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Group LessonsStudent retentionUncategorized

Don’t Fight the Lure of Outside

Don't fight the lure of outside ... move lessons there!

‘Tis the season for final school projects and tests, outdoor sports, mosquitoes, and trying to convince the kids there is a reason to give full effort until the last day of lessons.  It can feel a little like herding cats … in a room full of rocking chairs.  Don’t fight the lure of outside!  Let’s take lessons from the piano to where students want to be and give them the change of pace they are craving.

ProductivityProfessional DevelopmentThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Collaborating With Our Community of Teachers

Collaborating with our community of teachers

It can be easy to feel like what we do in our studio has nothing to do with the community of teachers around us.  After all, they aren’t at our lessons each week with our students.  They aren’t making decisions that effect whether our clients continue each year.

But, I would disagree with this sentiment.  I think that what we do in our studios each year can have a big impact on our community of teachers.

ProductivityReflectionsUncategorized

The Recital Is Over … Now What?

The Recital Is Over - Now What

Having a studio recital is a lot of work.  And, it’s completely worth it.  But, you may be thinking, “The recital is over … now what?” Maybe you are feeling burnt out or “burnt out adjacent” (the feeling of don’t-add-anything-more-because-I-am-JUST-barely-able-to-get-everything-done).  I was definitely feeling burnt out adjacent in the last few months.  And, our studio…

ProductivityResource Review

Does Design Have to Be Complicated?

Does Design Need to Be Complicated?

When I first started my business, I couldn’t help but wonder “Does design have to be complicated?”  I knew that I needed to have good looking materials for prospective clients.  But, I also knew that I was spending way to much time on materials that looked like an elementary school child created them.  Sigh.
Then, I found a solution!

RecitalsUncategorized

Help! My Student Doesn’t Have Their Recital Song Mastered!

What do we do when a student has not mastered their recital song?

In the next few weeks, I will be getting everything ready for our spring recital.  And, I’m sure the same is for many of you.  However, the most important part is the students performing!  They are the stars of the show & having their recital song mastered is a must. Do you have a student…

Student ProgressStudent retentionUncategorized

Rhythm Warm-Ups That Get Students Off the Bench

With the end of the year just around the corner (or so it seems), many of our students will be getting a bit wiggly on the bench, perhaps a bit teary-eyed at staying inside on a sunny day, and in general wanting to do something just a little bit different.

One of the favourite warm-up activities we did in my studio this year was rhythm warm-ups. I wanted my students to feel a steady pulse as they played piano, but I also wanted them to improvise with rhythms so when they saw them in their music it was easier to recognize. I wanted a warm-up that kind of did it all. This week, I am sharing the warm-up with you!

ProductivityResource ReviewThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Google Drive: How to Create Folders & Add Documents

With registration starting on Monday, I have spent the last few weeks ensuring that everything is ready to go & as easy as possible for my clients. Part of this is creating family folders in Google Drive. For each family, I add documents throughout the year so parents can access them & get an overview of what they child(ren) are doing in piano lessons.
This is a how-to video on how create folders & add documents to Google Drive.

Music LabProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Organizing Your iPad: Creating Folders & Moving Apps

Moving apps & creating folders

When you have a lot of apps on your iPad, organizing them is essential for finding apps efficiently during lesson & keeping students focused during lab time. While you could just search the iPad for the app you are looking for, there is a much easier way! In this how-to video, I will show you…