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Summer is coming soon!!
What is your summer policy?
I changed my summer policy every year because I don't like it after I implemented it. So, this year, I am going to change again! I probably will change every year until I found one that I really like.
What is your summer policy? What works for you and what doesn't?
Let's share and learn from each other, thanks!!



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So far my summer policy has been completely ad hoc: people who want lessons schedule them, people who don't don't, and I feel free to schedule around other things I may have going on in the summer. I am clear with families that taking the summer off means slower progress overall, and more focus on piano over the summer leads to more progress.


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I require a minimum of 6 lessons in order for students to get priority scheduling in the fall (which generally means they get the same time they had last year unless they need to switch). I always follow this up with an explanation as to why I'm implemented such a policy. Students who do not have at least some measure of lessons over the summer do not practice as much and forget a lot. I can't tell you how many students who are fluent readers come back in September not knowing how to read a simple note on the staff if they take the summer off.


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Like your icon of Grieg. One of my students is working on Butterfly at the moment. What a fun little piece.

About summer vacation, I've decided that some fun in the sun and on the beach is my priority this year, and if students want a lesson, well, if I'm here, fine!


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Originally Posted by ezpiano.org
I changed my summer policy every year because I don't like it after I implemented it. So, this year, I am going to change again! I probably will change every year until I found one that I really like.

You change your summer policy every year? Do you do this to your existing students?

I wouldn't be very happy if my piano teacher keeps on changing policies every single year.


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I just let them go for 2 or 3 months! grin I know it's not great for piano playing, but this is what's going on with piano.

For my "special" students I do offer some ideas about summer classes and stuff, but so far nobody, apart from my grown up composition students, have reacted positively about this... heh...

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Originally Posted by John v.d.Brook
Like your icon of Grieg. One of my students is working on Butterfly at the moment. What a fun little piece.

One of my favorites!


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One year I started to feel guilty (because of those on this forum pushing for teachers to teach in the summer) wink and I almost lost my mind. So many cancellations, so many changed lessons, so many frustrations. For me anyways

So, I have suggested to students to play "Christmas" pieces over the summer. Go to the beach. If you can take the piano with you, more power to you!

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Hi,

My studio is year round with 40 lessons a year (out of a 52 week year). I have 7 weeks off in the summer; 1 week during 4th of July, 2 weeks my choice, and 4 weeks the students choice.

Students tuition is divided into 12 equal payments so I get the same income monthly regardless of attendance.

Most of the families don't take off for more than 4 weeks. Since I have an unlimited make up policy there hasn't been an issue. Rather I get several families that will pay extra to take more than 40 lessons a year.


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I have unlimited make up policy too.
I am trying to be very reasonable for all parties.
At this point, I still cannot find a way to balance the benefit for all parties.


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Ez,

I don't think its ever possible to make everyone happy. Some families have a problem with everything even if it is in their benefit. As long as you're happy and the majority of families are on board I think you've found something that works well.


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