Phil Schneider replied to the topic Any tips on handling extremely bad behaviour? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 5 months ago
Dont let students make your life a misery.Prioritise your own mental health. Does the next students lesson sufer because you are exhausted ? You are not a social worker on 50 k a year. If someone doesnt want to learn its time to suggest finding a more approprate teacher with specialised skills.
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Lesson Lengths – Do 45 Minute Lessons Really Work? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 7 months, 1 week ago
Since starting 45 minute lessons. I have found they are good for beginners but also I am liking the length for myself. Some students benefit from an hour for more indepth music. I only teach adults and Diane point is what I find. Work / family any thing else leads to cancelations. Also like Diane I can only keep saying 24 hours notice to cancel,…[Read more]
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Student retention. How many lessons do students take? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The point about adult learners Alan raises is interesting. I only take adults. The lack of time to commit is a common reason. Then lack of money. Also people move jobs or are travelling away for work regularly. Retirees are good. My figures are skewed because I have students who take a 10 lesson package subsidised by their employer. Then that…[Read more]
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Student retention. How many lessons do students take? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 9 months, 1 week ago
Any stats would be great. I need to start collating my own too. As my thread was a guesstimate.
Phil Schneider started the topic Student retention. How many lessons do students take? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Ideally students would start with me and have lessons forever. My estimate is about 30% of students have 5 or fewer lessons. 50% stay about 6 months 15 % 6 months to a year and the last 5 % over a year.I think i am going to have to start proper stats for this.
What does everyone else find ?
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Why are people finding lesson so expensive ? lesson prices and the economy. in the forum Music Teachers Forum 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Exactly Liquidity is the answer. When economic crisis hits liquidty is the biggest problem. It stops. To stop people sitting on money governments cut interest rates and print money and increase borrowing. The country is ran on paying back money in the distant future. I think this started in the 1700s we are still altereing the size of…[Read more]
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Why are people finding lesson so expensive ? lesson prices and the economy. in the forum Music Teachers Forum 10 months, 1 week ago
The more I read about how economies “work” the more frightened I get.
A recent lesson enquiry ended
“I’m gonna stick to you tube thankyou for getting back to me I’ve done ok so far.i didn’t realise that guitar lessons were so expensive”
I charge £25 p/h about the average really.
A cancellation this week was in essence Im short of money can I postpone for 2 weeks.
How much should a lesson cost. If we say the…[Read more]
I was conatacted by someone with two adult children wanting tuition the final message was this
I can only make the payment through my credit card at the moment. Oh and the private driver will be holding us down, he was unable to set up a merchant account and I want my kids to get their training started as soon as possible. I’d be glad if you…[Read more]
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Lesson Lengths – Do 45 Minute Lessons Really Work? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 1 year, 1 month ago
I think the price point thery is correct having two price point gives more options. I am having a higher uptake ot this 45 length. Suitable for beginners too.
Not mentioned is if I can fit in an extra student it means the dreaded cancelations are a smaller percent of lost income.
Phil Schneider started the topic Lesson Lengths – Do 45 Minute Lessons Really Work? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 1 year, 5 months ago
I introduced two lengths 60 or 45 minutes lessons. I now have more 45s. I cant figure out if i get more students paying less or fewer students paying more. Would the 45 minuters have gone elsewhere or would they have paid for the 60mins Anyone got similar experiences ?
They want to make cash obsolete to take a % of all transactions the cashless soceity will cost more. Other reasons are to make you leave an audtiable trail remember hmrc can check and freeze your accounts and seize your money if you havent paid tax oh and you can go to jail for not declaring taxable income
I use izettle but avoid it. What happens…[Read more]
If you think the attitude is rottten tell them the debt will remain on file.Small claims court or at least the threat of legal action may change their perspective.You need signed paper work to show they agreed to the cancel policy. Write it off as bad debt in your accounts. You need to factor non payment into your business model
Phil Schneider replied to the topic How does GDPR affect you as a music teacher? (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 1 year, 10 months ago
I have been handing out similar information to all students.
point 2. Arent the email service providers responsible for email security ? Besides not printing your password on your forehead or obvious self inflicted blunders.
Information Commissioner’s Office 486 employees and aroud 644 million active websites in the world. cant really see t…[Read more]
just had a non payer
This is my email
“It looks like you have been unable to attend the lesson you have booked for today. I havent received payment for the last lesson and now additionally this lesson. Please pay in the next 7 days. If you are unable to pay please contact me and I can look at writing of the debt. If I dont hear from you I will…[Read more]
You can write non payments as a bad debt in your tax return accounts. Most business have them
Anyone noticing a downturn. I am. Definately fewer new students and exsisting ones reducing frequency of lessons. Local guitar shop saying other teachers saying the same. Guitar sales low especailly new entrees to playing. Hate to be gloomy but the squeeze on income means less disposable income. Anyone seeing a big increase in taught students…[Read more]
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Has anyone tried Skype guitar lessons? (Guitar Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers Forum 1 year, 11 months ago
I have done one lesson Time delay is a problem(buffering) . No chance of playing together. ok for copy this lessons.
Phil Schneider replied to the topic Five tax returns a year coming soon (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 2 years, 1 month ago
Well VAT payments are made quarterly.”From April 2019 businesses above the VAT threshold will be mandated to keep their records digitally and provide quarterly updates to HMRC for their VAT”. Which music teachers generally dont need to do.they eventually want all tax to be like this.
“The first businesses have already started keeping digital…[Read more]
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