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Let’s Play From the Heart

Playing From the Heart

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.

ProductivityResource Review

Does Design Have to Be Complicated?

Does Design Need to Be Complicated?

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!

ProductivityResource ReviewThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Google Drive: How to Create Folders & Add Documents

With registration starting on Monday, I have spent the last few weeks ensuring that everything is ready to go & as easy as possible for my clients. Part of this is creating family folders in Google Drive. For each family, I add documents throughout the year so parents can access them & get an overview of what they child(ren) are doing in piano lessons.
This is a how-to video on how create folders & add documents to Google Drive.

Professional DevelopmentResource ReviewUncategorized

An Unexpected Gem (Resource Review)

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.

Resource ReviewUncategorized

Are student practice ailments getting you down?

We all have student ailments that drive us a little (or a lot) bonkers. No matter how many times we tell a student to lift their wrist, relax their hand, or drop their shoulders (a common one heard from my teacher when I was a teenager) … a few moments later the problem seems to pop up. It’s a frustrating situation for the student and for the teacher.
What to do? Read more for my resource review of a book sure to help you AND your students!

Music LabResource ReviewTravel TeacherUncategorized

What iOS 11 Means For Music Educators

The big music education news on social media these days is all about the apps that no longer work with iOS 11.  I’m one of the lucky ones with only about 30 apps that no longer work with the new update.  Some teachers are finding that there are even more apps that will no longer work! What is a teacher to do?