I really love piano teaching. There’s very little about it that I don’t love, but one of the things I could do without is the headache of scheduling students every fall. There seems to be no way around doing it the hard way – starting anew each year to accommodate all of the changing after-school commitments. Because my students have overlapping lesson times due to a computer lab, I prefer to schedule them myself rather than to allow them to sign up on their own for available times. Having one brain in charge of that process just works better. So, I spend a lot of time contacting parents trying to arrange something that works reasonably well for everyone.
Thankfully, I managed to get all of the old and new students scheduled this time with minimal problems. The biggest problem actually did not come from my students but from discovering that my daughter’s ballet school had made a typo on the schedule they gave to parents last spring. The class time that I had signed up for and paid a deposit for and scheduled my whole piano teaching life around was not the actual class time. We all had to scramble to adjust. It was a lesson to me to double and triple check the information I give to parents because I experienced first-hand how difficult it can be for working parents to make changes after they’ve arranged their lives around a lesson time.
All of that to say that I guess this time of year just requires lots of patience and understanding all the way around. How do you handle scheduling?