Hello everyone! I have been struggling with scheduling lessons for the upcoming year. To give you some background on my situation: I am a full-time mama, wife and homemaker and I love teaching piano lessons. I teach only in the after-school hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6 to be exact. I can't teach much later since my preschooler and toddler start to get ready for bed around 7. The latest I could teach is 6:30.
In the spring I am also the music director/assistant director for a local high school's spring musical. I love theatre as much as I love teaching piano. Rehearsals are typically from 3:30 - 5:30 Monday through Friday. They begin the final week of February and rehearse the months of March and April with the performances occurring at the end of April.
Since it's impossible to be in two places at once, I have been trying to figure out the best way to continue both teaching and directing. Last year I didn't have many students as I just started teaching again (I took a break to have some babies.
) so I arranged with the high school that I could not be at Wednesday lessons and taught Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. This worked fine - I don't think it was ideal. Occasionally we had Saturday rehearsals for the show so then I needed to reschedule lessons.
Ideally, I would love to do something different but just as beneficial for the students during musical time but not teach regular lessons during those two months. Some options I've been considering are:
-doing one longer lesson at the beginning of both months and a mini-recital type event at the end of the month to give them an opportunity to work on a piece by themselves - learning and perfecting
-something as simple as lessons every other week
Just wondering if anyone else needs to balance lessons with something else and how you do it. If you don't have to, do you have any suggestions to share?