We offer a variety of discounts to new students as a way to recruit as many as possible. The first lesson with any new student will be a 50% off trial lesson where you can meet the student, discuss their goals, and see if you are a good fit for each other. We cover the difference for all discounts, such as subscriptions, after the 50% off trial lesson.
We’ve found that trial lessons are the best way to get new students, but if you would like to stop offering trial lessons, please let us know. You will be paid $20/hour for trial lessons, and, when you feel that your studio is full, you can contact us to close your profile to new students.
The Benefit: We have a monthly advertising budget of $500-$1500 per teacher to promote you to potential students. However, many of these students and parents are skeptical, and the trial lesson is a great way to encourage them to have a first lesson. We have experimented with a variety of methods for making students more comfortable with this process and found that over 80% of students that purchase a trial lesson continue to become regular students.
We know it can be challenging to encourage students to continue, so we wanted to share some tips from some of our top teachers.
Here’s an example of a simple follow-up email from one of our teachers. Feel free to use this as a template or write your own:
It was great meeting you for our lesson today. I wanted to send you a quick summary of what we worked on and what I’d recommend working on for your next lesson.
Does the same day/time work for a lesson next week? If not, feel free to take a look at my scheduling page at virtu.academy/teacher/YourName. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything we worked on. I’m looking forward to working with you!
The goal of our cancellation policies is to ensure both students and teachers are compensated equally for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.
We will not let the student know that you had a choice to charge them for no-shows/cancellations, so you do not need to worry about impacting your relationship with the student. If you choose to let the student reschedule for free, we will tell them that you asked us to make a one time exception to the policy.
The teacher’s cancellation policy will also apply to themselves. If you need to reschedule a lesson greater than 24 hours before your lesson, please fill out the rescheduling form here. This form is crucial for our daily operations and makes sure that there are no gaps in communication.
IMPORTANT: In addition to filling out the reschedule form for any lessons you need to reschedule and/or cancel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure that the changes are appropriately made. This helps us keep our bookkeeping accurate when it’s time to send out teacher payments.
If your student is not in the lesson room after 5 minutes, please contact 202-919-8082. If you wait longer than 10 minutes before contacting us, we may not be able to charge the students’ cancellation fee to compensate you.
Please text or call 202-919-8082 with any other issues that arise during your lesson.
When setting up your profile, you indicated your general hours of availability for each day of the week. This block of time is, by default, available for students to book. Any events in the calendar you shared with us (such as work schedules, classes, practice sessions, etc.) will get blocked off in our scheduling software so students can’t book those times.
IMPORTANT: If you make an all-day event, Google will mark you as free, by default. Please ensure all-day events are marked as busy in the event’s settings. You may also email email@example.com to block off full days.
During the onboarding process, you’ll receive an invite to Bill.com. In order to receive payments for the lessons you teach, you’ll need to set up a Bill.com account.
As soon as you receive the invite, please set up your account as soon as possible so you don’t miss any payments.
Payments get sent out on the 1st and 15th of every month. If the 1st or 15th lands on a weekend or bank holiday, the payment will go out on the following business day. Once the payments are sent, you should receive them in 1-2 business days.
i.e. Any lessons taught from January 1st to the 14th would be paid on January 15th and lessons taught from January 15th to the 31st would be paid on February 1st.
We’ll send you a W-9 form to fill out so that we can send you a 1099 for tax season the following year. If you’ve given us a W-9 form but some information has changed since you filled it out, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can get a new form from you.
We recommend using a computer when teaching your lessons but if you have to use a smartphone or tablet, make sure that you download the Zoom mobile app. Click the original room link in the confirmation email to join your room.