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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.

ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

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…

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

A Groovy Kind of Morning

This morning was a whirlwind of activity at the house. After ensuring everyone here was ready for a morning filled with learning, I was glad when I finally got to sit down with my tea & listen in on experts sharing great ideas for teaching theory, reading, technique, & artistry in playing.
It was wonderful to start off with “Groove Your Theory” & move into “Rote Teaching in the Development of Reading, Artistry and Technique”. What did I learn?

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My teaching community: Finding support in a solitary career

This week, I was struck by how fortunate we are to live in a time when it so easy to collaborate & ask for help from other educators from around the world. Especially when, as much as I love teaching piano, it can be a very solitary career. We spend lots of time with students, but not necessarily a lot of regular time with other professionals. Here are some of the inspirational & thought-provoking podcasts, blog posts & Facebook groups that really struck a chord with me this week. I hope that they prove to be just as useful for you!

Staying HealthyUncategorized

Having a whisper of a good time

It’s been a few years since I have lost my voice, but this week I lost my voice. I suppose I could have called in sick, but none of my students would have heard me on the video lesson anyway. What to do?

It may seem like the death-toll to a week’s worth of teaching, but (thankfully?) I have been in this situation before so I had some ideas of what to do. I dusted off the cobwebs & used several of the same strategies this week. Ironically, many of them are just good everyday teaching practices.

Student retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Checking In With the Masses (or at least your studio)

How do you know which changes you will make for the next academic year?  More importantly, do you know how your clients will react to them?  While teaching piano is a pretty stable career choice, this time of year can be a little stressful in figuring out who will re-enroll & who will be moving…