I recently received an email from my local gardening store reminding me that now is the time to divide my irises. I love to garden, but I don’t always do the right things at the right times. For example, this summer my husband and I moved some shrubs around in our front garden on the hottest day in June and scorched those shrubs to within an inch of their lives. But happily, they seem to be coming back to life.
I have a file in my computer titled “Task Calendar”. This is very helpful as I go throughout the year to remind myself that I should send a note to parents about the upcoming recital, or order Christmas books, or remind parents about spring break, etc. Usually I remember these things on my own, but you never know when brain block will hit.
At the end of July I sent out an email regarding scheduling for the fall semester. So the past few weeks have been filled with working out scheduling for 35 students. It’s a rather daunting task. Thankfully I think I have everyone in place and I will even be able to have dinner with my family every night!
Next week is the first week of the fall semester in the studio. My task calendar tells me to send an email to each family with the following:
- Reminder of lesson day and time
- Date of the first lesson
- What to bring to the first lesson
- How to reach me if you are unable to come to a lesson
- The studio policy (sent as an attachment)
- The lesson calendar for the year (sent as an attachment)
- Tuition costs
- Payment plans
- A warm welcome to new and returning students
I have also been busy preparing a new reward system for the year, updating the weekly assignment page to support the goals of the new reward system, and updating the studio website.
The students’ studio binders will be given a new front cover insert and cleaned out at the first lesson.
So there are a few things to do!
I love the freshness that comes with a new school year – setting new goals and planning a year of recitals and activities that will hopefully motivate and inspire my young musicians.