Lazin’ Around … Teacher Style

Whether over the Summer or another season, it’s important to take regular breaks. But, it’s SO hard when you teach or run a studio. Right?

Oftentimes, 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 (more than 1 – 2 weeks) of doing nothing that just doesn’t work for me.

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Take It Outside! Easy Outdoor Music Lesson Ideas For Your Studio

How many times do you catch your students (or maybe even yourself) gazing out the window wishing they weren’t stuck at the piano?  Let’s stop fighting a losing battle & give our students what they want with easy outdoor music lesson ideas!

Towards the end of a semester, it’s all about keeping our students engaged until the very last lesson.  What if I told you that you could have an educationally sound, music filled lesson … outside?  Yes!

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Keeping Students Engaged to the Last Lesson

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).  But, keeping students engaged to last lesson can be challenge.

Or, perhaps your June looks a little more like our home …

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Saying Goodbye to Students Regardless of the Situation

While June is a natural break in the school year, it seems inevitable that we will be saying goodbye to some students as they leave the studio … even during the regular academic year.  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.)

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Help! My Student Doesn’t Have Their Recital Song Mastered.

It’s that time of year & many studios are working towards one goal.  Making sure students have their recital song mastered.  Or, songs depending on the size of the studio.  Sometimes I wonder who is more stressed before the recital: the teacher or the student. And, I think that it all depends on how soon the recital is.

Do you have a student that procrastinates on their songs until the last minute?  And, then struggles to master them in the last week or two before the recital?

We all know how that turns out.  The student typically chokes during the performance, audience members try to be supportive (though with all the stops & starts it’s a challenge), & the recital starts feeling like a chore to everyone that attends.

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How to Host a Virtual Recital: Part 2

Hosting a virtual recital, much like an in-person recital, has many moving parts.  The nice part is that many of these parts are the same regardless of the format! After hosting my first in-person recital … & the sheer exhaustion afterwards, I’ve been on a mission to plan a recital without stress. Thankfully it has become much easier over the years & I’ll be sharing the tips & tricks that have made planning much, much easier.

P.S. This is part 2 of a series covering virtual or online recitals.  Be sure to read about choosing the right type of virtual recital & marketing or to clients/teachers in Part 1. Just like this article, you can use the ideas for in-person recitals when you are trying out something new in the format or activities.

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