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It's the most wonderful time of the year …

Right around this time, Staples always seems to have a commercial with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” playing in the background.  I tried one year to sing the song while in Staples with my kids.  While they didn’t have frowns on their faces, they certainly didn’t join in.  But, it did seem…

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Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill …

Back in my early years of teaching, one of my bosses pulled me aside one day and said,  “Rosemarie, I don’t want you to be a great teacher.  I want you to just be a good enough teacher.”  Now, this is not normally what you would expect your boss to say regardless of your profession.…

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With These Piano Parent Stickers… Home Practice is Sure To Improve! — Teach Piano Today

Each year, I try to help my students practice more efficiently.  But, the fact of the matter is that without parent involvement there is only so much I can do.  Especially with my youngest students who are unable or struggle with reading my (fabulous) practice notes. Once my kids entered school, I developed a whole…

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Recital Prep … the countdown!

Our year-end recital is in T-minus 8 days & I am in full-on prep mode! It’s a busy time of year for everyone & there are a lot of things to get ready beforehand. So, after I realized (once again) that my stressing wasn’t solving anything … I made a list! And, then I got the biggest items done over the first week. I was crazy tired by the end, but I am quite sure my shoulders dropped a good 3 inches. Here is the list of projects I am working on as well as where to get everything you need to be recital ready for your studio.

Professional DevelopmentThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

The Skills I Never Thought I Would Need to Learn

The last 2 weeks have been a blur of coding, hosting issues & catch-up on my ever growing to-do list. Turns out that having computer issues does NOT mean everything else miraculously gets done. But, it did get me thinking about the skills sets I never dreamed I woluld need to learn.

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Just Ask Jennifer- Live #2 — Music Educator

Last week, Jennifer was back for the second installment of “Just Ask Jennifer”. During this short (15 minute) Facebook Live session, Jennifer answers questions that teachers have submitted. And, while I enjoyed the first session, I found this last week’s focus on lesson planning to be very timely.

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Work/Life Balance … Does it actually exist?

When I first started my business I vastly OVER-estimated my ‘free’ time & vastly UNDER-estimated the time I needed to complete basic administrative & teaching tasks (let alone projects). My twins were going into preschool 3 mornings a week & I thought, “Great! I have all this free time & can take on more students. Easy!” The reality was that I didn’t accurately budget my time. So as you go through registration for your studio, how can you find a semblance of balance?

Student retentionUncategorized

Registration: It starts before you think

It’s that time of year.  Crunch time.  Recitals, summer camps (if you are holding them), registration all get put on top of our regular responsibilities.  On one hand, it’s an exciting time of new possibilities & ideas.  On the other hand, it’s stressful wondering if the finances are going to work out so those new…