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When to Launch a New Group Singing Class

When it comes to your scheduling of new projects or studio offerings, do you ever feel behind, like you missed the boat? It’s often said that timing is everything, and that is the case in many circumstances. But what if your timing isn’t the same as everyone else’s?

Voice teachers can feel a lot of pressure to have their offerings coincide with the academic calendar. But timing doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all when it comes to the voice studio!

Over the course of my 30-year teaching career I have taught in five states in the US, coast to coast. The school year starts anywhere from early August to after Labor Day in numerous regions around the US. And while the start of a new academic calendar is often a great time to re-establish the private studio routine, I have found that offering group classes can benefit from a slightly different scenario.

Both parents and voice teachers know how overwhelming the start to a new school year can be, especially for younger children. Any change in routine can take several weeks to accommodate, and potentially can be longer for children who are neurodivergent.

Fortunately for voice studios, a group singing class can be a wonderful addition to a child’s activity offerings at different times throughout the year! My teacher clients are often seeking my advice about when the best time is to start up a new singing class. I thought it might be helpful to outline some various scenarios, broken down by season (you can shift to similar times for your own area if not in the US), for those whose timing is different than what aligns with the typical school year, along with some of the benefits for these various options.