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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…

RecitalsUncategorized

Recital Prep … the countdown!

Our year-end recital is in T-minus 8 days & I am in full-on prep mode! It’s a busy time of year for everyone & there are a lot of things to get ready beforehand. So, after I realized (once again) that my stressing wasn’t solving anything … I made a list! And, then I got the biggest items done over the first week. I was crazy tired by the end, but I am quite sure my shoulders dropped a good 3 inches. Here is the list of projects I am working on as well as where to get everything you need to be recital ready for your studio.

Professional DevelopmentThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

The Skills I Never Thought I Would Need to Learn

The last 2 weeks have been a blur of coding, hosting issues & catch-up on my ever growing to-do list. Turns out that having computer issues does NOT mean everything else miraculously gets done. But, it did get me thinking about the skills sets I never dreamed I woluld need to learn.

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Just Ask Jennifer- Live #2 — Music Educator

Last week, Jennifer was back for the second installment of “Just Ask Jennifer”. During this short (15 minute) Facebook Live session, Jennifer answers questions that teachers have submitted. And, while I enjoyed the first session, I found this last week’s focus on lesson planning to be very timely.

ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Work/Life Balance … Does it actually exist?

When I first started my business I vastly OVER-estimated my ‘free’ time & vastly UNDER-estimated the time I needed to complete basic administrative & teaching tasks (let alone projects). My twins were going into preschool 3 mornings a week & I thought, “Great! I have all this free time & can take on more students. Easy!” The reality was that I didn’t accurately budget my time. So as you go through registration for your studio, how can you find a semblance of balance?

Student retentionUncategorized

Registration: It starts before you think

It’s that time of year.  Crunch time.  Recitals, summer camps (if you are holding them), registration all get put on top of our regular responsibilities.  On one hand, it’s an exciting time of new possibilities & ideas.  On the other hand, it’s stressful wondering if the finances are going to work out so those new…

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

A Groovy Kind of Morning

This morning was a whirlwind of activity at the house. After ensuring everyone here was ready for a morning filled with learning, I was glad when I finally got to sit down with my tea & listen in on experts sharing great ideas for teaching theory, reading, technique, & artistry in playing.
It was wonderful to start off with “Groove Your Theory” & move into “Rote Teaching in the Development of Reading, Artistry and Technique”. What did I learn?

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

My teaching community: Finding support in a solitary career

This week, I was struck by how fortunate we are to live in a time when it so easy to collaborate & ask for help from other educators from around the world. Especially when, as much as I love teaching piano, it can be a very solitary career. We spend lots of time with students, but not necessarily a lot of regular time with other professionals. Here are some of the inspirational & thought-provoking podcasts, blog posts & Facebook groups that really struck a chord with me this week. I hope that they prove to be just as useful for you!