5 Steps to Jumpstarting your 2021 Spring Lesson Load
Freelancer // Public School Lesson Instructor
New Year, New Opportunities! Let's grab you a cup of coffee, latte, or lemonade and start getting geared up for this 2021 spring season of teaching! Take a look at these five steps to either find some motivation, information, or reminders on what to get done before teaching your first round of lessons this semester.
1. Mentally Prepare
Again, grab your beverage of choice, pick out a nice work environment, and maybe some tunes to jam to. This will only take an hour or two, but if you put in the work now, you won't have to do it later. Here's what you're going to needed:
Bell schedules/class details for ALL the school's you teach at
Find Parent/Student contact information
Think about your Lesson Pricing/Policy
Think about your COVID-19 Contingency Plan
2. Get Organized
Find an organization system that works for you and your studio needs. If this is just part-time teaching with only a handful of students each week, then you may not need to do all of this. If your lesson load is 20+ clients each week, then I'd try your best to get most of these points ironed out.
Draft up a lesson info handout for parents/students
Draft reminder emails that will be blasted out (Our Omnis Studio Management System can also do that for you)
Create/freshen up your lesson contract
Make sure to include something about online lessons, what platform you use, etc
Have a COVID safety plan (this will help parents/students feel safe and secure)
Have a contingency plan (a just in case plan… what if we have to shut down schools or move back to virtual for some reason)
3. Prepare your Roster
Here's where things start to become more concrete. Start putting your game plan into action. Reach out to parents and start getting your schedule in place. This may take a week or so to completely fill, so stay patient and keep sending follow up emails throughout the week to prompt parents.
Reach out to current students/parents (if returning from last year or previous semesters)
Ask band directors if you can have a list of parent contact info for all students who aren't enrolled (without current lesson teachers)
Blast out emails and messages. Grab their attention! Be sure to include lesson pricing/policy, COVID contingency plan, and basic information about you and your studio
4. Build your Schedule
Here's my favorite part about freelance teaching: Being your own boss and creating your own schedule. While you're at the mercy of bell schedules and rehearsal times, you still get to have a say in what days and where you want to teach throughout the week.
Create a spreadsheet calendar. This will give you an overview of your weekly schedule of when you can and cannot teach.
Plug current students in first, then add newer students, try keeping lessons back to back to avoid any free space
Schedule your lessons into an online calendar like Google Calendar, iCalendar, or you use our very own Omnis Studio Management System.
Set reminders for yourself! (When to send payment reminders and when to teach)