It’s that time of year. Crunch time. Recitals, summer camps (if you are holding them), registration all get put on top of our regular responsibilities. On the one hand, it’s an exciting time of new possibilities & ideas. On the other hand, it’s stressful wondering if the finances are going to work out so those…
This morning was a whirlwind of activity at the house. After ensuring everyone here was ready for a morning filled with learning, I was glad when I finally got to sit down with my tea & listen in on experts sharing great ideas for teaching theory, reading, technique, & artistry in playing.
It was wonderful to start off with “Groove Your Theory” & move into “Rote Teaching in the Development of Reading, Artistry and Technique”. What did I learn?
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!
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.
I hope that this long weekend is filled with great times with family & friends! Happy Easter from me to you.
Ah, daylight savings. How we love the extra sunlight at the end of the day. And, loath the lost hour of sleep. Overall, it’s been a great week of student-led conferences, talking with parents about last weekend’s group lesson (kids loved it), & listening to some really inspirational podcasts. The downside? Exhaustion. How can 1…
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…
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.
This is the last installment of the MusicEdConnect 2016 recap. We will be looking at technical elements, developing rhythm in Latin American pieces, engaged learning, & a controversial approach to teaching.
It’s been a busy week at the studio & I am really looking forward to looking at more sessions today with you from the MusicEdConnect conference! There is something about re-looking at all the amazing information shared by the presenters that gets my creative flow going.