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After 12 years in business, Dave and I think we have hit upon the best way to do trial lessons.     Before I outline what we do, I will say what we don’t do and why.      All of what we DON’T do, we DID do for years.    BUT we changed to our current system 5 years ago and haven’t gone back.

  1. We don’t allow trial lesson students to join in in existing lessons, with Moms/ Dads watching because:

2.   We don’t allow children to join in lessons for 1 or 2 months for free or at a reduced rate because:

3.  What we DO do is trial lesson lessons (either solely or with other trial lesson students of the same level) .    This is the way it works:

 

In the trial lesson, I will:

*   Greet the child/ parents warmly and direct them where to sit // put their bags.

*   Check names, ages….

*   Give them a list of lessons that they can join after the trial.    Include on the list how many spaces in the class are available (1 space left—-better join now)   Showing parents the list before the trial is super important.    Have the parents thinking straight away about what day/ time they want to join.   Many times, parents have already decided they want to join our school and when I give them the list, they say (before they trial has begun), Airi will join the Monday 4:00.   And if they don’t already know which class they want, then they can be thinking during the trial when is good.  

A few notes:

This individual treatment does take time—-but the benefits are:

We don’t offer discounts for joining on the day.   I want students joining because they want to join, not because they feel pressured to make a decision.    I find 90 % of trial lesson students sign up anyway.     Most do sign up on the day, but a few will think about it and call in the next week. 

If you have any questions or comments, please write.   

Amy (Dave and Amy)

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