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Surprise your students with how fun music history can be!

Music History Group Lessons

I have a deep, dark secret. I don’t spend nearly enough time on music history in my studio. But, it’s something I want to change & have rounded up some tools to help do that!
This month, my students are delving into the interesting world of classical music composers. I’m giving you access to all the activities & materials I used to make this group lesson a success!

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What Do Your Clients Really Think?

What do your clients really think?

One of the best types of information we can have as business owners is, “What do our clients really think of us?”. This is the information that they share with others they meet, as well as provides the backbone for reduced churn rates & higher student retention … which leads to higher profits.
This is my guide to finding out what your clients REALLY think.

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Avoiding the Rotating Door Syndrome

Avoiding the Rotating Door Syndrome

This month on The Unfinished Lesson, we will be looking at ways to retain clients. With registration coming up in many studios, it is important to remind students & parents alike why they just HAVE to stay with you for another year.
Find out best tips for increasing your re-enrollment rates & tracking your success!

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Student (and Family) Gifts in 3 Easy Steps

I love the look on my client’s faces when I give them their Christmas gifts! It is a small way to show appreciation for welcoming me into their homes week after week, supporting their child(ren)’s music education, & being all out awesome.
Every year, there are so many cute/inspirational/crafty/amazing gift ideas for students. This is not about those … though I will put links to some of my favourites at the bottom of this post. This is about getting those gifts ready as quick as possible so you can get back to your eggnog/cider/mulled wine!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year … except when it isn't

Years ago, I was a junior high teacher at a special needs school. It came with lots of joy when a student would have a breakthrough behaviourally, developmentally, or academically. But, it also came with its challenges.

While most students eagerly await winter break & the change in routine, for many special needs students this can be a time of stress. At the school, we always knew that December & June were going to be tough months for both students & teachers. For students, the upcoming change in routine tended to lead to anxiety, more frustration with routine tasks, & a big focus on what the new routine over the holidays would be. For teachers, it required a lot more patience & an eagle eye as we did our best to keep things from escalating. How do we help our piano students transition to the upcoming winter break?

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Behind Every Successful Piano Student …

One of the lessons I’ve learnt as a parent is that I need to be more stubborn than my kids. While I am being a bit facetious, one of the things that has helped us immensely as parents doing our best to ensure our boys have a clear role in our family along with consistent, well-defined tasks. Part of that is being more stubborn than our kids.

I was reminded of this when I heard what I am dubbing as the ‘best quote ever on piano parenting’.

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With These Piano Parent Stickers… Home Practice is Sure To Improve! — Teach Piano Today

Each year, I try to help my students practice more efficiently.  But, the fact of the matter is that without parent involvement there is only so much I can do.  Especially with my youngest students who are unable or struggle with reading my (fabulous) practice notes. Once my kids entered school, I developed a whole…

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Registration: It starts before you think

It’s that time of year.  Crunch time.  Recitals, summer camps (if you are holding them), registration all get put on top of our regular responsibilities.  On one hand, it’s an exciting time of new possibilities & ideas.  On the other hand, it’s stressful wondering if the finances are going to work out so those new…

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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…