It seems that our city is experiencing a teacher shortage. It amazes me how a studio can grow from one year to the next, even without active advertising- word of mouth works wonders! This year I find myself overwhelmed with students to the point where I am trying to refer them to other teachers, and they are swamped too.
I am taking on some students for a teacher friend of mine, which is maxing out my student capacity for this time in my life. Even so, it's more than double what I had last year. My husband will love me when it's time to babysit while I teach. :) (Just kidding- he fully supports what I do!)
Just when I thought things were settling into a schedule, my neighbour approached me. He is a piano teacher also, and lives at then end of our street. "Do you want some more piano students?" he asks, and then explained why he needed to refer his students. "I have 10," he said. Gulp!
I'm also seeing a trend in the music academies in our city. Some of our music stores have studios on the upper floor, and guess what? They are short on teachers too. A teacher friend of mine got a call from them just before I asked her if she wanted some of the ones coming my way. For various reasons, some of the teachers in our area (including myself) are not keen on recommending students to the music schools. But what to do with all these students?
I have had to resort to a "first come, first served" policy. I leave slots available for our church people, but for the general public, I still can't get over the fact that I am turning students down.
Thoughts for discussion: Teachers, how do you handle a rush of students? Who do you refer them to? Do you recommend your city's local music schools?