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Professional DevelopmentUncategorized

My teaching community: Finding support in a solitary career

This week, I was struck by how fortunate we are to live in a time when it so easy to collaborate & ask for help from other educators from around the world. Especially when, as much as I love teaching piano, it can be a very solitary career. We spend lots of time with students, but not necessarily a lot of regular time with other professionals. Here are some of the inspirational & thought-provoking podcasts, blog posts & Facebook groups that really struck a chord with me this week. I hope that they prove to be just as useful for you!

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.

Admin for StudiosStudent retentionUncategorized

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…

Admin for StudiosProductivityUncategorized

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…