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Setting Realistic Schedule Expectations

With the first weeks back to teaching, it is time to settle into the fabulous-ness (perhaps not an official word, but one that describes how much I love my job) of lessons with my students!  As a teacher, a big part of keeping clients and students happy is setting realistic expectations for each person.  As a travel teacher, that list looks a little different because we need to set up realistic schedule expectations as well.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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Google Drive: How to Create Folders & Add Documents

With registration starting on Monday, I have spent the last few weeks ensuring that everything is ready to go & as easy as possible for my clients. Part of this is creating family folders in Google Drive. For each family, I add documents throughout the year so parents can access them & get an overview of what they child(ren) are doing in piano lessons.
This is a how-to video on how create folders & add documents to Google Drive.

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Organizing Your iPad: Creating Folders & Moving Apps

Moving apps & creating folders

When you have a lot of apps on your iPad, organizing them is essential for finding apps efficiently during lesson & keeping students focused during lab time. While you could just search the iPad for the app you are looking for, there is a much easier way! In this how-to video, I will show you…

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Essential Documents For Registration

Essential Documents For Registration

This last week, it was all about getting ready for fall registration in my studio.  While the weather outside may not say Spring, the process of looking at my registration packet feels like a time of renewal.  A chance to start fresh. When I first started my business, I had read the stories of frustrated…

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Making Up Can Be Easy To Do

This is a time of year when many families have more than ever on their plates. Not only are all the regular extra-curricular events going on, but there are a multitude of additional activities families are expected to attend. One client put it perfectly. “We have everything scheduled and balanced just right. Then, December comes along & all the changes wreak havoc on the delicate balance we had going.” December is the month we seem to sprint to vacation.

With all of these additional student and family commitments that come up during December, is it any wonder that parents ask for makeup lessons? But, how do you handle these requests without overloading your own schedule?