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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.

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.

ProductivityReflectionsUncategorized

The Recital Is Over … Now What?

The Recital Is Over - Now What

Having a studio recital is a lot of work.  And, it’s completely worth it.  But, you may be thinking, “The recital is over … now what?” Maybe you are feeling burnt out or “burnt out adjacent” (the feeling of don’t-add-anything-more-because-I-am-JUST-barely-able-to-get-everything-done).  I was definitely feeling burnt out adjacent in the last few months.  And, our studio…