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Professional DevelopmentReflectionsUncategorized

I don't have a hobby. I have a boutique studio!

Your vision for your studio may change over time and that’s okay. My starting vision of having a studio that consistently improves has new offerings for clients hasn’t changed. But, the evolution of that vision is drastically different from what I had originally planned. I opted to have a boutique studio!

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

What On Earth Was I Thinking?

Combined with all the back to school preparations, it was natural to look back on the previous years of school … both my kids in school & my growth as a teacher. At this point, we are now on the 11th & 12th teachers for our kids. They have all done well with our kids, but not all have done well with us as parents. And, I realized at the end of last year that the ones that didn’t do well with us as parents reminded me of someone I know very well. Myself as a beginning teacher. What on earth was I thinking?

ProductivityStudent ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

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…

ProductivityProfessional DevelopmentStaying HealthyThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

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.…

Student retentionUncategorized

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…

RecitalsUncategorized

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.