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!
As we get close to the end of June, it's natural to have some students leaving the studio. Sometimes, it's due to a move away from the area. Other times, priorities or financial situations have changed & lessons are no longer an option. And, other times ... well, perhaps we are breathing a sigh of relief after a tough year with a particular family. (Though hopefully this last one is a rare occurrence.) How can we say goodbye in a manner that leaves everyone positive?
Let's Get Outside! Instead of students gazing outside wishing they could be there ... move those music lessons from the piano to the backyard with these easy ideas!
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!
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.