written before about the woes of scheduling lessons. It's my least favorite part of piano teaching because I want to please all of my students and still retain a workable schedule for myself and my child. It's just a messy process. Thankfully, it only lasts for a few days.
Having a child with her own extra-curricular activities is what makes it particularly difficult. My daughter studies piano with a colleague of mine, and also takes tennis lessons. For the last two years, I've depended on other moms in the tennis class to drive my daughter, but this year, we're graduating to private lessons, so I need to drive her myself. My choices are to fill up my afternoons with teaching and hire a driver or to leave a day free to drive my own child to her activities. I chose the latter. It's the only choice I can really live with, but it does make piano scheduling difficult!
This year, thanks to a coordinated effort from the tennis coach and the other piano teacher to set our lessons on the same day and thanks to my fabulous piano families who have all found a spot on other days (except for that one who hasn't called me back...honey, where are you?), we are finally set for fall and I am breathing easier.
One scheduling challenge that is cropping up for me lately is the tendency of most families to want later afternoon times. This is due to parents who work, school buses that run late, and activities that meet right after school. I'm not crazy about later lessons, especially for younger children who are quite tired by the end of the day, but I'm imagining that in a few years when my munchkin is older, I may end up setting some evening lessons for older students.
Fellow teachers, what are your scheduling woes and solutions?
Note: I've been MIA for a week or so while we have dealt with back-to-school shopping, a vacation, piano scheduling, and some major home renovation. I will be back on track with Monday Parent Tips next week!