It has been a little over a year since my husband and I moved to Ohio from Michigan. I have been thinking a lot lately about what it was like to relocate and start a studio from scratch in an unfamiliar area. I’m sure some of you have been through this too, or will be going through it soon — perhaps my reflections can be of encouragement to some of you! Here is what I learned from the experience:
- FACT: It may take more time than you would like to build a studio from scratch. It helps to make small goals. Calculate how many students you need in order to break even financially, and make that your goal first. Then, you can raise your goal to your preferred amount of students.
- FACT: The time it takes to build a piano studio REALLY depends upon the need for it in an area. If you move somewhere where piano teachers are scarce, you could have a full studio in no time at all. If you move somewhere where there seem to be enough or an over-saturated amounts of teachers, it can take more time.
- FACT: It is easy to feel down about only having a few students, especially when you feel that you are doing everything right. It is not easy to be patient. Continue reading “Reflections of a Relocated Piano Teacher”