Take the Sweat out of August with a Freebie and a Super Hot Tip!
After you've worked hard to set the studio calendar, do families still seem to forget the dates of important studio events? Andrea West has a timely solution that will help you stay cool and avoid the heat that comes with this time of year. You'll want some of her lovely program designs to implement her tip. In addition, she has created some dynamite editable covers for your student binders, too. The good news? The downloadable binder covers are free with any purchase here at 88pianokeys.me! First, read her super tip below and then you'll want to check out her colorful recital covers.
It’s the hottest time of the year for many of us. And, for piano teachers everywhere, it’s when we start sweating over the scheduling of the fall semester!
We build slick calendars, we shuffle students around like a seasoned pro, we design gorgeous spreadsheets, and then we email everything to our families. Most of us feel inordinately accomplished when we are done. Especially because more often than not, only a few people have emailed back asking for a change or clarification.
But then you start to wonder if they even read your email. You get a text from one parent asking when the semester begins; another asks if there will be a fall recital this year. It was all in the email you sent out.You can send your emails, adding a “Request a Read Receipt”, or print all your documents and send them home with students during the first week of lessons, but chances are you will still have a good number of parents asking about recital dates just weeks before your concert. It’s enough to make you get a little hot AND sweaty, too!
This year I decided to do what brides have been doing for years. I’ve created Save The Date magnets. It’s such a simple solution; I don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago. Using the same cover art that I will use for my program cover, I imported it into VistaPrint.com. For less than $1 per magnet, I have a beautiful 4”x5”recital reminder that will most likely reside on refrigerators in all my families’ homes.
For those who enjoy doing crafts, you could easily print as many as four to a page, laminate them, attach a magnet to the back, and create your own Save The Date refrigerator magnet.
For the super crafty teachers out there, it would be cute to design a clothes pin to look like a snowman or scarecrow. Then, simply attach a magnet to the back, and families can clip your reminder to their fridge.
The possibilities are endless, but in the end you’ve not only created a fun and unique keepsake, your families are sure to remember the date of the recital!
Make sure to take a peek at all of Andrea's designs for Fall, Christmas or Winter theme recitals. Did you know that she also creates black and white designs to color? Check them out here.
To get your freebie, go shopping at the Piano Teacher Planning Center and fill up your cart with at least one program cover (and any other product) and then when you view your cart, there will be a pop up window inviting you to take advantage of the free gift.
Make sure to check the small box on the image and then
click "ADD GIFT" and the free download will appear in your cart.
Stay in touch and stay cool,