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.

Professional DevelopmentResource ReviewUncategorized

An Unexpected Gem (Resource Review)

For this month’s resource review, I decided to focus on a resource for parents.  It is important to keep in mind our piano parents as we make decisions for our studio.  How can we support and educate them to make piano lessons a positive experience for the whole family?
Read more for my review of an unexpected gem.

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

Top 8 Music Education Resources

Okay! Last lessons have been taught, recital is over, and schedule is done (or, as close to done as it will be)! What’s next? A little bit of time to recharge and then … well that’s up to you.
Over the summer, my brain is ready to absorb new information and reading gives me ideas of how I want to approach things for the new year! Here is my top list of books and articles that have either inspired me, taught me something new, or just make the list based purely on awesomeness!

Learning songsProfessional DevelopmentReflectionsUncategorized

Play It Again, Sam!

This is the first in a new series of book reviews on the blog.
Lately, I have been wondering about the role of repetition in both lessons & practice time. In my own practice, it has been enlightening to see the natural patterns I fall into. Especially since some of them, as a teacher, I really do know better. As a teacher, it’s painful sitting through a song that once again a student has obviously put NO thought into during a week of incorrect practice. (“Why is the starting note still incorrect?” “I didn’t realize.” “It was written in bold on your practice page.” “Huh.”)