I have recently graduated with my masters, gotten married, and moved to a new city (exciting times)! People in the city (well-established but still fairly small) are finding out that my husband and I are both classically trained pianists, and we've had a lot of folks ask us if we teach piano. My main interest is performing (I like playing gigs, accompanying for people's lessons and recitals, etc.) but I have always assumed I would start teaching as well at some point.
I have a grand piano, but right now we are in an apartment where we can only have an electric keyboard, so my grand is staying at my parents' house some 70 miles away.
So if I were to teach, I would either need to travel to the student's house (assuming they have a piano...) or look into a music store in town which offers studio rental space for teachers. Our apartment lease runs out in about 5 months, at which point we are hoping to rent a small house where we can have the grand.
My other concern is that, while I have a bachelor's and master's degree, they are in performance, not teaching. I really don't have tons of experience with teaching although I have done a little bit here and there. I guess I'm not really sure where to start! I know I need to come up with a contract, studio policies, rates, etc. If I'm going to start teaching I want to do it in a professional and business-like manner, which is why I was hoping to put it off until we are able to have my grand and we can have a real studio set up in our home.
So my questions are, 1) what sort of things do you include in your contracts? (Cancellation/sick day policies, method/time of payment, rates, up-front costs such as method books, practice expectations, anything else?) and 2) would you advise for me to wait until we have our grand piano, or should I try and start these students as soon as possible?
Any other information, advice, or suggestions are welcome, too!