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In Praise of Incrementalism

We are getting into the 3rd month of a new school year & it’s feeling … well, not so new anymore. Routines are set (or not set depending on your point of view). The weather may be changing, but unfortunately it also tends to lead to dropping many of those awesome routines we have set in place back in September.

Then, I listened to a podcast that go me thinking … how can I help my students (& myself) stay motivated during a time of year that lends itself more to snuggling on the couch with a cup of tea & a good book, rather than sticking with our routines & goals?

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Time Management For Traveling Teachers

It seems like we never have enough time in lesson to get everything covered, let alone anything remotely close to resembling everything.  Between ensuring that our student truly can play that new section independently, parents needing (or wanting) to talk with us, or any of a million other situations, time has a way of rushing…

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Setting Up a Music Lab: Lessons Learnt

Anytime we try something new, there is always a time of transition. This year, my students & I embarked on a new way of doing things in our studio. Granted, we always do something new each year … but, this year it was a BIG one. Setting up a travelling music lab.

After 3 weeks, I thought I would share the successes, the surprises (good & bad), the tweaks, & lessons I have learnt so far. Thankfully, overall the transition has been amazingly smooth & overwhelmingly positive.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year …

Right around this time, Staples always seems to have a commercial with “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” playing in the background.  I tried one year to sing the song while in Staples with my kids.  While they didn’t have frowns on their faces, they certainly didn’t join in.  But, it did seem…

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Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill …

Back in my early years of teaching, one of my bosses pulled me aside one day and said,  “Rosemarie, I don’t want you to be a great teacher.  I want you to just be a good enough teacher.”  Now, this is not normally what you would expect your boss to say regardless of your profession.…

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The Skills I Never Thought I Would Need to Learn

The last 2 weeks have been a blur of coding, hosting issues & catch-up on my ever growing to-do list. Turns out that having computer issues does NOT mean everything else miraculously gets done. But, it did get me thinking about the skills sets I never dreamed I woluld need to learn.

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Just Ask Jennifer- Live #2 — Music Educator

Last week, Jennifer was back for the second installment of “Just Ask Jennifer”. During this short (15 minute) Facebook Live session, Jennifer answers questions that teachers have submitted. And, while I enjoyed the first session, I found this last week’s focus on lesson planning to be very timely.

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Work/Life Balance … Does it actually exist?

How to Create Work-Life Balance

When I first started my business I vastly OVER-estimated my ‘free’ time & vastly UNDER-estimated the time I needed to complete basic administrative & teaching tasks (let alone projects). My twins were going into preschool 3 mornings a week & I thought, “Great! I have all this free time & can take on more students. Easy!” The reality was that I didn’t accurately budget my time. So as you go through registration for your studio, how can you find a semblance of balance?

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Checking In With the Masses (or at least your studio)

How do you know which changes you will make for the next academic year?  More importantly, do you know how your clients will react to them?  While teaching piano is a pretty stable career choice, this time of year can be a little stressful in figuring out who will re-enroll & who will be moving…