ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Lazin' Around … Teaching Style

Over the summer, I like to make a list of tasks that I want to accomplish before the rush of a new school year starts. While I like to relax as much as the next person, there is something about extended periods of doing nothing that just doesn’t work for me.
Rather than making a big list (like I usually do), this year I thought I would focus on big-picture goals or ideas that I could easily get into … once the euphoria of lazing on the deck wears off.
Here are the resources that will help me reach those big picture goals!

Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

Top 8 Music Education Resources

Okay! Last lessons have been taught, recital is over, and schedule is done (or, as close to done as it will be)! What’s next? A little bit of time to recharge and then … well that’s up to you.
Over the summer, my brain is ready to absorb new information and reading gives me ideas of how I want to approach things for the new year! Here is my top list of books and articles that have either inspired me, taught me something new, or just make the list based purely on awesomeness!

Music LabStudent ProgressUncategorized

Theory for Summer-On-The-Brain Students

Theory for Summer-On-The-Brain Students

Last week, we looked at the Dreaded June Slide. It’s that time of year where it is oh-so-easy to just let go & coast to end of the month. But, is that really what’s best for our students?

Regardless of whether your studio runs on regular schedule, holds group lessons, has summer camps, or takes a complete break over the summer months, it’s important to recognize that our students need something different right now. They are tired, both mentally & physically. Plus, with end of year exams, projects, outdoor sports & more out-of-town activities on the weekends … it really isn’t a wonder that our students, their families, & perhaps even us, as teachers, need a change.
These are the apps & activities my students are doing this month to ensure they are summer ready for whatever they choose to play!

Group LessonsProductivityStaying HealthyTravel TeacherUncategorized

The Dreaded June Slide

The Dreaded June Slide

June. The weather is perfect for dinners on the patio, a fantastic fruity drink in hand, kids running around with their friends not to be seen for hours, visiting with friends in the extended evenings & relaxing in the sun (or shade, if you burn like I do).
Or, perhaps your June looks a little more like our home & you are ready for summer to be here.
These are the signs that your students or you are done … & what to do to keep the excitement going until the very last lesson.

Student retentionThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Getting the Best Clients

Getting the BEST clients

I am sure we all have horror stories of ‘those’ clients. The ones that seem to truly think that we sleep under the piano bench, our schedule only involves their family, or our policies don’t actually apply to them. We might love the kids, but the drain of week after week of unreasonable and last-minute requests catch up quickly.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Here is a 3-step process to ensure that you get the BEST clients for your studio!

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…