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. Continue reading “How To Use Digital Escape Rooms in Your Music Studio”
I have a deep, dark secret. I haven’t spent nearly enough time on music history in my studio. But, it’s something I wanted to change so I rounded up 6 music history group lesson ideas that students love … & are easy to plan!
(For those of you familiar with The Classical Classroom, you may be laughing. It might be one of the best intros to a podcast I have ever heard.) Continue reading “6 Awesome Music History Group Lesson Ideas That Students Love”
I had no idea just how much time I was spending on prepping for lessons. Until I started to track it. Isn’t it funny how that works out? At that point, I challenged myself with how to reduce prep time regardless of whether I was teaching in-person or online. Continue reading “How to Reduce Prep Time (Even When You Teach Online)”
It can sometimes feel as if your studio is taking over every aspect of your life, right? Especially in the early days or when you are expanding your studio quickly. But, this is not what you signed up for.
Back when I taught in the school system, I would routinely work 60 hours a week. At certain times of the year, those hours would bump up to 80 hours per week. One of my uncles pointed out that 80 hours was impossible during the workweek. I asked why he thought I was only working Monday to Friday. Sound familiar?
When you work those kinds of hours it’s hard to feel like you have time for anything other than your studio. And, when this happens it can lead burnout. Or, even closing down your studio for good. Continue reading “What to Do When Your Studio Takes Over Your Life”
Teaching music online can have its challenges. However, being more effective during online lessons doesn’t have to require a tech degree. With a few simple tweaks, I’ve discovered how to get through just as much, if not more, moving online vs. in-person.
While I’m giving examples through the lens of online lessons, these tips will work just as well if you are teaching hybrid or in-person music lessons! Continue reading “Tips To Being More Effective While Teaching Online Music Lessons”
February can bring images of worksheets with pink & red hearts. But, it’s also a great time to plan an epic Romantic music group lesson! If I can have an excuse to tweak lessons a bit I am quite happy to change it up. The kids’ eyes light up & they quickly forget that they’re still learning. But, what should you do if you have students that don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do they have to be left out? No! Continue reading “Bring Romantic (Music) Back For an Epic Valentine’s Group Lesson”
A mindset shift. Such a simple solution … that at the same time can seem so frustrating at the moment. Especially when it’s been one of those weeks. Right? And yet, there are some easy steps we can take to make this possible. Continue reading “A Powerful Mindset Shift When It’s Been One of Those Weeks”
As teachers & studio owners, avoiding overwhelm is about finding the joy of teaching each day. We want to create the best experience for our students & their families. But, there are times when that backfires. Especially during times of change. Instead of fun & joy, our days are filled with a series of tasks that “have” to get done. Our minds are filled with judgement or worry that we aren’t living up to what others are offering in their studios. Continue reading “Avoiding Overwhelm By Focusing On The Wonderful Joy Of Teaching”
This is a time of year that many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions & are struggling to keep up with them. The yoga (or gym) classes tend to shrink in size as people find life too busy to keep up the habit. I know this because I have been that person in the past more times than I care to admit. But, settling into a routine doesn’t have to be like this. Continue reading “Settling Into a Routine … Again”
“New year. New you.” Oftentimes, we start with great intentions to be more creative or more organized or have more balance. And, we put pressure on ourselves to sacrifice over the long-term for professional & personal growth. But, what if it doesn’t have to be this way? Continue reading “Do I Have To Be a “New Me” This Year?”