One of the things I have changed about my practice time in the last few weeks is to create instead of imitate. Rather than play repertoire by other composers, I play from the heart. It’s been eye opening how much I’ve had to say musically!
Then, on a rare trip to my office this week, I found a book that a student gave me which reminded why this is so important.
No none wants to spend all of their vacation working on studio projects. But, no one wants to be flooded with work when they get back from vacation. So, what to do?
‘Tis the season for final school projects and tests, outdoor sports, mosquitoes, and trying to convince the kids there is a reason to give full effort until the last day of lessons. It can feel a little like herding cats … in a room full of rocking chairs. Don’t fight the lure of outside! Let’s take lessons from the piano to where students want to be and give them the change of pace they are craving.
Can you believe it is already June? Most years tend to fly by in a flurry of wonderful activities, milestones and celebrations. But this year feels like it went by even faster than normal. I hear that this tends to happen as we get older … I just didn’t realize it happened this quickly! Enjoy your last lessons before summer with these tips.
It can be easy to feel like what we do in our studio has nothing to do with the community of teachers around us. After all, they aren’t at our lessons each week with our students. They aren’t making decisions that effect whether our clients continue each year.
But, I would disagree with this sentiment. I think that what we do in our studios each year can have a big impact on our community of teachers.
Having a studio recital is a lot of work. And, it’s completely worth it. But, you may be thinking, “The recital is over … now what?” Maybe you are feeling burnt out or “burnt out adjacent” (the feeling of don’t-add-anything-more-because-I-am-JUST-barely-able-to-get-everything-done). I was definitely feeling burnt out adjacent in the last few months. And, our studio…
When I first started my business, I couldn’t help but wonder “Does design have to be complicated?” I knew that I needed to have good looking materials for prospective clients. But, I also knew that I was spending way to much time on materials that looked like an elementary school child created them. Sigh.
Then, I found a solution!
Recitals are front & centre for many studios at this time of year. It can be a stressful time, but it can also be an exciting time of seeing students go above & beyond what they normally would in their practice times. What if your recital had backing tracks for students to play with? How…
In the next few weeks, I will be getting everything ready for our spring recital. And, I’m sure the same is for many of you. However, the most important part is the students performing! They are the stars of the show & having their recital song mastered is a must. Do you have a student…
With the end of the year just around the corner (or so it seems), many of our students will be getting a bit wiggly on the bench, perhaps a bit teary-eyed at staying inside on a sunny day, and in general wanting to do something just a little bit different.
One of the favourite warm-up activities we did in my studio this year was rhythm warm-ups. I wanted my students to feel a steady pulse as they played piano, but I also wanted them to improvise with rhythms so when they saw them in their music it was easier to recognize. I wanted a warm-up that kind of did it all. This week, I am sharing the warm-up with you!