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TTTV038: Running Your First Summer Camp with Jennifer Foxx

By Tim Topham | Group Piano

Apr 22

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Launching your first Summer camp (or anything new!) can be daunting. If you haven’t run a camp or workshop before, it can be difficult to know where to start. What if you don’t have enough activities planned? How can you make sure all the kids have a great time?

Running a Summer camp can be a great asset for your studio. It can free up your Summer months while maintaining your regular teaching income, but it’s also extremely valuable for our students. Piano can be a lonely activity, and the more opportunities you provide to bring students together, the better.

Summer camps can also be a great time to learn all those things that we run out of time for in our weekly lessons. Whether you always want to include more theory, improvisation, composition or lead sheet playing; camps and workshops can be a fantastic opportunity to explore these things in more depth.

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Jennifer Foxx has been running piano camps in her studio for the last 20 years. She has come across any and all of the challenges you might face running your first camp, and she’s here today to share her experience and expertise.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Summer camps can give you the opportunity to explore different activities
  • The financial benefits of offering a Summer piano camp
  • How to get started with your first Summer camp
  • When to announce your camp details to parents
  • How Jennifer makes her camps mandatory for her piano students
  • Ideas for Summer camp themes
  • Legal and insurance aspects you may need to consider
  • Jennifer’s top tips for planning a camp

Today’s Sponsor

Are you looking for step-by-step guidance for creating your own piano summer camps and workshops this year? Are you new to the whole summer camp thing and unsure of how to get started? Want someone to help you?

If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.

The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.

Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.

Want to get 10% off the course today? Just click the button below to find out how.

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Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.

Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.

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Are you going to be running a Summer camp this year?

What’s the theme for your camp? What has been the biggest difficulty in planning your camp?

Did any of Jennifer’s ideas inspire you to do something a little differently?

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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