Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Referral Prizes for Students - Free Lesson Ticket

I am so excited to announce that my studio is full, at least for the moment! I'm going to take a month or two to get accustomed to my current teaching schedule and will begin adding more students in January. It has been a tremendously exciting couple of months! However, the previous two years living in a new and small rural town required a lot of hard work to build my studio.

This entry is not about all the marketing strategies I used to recruit new students because there are lots of other wonderful blogs out there about that (ComposeCreate, Color in My Piano, Music Matters Blog, and Notable Music Studio just to name a few!). This entry is about the prize I give to my current students for referring new students who enroll for lessons in my studio. The prize is given only when the new student enrolls for lessons. 

Just yesterday I had the privilege of offering this prize to one of my students. She was ecstatic to receive it! Here is what her prize included:

  • A $10 iTunes card
  • A ticket redeemable for one free lesson of the student's choice (duets, jazz, lead sheets, Christmas music, whatever topic the student desires), to be redeemed at a mutually convenient time

The free lesson ticket can be downloaded and printed out for use with your own students. I like to print mine on colored card stock. It fits perfectly in an envelope. I placed the ticket and iTunes card in the envelope and marked it "Special Delivery" and gave it to my student at the end of her lesson yesterday. It was a fun way to end the day!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

An Easy (and Inexpensive!) Way to Video Record a "Skype + Live" Recital

October 20, 2012, was my piano studio's "Happy Fall, Y'all!" costume recital, and seven of my pre-college students performed: one live via Skype from Louisiana, and six here in the studio in Virginia. I previously wrote about my Skype piano experiences here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

More Musical Spelling Bees: Treble & Bass

It was a pleasant surprise to find one of my handouts being used on Mrs. Q's Music Blog yesterday! The original Musical Spelling Bee was listed as one of her classroom resources that could be used when a sub was teaching for the day. Her class needed a spelling bee with only treble clef notes, so here are two more Musical Spelling Bees: Bass & Treble. Please enjoy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Fall, Y'all! It's a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt!

My parents are traveling from Mississippi to visit very soon, and one of the fun day trips we have planned is to enjoy a local pumpkin patch, complete with a corn maze, hay ride, field full of perfect orange pumpkins, and "punkin' chunkin'"! That trip gave me the idea to take the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, make a few changes, and offer it as an autumn-themed sheet that can be customized and used throughout October and November. The rules and directions are the same as for the original scavenger hunt. Instead of using an Easter basket to collect the eggs, students may use a Jack-'o-lantern or any other type of container for collecting the "pumpkins". Please enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Candy Corn Finger Numbers

Fall has definitely arrived in southwest Virginia! The muted yellows, oranges, and reds of the trees are deepening daily. Halloween candy is on sale in every store, and that makes me want to eat Candy Corn! However, instead of eating it, I decided to make a game of it for students who are learning and reviewing finger numbers. That's much healthier and more educational, don't you think? :)