It is incredibly important to take regular breaks. Running a studio means staying focused on your business is also a must. What to do? 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 …
As I head into the new year, I have been looking back. Setting goals is a wonderful thing, but unless we have a clear vision they just become yet another thing on the to-do list.
For this month’s resource review, I decided to focus on a resource for parents. It is important to keep in mind our piano parents as we make decisions for our studio. How can we support and educate them to make piano lessons a positive experience for the whole family?
Read more for my review of an unexpected gem.
I LOVE reading blogs and follow quite a few so that not a day goes by in which I am not exposed to a new idea or way of doing something. It keep me excited about my chosen profession … teaching music!
Here are a few new (to me) resources that will bring fresh ideas to your teaching!
This is the first in a new series of book reviews on the blog.
Lately, I have been wondering about the role of repetition in both lessons & practice time. In my own practice, it has been enlightening to see the natural patterns I fall into. Especially since some of them, as a teacher, I really do know better. As a teacher, it’s painful sitting through a song that once again a student has obviously put NO thought into during a week of incorrect practice. (“Why is the starting note still incorrect?” “I didn’t realize.” “It was written in bold on your practice page.” “Huh.”)
Owning a business can be exhilarating & rewarding. But at times, the reality can be overwhelming & frustrating when we are unsure of the right choice to make or whether to continue to follow through on the choices we have already made.
I’ve made some great decisions over the years. And, I’ve made mistakes. But, how can we make those hard choices that best fit our studio?
Every year, I find that I have 2 New Year’s. One begins in September & goes through the academic year. The other follows a more ‘grown-up’ route of starting in January. Both lead to many resolutions & ideas. Both are instrumental in my growth professionally & personally. And the only way I found to make …
Your vision for your studio may change over time and that’s okay. My starting vision of having a studio that consistently improves has new offerings for clients hasn’t changed. But, the evolution of that vision is drastically different from what I had originally planned. I opted to have a boutique studio!
Combined with all the back to school preparations, it was natural to look back on the previous years of school … both my kids in school & my growth as a teacher. At this point, we are now on the 11th & 12th teachers for our kids. They have all done well with our kids, but not all have done well with us as parents. And, I realized at the end of last year that the ones that didn’t do well with us as parents reminded me of someone I know very well. Myself as a beginning teacher. What on earth was I thinking?
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.