I just finished emailing the parents of my new students. Kind of a, welcome to my studio, here’s who I am kind of deal, since the students were assigned to me by administration. Telling them what their student needed to bring to the lesson, asking what email address they preferred that I use, and giving them all of my contact info. I also emailed my department head my schedule. That made me feel crazy responsible. But it gets better.
After I oh so industriously typed up my schedule and emailed the parents, I decided that I would type up a practice contract that my students are going to sign. I signed one every year from first grade through high school graduation. In it I detailed how much I would practice a day for a total amount during the week. Like, my senior year, I practiced 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for a total of 15 hours a week. This allows some flexibility in the schedule in that they can miss days and still meet their requirements. I find that practice contracts generally help the student to feel in charge of how much they are practicing, while emphasizing the importance of regular practice. I then created the practice log that they will have to fill out and have signed weekly.
Crazy. I feel so grown up. And responsible.
Tomorrow is also my first day on the job with YOSA. We’ll be working budgets and making organizational decisions. It should be fun. Maybe I’ll finally start to feel like a working adult, instead of a college student on break. Maybe not, but, maybe.