the lesson plans and curriculum. The technic book is full of technical exercises built for improving technique. If you want, you can purchase some of these books ahead of time to start learning for your first lesson.

The next step is to begin scheduling the students that responded to your marketing. Don’t be afraid of telling everyone you know that you’re teaching piano. It’s a great way to start getting some new students and it doesn’t hurt to have some students from the get-go! I was always too shy to tell everyone that I teach piano. I started to come out of my shell, but I’m still too shy. I use a scheduling system from google calendar. I like how I can take my calendar with me and I can update it digitally wherever I am. Find what works best for you.

Now that you have everything set up, it is time for your first lesson! I was so nervous when I first began teaching piano lessons. I stumbled with my words and I look back at my first lesson with humor now. I was too nervous. I should have tried to relax and everything would have gone better. After your first couple months of teaching, you will get better at it. There’s no need to worry right now if you feel like you’re not a good teacher. You will definitely be able to develop a better teaching style and your teaching skills will improve! Be kind to yourself. You’re just starting teaching and it can be daunting. Try to stay calm and happy.

I wish you all the best in your teaching endeavors! I’m here if you ever need any advice on teaching. By the way, I am going to be opening a teachers pay teachers store soon! I’m so excited for this and I will be updating my blog more about this new path! I enjoy helping other teachers pursue their dream of becoming better teachers. Be sure to stay tuned for more blog posts and content from me. I hope you have a great weekend!

The most important part of building a teaching business

I’m the type of person that needs a flexible schedule. Before I began teaching, I was working jobs that required me to be at a certain place for 8-10 hours at a time. Building my teaching business from the ground and up inspired me to work hard every day. I don’t have time to slack because my business relies on me to consistently work every single day. It’s worth it though. All of the hours of work I put in to my business has taken care of me for more than six years now.

The most important part of building a teaching business is to always stay working. There are days where you’re not going to have much work to do, but try to remember that there is always something that you are able to do every day. I remember two instances in my life when I knew that constantly working was important. The first experience I had was when I was laying in my bed. I was a college student at the time. I didn’t like working and frankly, I had never worked before either. My dad stopped by my room and told me that I needed to do something. I was watching tv shows on my phone all day and never accomplishing anything. My peers were working on the resumes, studying, and accomplishing much more than I was. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t let myself turn into that type of a person. I need to work and I knew I needed to work harder.

The next instance in my life where I knew that I needed to work harder was when I barely had ten students in my teaching roster. I didn’t know how to recruit new students. I decided to post in neighborhood groups on facebook that day. I made my own flyers and I put them in every facebook group that I could find. The entire endeavor took more than an hour. I was tired and exhausted. I had never worked so much just for marketing. In the next two hours of posting, I received ten new students. It took time to make a flyer, write a bio, and post them everywhere. If I hadn’t done that, I would still be teaching only ten students a week. I would have never gotten more business.

There will always be something more that you can do to expand your business. A teaching business requires more of your time than a normal job would require. As long as you love teaching and you know that this is what you want to do, you will want to do the work. It won’t be draining because you love doing it. I hope this has helped a fellow teacher with their teaching business. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.