ReflectionsStaying HealthyUncategorized

How I Went From Stressed Out Teacher to Successful Studio Owner

If you have read The Unfinished Lesson for awhile, you may have noticed that I write quite a bit about balancing priorities & creating a studio environment that works for the individual teacher. So, why am I so passionate about this topic?

This is my journey from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner!

piano parentsThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Top 2 Tips For Making Your Studio Policies Work

Making Studio Policies Work for You

There has been quite a lot of talk about policies in the music teaching feeds lately. While I don’t think ‘one size fits all’, I would argue that the majority of teachers want to be seen for the professionals that they are. How individual teachers & studios go about this is different which is what makes our studios unique.

Student ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

"How do you know my child is progressing?" I’m glad you asked!

Click here for Student Growth Plans!

Maybe it’s my special needs teaching background.  Maybe, it has to do with teaching at private schools.  Or, maybe I just feel a deep desire to be organized (or at least feel like I’m mostly organized).  Whatever the reason really is, each summer I make annual student growth plans.  Why would I subject myself to…

The admin side of teachingUncategorized

Saying Goodbye to Students

Saying goodbye to students

As we get close to the end of June, it’s natural to have some students leaving the studio. Sometimes, it’s due to a move away from the area. Other times, priorities or financial situations have changed & lessons are no longer an option. And, other times … well, perhaps we are breathing a sigh of relief after a tough year with a particular family. (Though hopefully this last one is a rare occurrence.)
How can we say goodbye in a manner that leaves everyone positive?

ProductivityThe admin side of teachingTravel TeacherUncategorized

The Best Productivity Tool For Busy Teachers

The Best Productivity Tool For Busy Teachers

I LOVE checklists, to-do lists, call-it-what-you-want lists.  But, what I don’t like is all the small slips of paper or post-its hanging out on my desk.  Or, having to choose my purse size based on whether my to-do notebook fits inside with everything else.
I know that Google Keep has changed the way that I handle my to-do list substantially. This is my review of the app & how it can improve your productivity!

ProductivityRecitalsStudent ProgressThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

5 Ideas To Avoid Teacher Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout

At this time of year, I am always torn between finishing out the year with a bang & wanting to get going on next year’s plans. So this week, I wanted to share the articles & ideas that kept my excitement up … during a time of year that typically leads to burn out.

Staying HealthyTravel TeacherUncategorized

Top 12 Tips To Stay Healthy This Year: Part 2

healthy schedule & routine

Well, it is week 3 of school & one of my kids has a cold.  We are having more soup as a family & everyone is upping the ante in order to keep the cold from spreading.  Except my son who has the cold & has taken to absentmindedly leaving Kleenex lying around on all the surfaces.  Sigh.  This is Part 2 of my top 12 tips to stay healthy during the academic year.