Have you ever been frustrated about makeup lessons? There are a variety of ways teachers handle makeup lessons from not offering them at all to having to take extra hours planning them. Laura and Dave have solved make-up lessons once and for all!
Today, my guests Dave and Laura of LessonMate will give you strategies around another option where you can offer unlimited makeup lessons. Yes, unlimited makeup lessons through video.
We’re going to learn how the software works, its advantages, and how it can help you offer unlimited makeup lessons to your students.
- [03:18] A quick overview of their studio and teaching history.
- [08:40] Defining makeup lessons.
- [09:50] Current best and worst options for makeup lessons.
- [12:47] The catalyst behind starting LessonMate
- [14:44] How LessonMate works.
- [21:00] Advantages of LessonMate versus zoom.
- [24:52] Policies for missed lessons.
- [31:37] An example of a win from using LesssonMate.
- [32:56] Advice on changing policies
- [36:28] Special discount for TopMusicPro members.
Transcript of the show
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
About our Guest
Dave Hemann and Laura Porter have been private music teachers and freelance musicians for over 30 years. Dave graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Laura received her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Saxophone Performance and Literature and has also completed the Orff Schulwerk Levels 1 to 3. They’ve taught music in every imaginable situation and venue from universities to neighborhood schools and homes. In 2008, Laura and Dave opened the Bloom School of Music and Dance, which now serves over 800 students a week.
Thank you for tuning in!
Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.
If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.
Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.
I’ve been doing video lessons when students miss for years and and it is truly a win-win. *Highly recommend* I don’t call it “unlimited make-ups”, it’s just part of the studio benefits. Parents and adult students constantly thank me for being so “flexible” which cracks me up because I am just doing what they paid for. I took it one step farther this year and pre-recorded video lessons for one of the method books so if someone needs to miss, I already have a video of their pieces (for most students). I also repurpose “theory” themed video lessons for different students. For the pre-recorded videos, I do a short separate intro video that is more personal…. calling them by name, mention something in relation to why they are missing, giving them a brief overview of the video lesson, etc. Doing this has been a game changer! 🙂