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?
We all have student ailments that drive us a little (or a lot) bonkers. No matter how many times we tell a student to lift their wrist, relax their hand, or drop their shoulders (a common one heard from my teacher when I was a teenager) … a few moments later the problem seems to pop up. It’s a frustrating situation for the student and for the teacher.
What to do? Read more for my resource review of a book sure to help you AND your students!
How many times have you had a student tell you, “I wasn’t sure what to do.”? With further questioning, it wasn’t so much that the student didn’t know WHAT to practice. They didn’t remember HOW something was supposed to sound and didn’t have the confidence in their skills to figure it out on their own.
For a song, it’s not a problem to hop over to YouTube and find a version of the song. But, what if that isn’t quite the right solution?
Read more for my review of the app that my students and I keep coming back to!
Music Learning Theory (also known as MLT) is quickly becoming a buzz word in music education. But, what is it?
See how it looks in my studio and what types of clients LOVE this approach.
Halloween often is an interesting time in the studio with the excitement for trick or treating, the sugar rush (and crashes) from all the candy, plus all the accompanied redirecting that goes into a lesson. It can be exhausting for everyone.
This year, I decided to go with it and embrace these challenges! If you can’t fight ’em, join ’em.
As the weather changes there are a few things that need to change for us as travel teachers. This is your guide to have the best fall ever in your studio!
I LOVE reading blogs and follow quite a few so that not a day goes by in which I am not exposed to a new idea or way of doing something. It keep me excited about my chosen profession … teaching music!
Here are a few new (to me) resources that will bring fresh ideas to your teaching!
There are several really great features with the new iOS that I am looking forward to delving into more & will help my productivity both in lessons and during planning. This is your list of the top iOS 11 features for music educators!
The big music education news on social media these days is all about the apps that no longer work with iOS 11. I’m one of the lucky ones with only about 30 apps that no longer work with the new update. Some teachers are finding that there are even more apps that will no longer work! What is a teacher to do?
Well, it is week 3 of school & one of my kids has a cold. We are having more soup as a family & everyone is upping the ante in order to keep the cold from spreading. Except my son who has the cold & has taken to absentmindedly leaving Kleenex lying around on all the surfaces. Sigh. This is Part 2 of my top 12 tips to stay healthy during the academic year.