Monday, November 14, 2016

Growing a business

What a great day!  Lessons from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening.  An unusual day for me anymore, and reminiscent of my full studio in Severna Park.

Don't get me wrong.  I didn't teach straight through.  I had breaks in the day.  Breaks during which I could sit at the piano and play a Chopin Etude that I had learned in high school, among other things.  It's so enjoyable to pull out an oldie and have my fingers know what to do.  No longer Presto, but I do remember it.  Feels good.

When I planned this move to a smaller home in a new town, I had not anticipated quite so much down time.  I long for a full studio, a week full of days like this.  September has always been a worrisome month.  With schools back in session, the music season begins as well, but never with gusto.  The uncertainty of homework demands and sports schedules seems to take precedence over scheduling piano lessons.  Usually by October, my roster is full again.  This year things are a little slower.  I don't know many people here, my own children are grown and no longer in school, so I don't have that link.  Now that the sports season has changed, the clocks set back to standard time, and the election is over, I am seeing an uptick in queries which will hopefully lead to more names on the daily lessons roster.

Yes, today was a great day.  Tomorrow I make the trek back to Annapolis, where I still volunteer at the food pantry, and since I'm in the area, I still have a few in-home lessons.  These 2 days together are are great reminder of what I am capable of.  Now just to fill that roster.  I love what I do, and I do it well.