Professional Development Milestone: Part 1

This year was a bit of a milestone in my professional development.  It marks the fifth year that I’ve attended MusicEdConnect!  Not only do I love geeking out with other teachers at this online conference, but breadth of topics covered each year keeps me inspired for months afterwards. So, what was this year like?  Well,…


How to Find Great Repertoire That Your Students Love

How to Find Great Repertoire Your Students Love

Look at your repertoire bookcases.  How did you choose the books that were placed there?  Hopefully, your shelves are filled with great teaching repertoire that your students love.  I’ve been sucked in by marketing (hello, “Peanuts Activity Book”) or purchasing a book because “my student already has this so I should buy it”.  And, I…


How to know your student is ready for harder repertoire

Is your student ready for harder repertoire?

How do you know your student is ready for harder repertoire?  When you teach exclusively from one method book, the answer is easy.  They completed the book.  When you pull options from many books (including ones that do not belong to a method book series) this line becomes a little more grey. This was one…

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Keeping Studio Information at Your (Digital) Fingertips

Keep Information at Your (Digital) Fingertips

Gone are the days when we could keep our information in file cabinets & bookshelves.  In today’s studio, we need digital information that can be accessed immediately. Today’s students & their parents are used to finding information with a quick search online. As a studio owner, if you have to search your shelves or file…

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How to Create a Curriculum Plan (Part 1)

How to Create a Curriculum Plan: Part 1

One of the hardest parts of being an independent instrument teacher is creating a curriculum plan.   When you know what to teach, it is so easier to guide students throughout the year so they make consistent progress. Unlike teaching in a school system, there is no governing board that determines what you will teach each…

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How to Give Students Choice … With Boundaries

How to Give Student Choices With Boundaries

Does the idea of giving up control in your studio make you nervous?  Giving students choice, with boundaries, doesn’t have to be hard. It means they play the music they love while you teach what needs to be taught. While it may seem like an all or nothing situation, giving students choice in your studio…