Students love apps. They don’t typically love practice time though. So, what are the best apps for practice time? P.S. This list will not cover online programs (i.e. Tonara, etc.) since each teacher has a different system for running their studio.
Simultaneous Learning in the Piano Studio | Does it sometimes seem like there is not enough time to cover EVERYTHING in lessons? And with limited time, how do we have students simultaneous learning multiple concepts?
As a teacher we have a brand. As a studio owner we have a brand. And, we need that brand to fascinate our ideal studio clients. How do we do this in a busy, busy world?
How we learn. That’s what we, as teachers, really want to know because it lets us know how to best teach.
The right app makes all the difference, right? And while I’ve written about the apps I use in my studio while teaching, I haven’t shared the apps I just can’t live without for the business side of my studio. That’s about to change!
While we may teach piano (or other instruments), coaching students and clients is a big part of our jobs. It’s when we work with our students, rather than give them all the answers, that they have the most growth. It’s when we work with our clients that we have the best relationships and outcomes. And yet, have we really learnt how to coach our students and clients?
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.
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!
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.
Whether it’s avoiding Murphy’s Law, wireless connections that aren’t always great, or just having a backup plan in place, a few simple tools can make your TV a great screen to show what is on your iPad!