A Chance to Recharge

This will be the last post of 2016. It has been a wonderful year of sharing ideas &, hopefully, helping you in your teaching & business side of your studio.

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Student (and Family) Gifts in 3 Easy Steps

I love the look on my client's faces when I give them their Christmas gifts! It is a small way to show appreciation for welcoming me into their homes week after week, supporting their child(ren)'s music education, & being all out awesome. Every year, there are so many cute/inspirational/crafty/amazing gift ideas for students. This is not about those ... though I will put links to some of my favourites at the bottom of this post. This is about getting those gifts ready as quick as possible so you can get back to your eggnog/cider/mulled wine!

Rockin’ Around the Rhythm Tree at the Christmas Group Party

Last week was "group lesson week" at the studio.  For me, this meant planning activities that would keep my students begging to come back.  For my students, it meant coming to my home for a different kind of lesson & hanging out with my other students. With Christmas coming up, we set up the tress … Continue reading Rockin’ Around the Rhythm Tree at the Christmas Group Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … except when it isn’t

Years ago, I was a junior high teacher at a special needs school. It came with lots of joy when a student would have a breakthrough behaviourally, developmentally, or academically. But, it also came with its challenges. While most students eagerly await winter break & the change in routine, for many special needs students this can be a time of stress. At the school, we always knew that December & June were going to be tough months for both students & teachers. For students, the upcoming change in routine tended to lead to anxiety, more frustration with routine tasks, & a big focus on what the new routine over the holidays would be. For teachers, it required a lot more patience & an eagle eye as we did our best to keep things from escalating. How do we help our piano students transition to the upcoming winter break?