Staying HealthyUncategorized

Having a whisper of a good time

It’s been a few years since I have lost my voice, but this week I lost my voice. I suppose I could have called in sick, but none of my students would have heard me on the video lesson anyway. What to do?

It may seem like the death-toll to a week’s worth of teaching, but (thankfully?) I have been in this situation before so I had some ideas of what to do. I dusted off the cobwebs & used several of the same strategies this week. Ironically, many of them are just good everyday teaching practices.

Student retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Checking In With the Masses (or at least your studio)

How do you know which changes you will make for the next academic year?  More importantly, do you know how your clients will react to them?  While teaching piano is a pretty stable career choice, this time of year can be a little stressful in figuring out who will re-enroll & who will be moving…

ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

To list rates or not list rates. That is the question.

Several weeks ago, I blogged about how I conduct market research in my area to ensure that my tuition rates are reasonable & competitive.  Last week, I began compiling data on the piano studios in my city.  While I haven’t completed my research, it brought up a compelling question for me.

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

The teacher becomes the student: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the MusicEdConnect 2016 conference I attended last week.  To read about the advantages of this amazing conference, read “The Teacher Becomes the Student: Part 1”.  I highly recommend purchasing the Replay Pass to watch videos of each presenter’s workshop!  Each of the 4-post series is about the workshops for a…