Music LabThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Setting Up a Music Lab: Lessons Learnt

Anytime we try something new, there is always a time of transition. This year, my students & I embarked on a new way of doing things in our studio. Granted, we always do something new each year … but, this year it was a BIG one. Setting up a travelling music lab.

After 3 weeks, I thought I would share the successes, the surprises (good & bad), the tweaks, & lessons I have learnt so far. Thankfully, overall the transition has been amazingly smooth & overwhelmingly positive.

Professional DevelopmentReflectionsUncategorized

I don't have a hobby. I have a boutique studio!

Your vision for your studio may change over time and that’s okay. My starting vision of having a studio that consistently improves has new offerings for clients hasn’t changed. But, the evolution of that vision is drastically different from what I had originally planned. I opted to have a boutique studio!

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

What On Earth Was I Thinking?

Combined with all the back to school preparations, it was natural to look back on the previous years of school … both my kids in school & my growth as a teacher. At this point, we are now on the 11th & 12th teachers for our kids. They have all done well with our kids, but not all have done well with us as parents. And, I realized at the end of last year that the ones that didn’t do well with us as parents reminded me of someone I know very well. Myself as a beginning teacher. What on earth was I thinking?

Student ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

"How do you know my child is progressing?" I'm glad you asked!

Maybe it’s my special needs teaching background.  Maybe, it has to do with teaching at private schools.  Or, maybe I just feel a deep desire to be organized (or at least feel like I’m mostly organized).  Whatever the reason really is, each summer I make an annual growth plan for each of my students.  Why…

ProductivityStudent ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

It's the most wonderful time of the year …

Right around this time, Staples always seems to have a commercial with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” playing in the background.  I tried one year to sing the song while in Staples with my kids.  While they didn’t have frowns on their faces, they certainly didn’t join in.  But, it did seem…

ProductivityProfessional DevelopmentStaying HealthyThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill …

Back in my early years of teaching, one of my bosses pulled me aside one day and said,  “Rosemarie, I don’t want you to be a great teacher.  I want you to just be a good enough teacher.”  Now, this is not normally what you would expect your boss to say regardless of your profession.…

Student retentionUncategorized

With These Piano Parent Stickers… Home Practice is Sure To Improve! — Teach Piano Today

Each year, I try to help my students practice more efficiently.  But, the fact of the matter is that without parent involvement there is only so much I can do.  Especially with my youngest students who are unable or struggle with reading my (fabulous) practice notes. Once my kids entered school, I developed a whole…