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ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Setting Up a Routine Before Lessons Start

Setting up a routine BEFORE lessons start

Setting up a routine is important for having a successful year.  Not only does it ensure we make time for the concepts we want to teach, it makes time for when we need to step back and let our students lead.  For our special needs students, a routine can be the thing that makes piano lessons a safe and enjoyable part of their week. How are you getting ready for back to lessons?

Learning songsStudio ResourcesUncategorized

How to Introduce Chords to Students … Without Losing Their Interest

Introducing Chords to Students

Chords are the backbone of music.  Yet, how many of us take the time to teach our students about chords?  Not as part of their technique exercises or on a theory page, but as an element that makes a song … well, a song.  And, how many times do we sing chords so we can play chords?

ProductivityResource ReviewThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

The Apps I Just Can’t Live Without (Business Edition)

The Apps I Can't Live Without

The right app makes all the difference, right?  And while I’ve written about the apps I use in my studio while teaching, I haven’t shared the apps I just can’t live without for the business side of my studio.  That’s about to change!

Resource ReviewUncategorized

How to Coach Our Students (and Clients)

How to coach our students (and clients)

While we may teach piano (or other instruments), coaching students and clients is a big part of our jobs.  It’s when we work with our students, rather than give them all the answers, that they have the most growth.  It’s when we work with our clients that we have the best relationships and outcomes.  And yet, have we really learnt how to coach our students and clients?

ReflectionsUncategorized

Should We Let Students Make Mistakes … or Correct Everything?

Should we let students make mistakes or correct everything?

As I watched my kids complete some of their daily tasks I got to thinking about teaching, of course.  I wondered, “Should we let students make mistakes or should we correct everything right away?”  My thinking has changed over the years, both in teaching and parenting.

Resource ReviewUncategorized

Let’s Play From the Heart

Playing From the Heart

One of the things I have changed about my practice time in the last few weeks is to create instead of imitate. Rather than play repertoire by other composers, I play from the heart. It’s been eye opening how much I’ve had to say musically!

Then, on a rare trip to my office this week, I found a book that a student gave me which reminded why this is so important.

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.