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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Making Recital Prep Fun & Quirky For Students

Recital prep can be a stressful time for students & their families.  The pressure to play things perfectly can lead to tears & parents wondering if it’s all worth it.  NOT what we want on their mind around registration season.  Instead, wouldn’t it be great to keep things light & fun while you prepare students for the recital? Yes!

I’ll be sharing my top 3 tricks that lead to smiles, lots of practice & happy families!

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Spring Into Studio Registration With These Easy Tips!

When I first began my studio, I looked high & low for studio registration tips. Can you relate? After all, no one wants to spend more time than they have to admin. But, there are times when a little creative admin needs to happen to balance studio registration (which can be stressful) with having a semblance of work-life balance.

This article is all about the essential docs you’ll need & how to best get that ready so studio registration becomes oh-so-easy! It’s all about taking that goodwill & transferring it into renewed contracts for the fall (or summer depending on your studio).

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Re-registration: It Starts Before You Think

It’s that time of year.  Crunch time.  Recitals, summer camps (if you are holding them), and studio re-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 new possibilities & ideas can become reality.

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How 21st Century Female Composers Challenge the Status Quo

Unlike previous generations, the stigma of being a female composer is gone.  So it could be easy to assume that contemporary female composers are not challenging the music industry’s status quo.  This is far from the case!  In fact, women today are challenging not only the music industry but societal expectations of women in general.

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3 Surprising Reasons To Include Women Composers In Our Studios

March is “Women in History” month & as I was researching women in music history it was absolutely fascinating.  There is a lot of fantastic music out there by both men & women (plus those that don’t identify with either gender).  So, why should we specifically include women composers in our repertoire rather than just looking for great music?  The quick answer is that it’s too easy to fall into routines, mindset patterns or even ignore our blindspots (which since we are “blind” to them is understandable). Here are 3 surprising, non-music reasons to include more women composers in your studio.

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How To Use Digital Escape Rooms in Your Music Studio

Time flies during lessons, doesn’t it? This is why my favourite approach is to use activities that check a lot of boxes. Multiple concepts? Tweaks my students’ interest? Saves me prep time? When I use digital escape rooms, specifically escape rooms using Google Forms, they check all those boxes.

These have become a student-favourite in my studio & for good reason!  But, knowing how can we use digital escape rooms when lessons already seem jam-packed can be a struggle.

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