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Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill …

Staying Focused When You Just Want to Chill

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…

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The Recital Is Over … Now What?

Post-Recital Ideas: The Recital is Over. Now What?

Having a studio recital is a lot of work.  And, it’s completely worth it.  But, you may be thinking, “The recital is over … now what?”  Maybe you are feeling burnt out or “burnt out adjacent” (the feeling of don’t-add-anything-more-because-I-am-JUST-barely-able-to-get-everything-done).  Having some post-recital ideas to keep lessons engaging is a must.

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Help! My Student Doesn’t Have Their Recital Song Mastered.

Help! My Student Doesn't Have Their Recital Song Mastered

It’s that time of year & many studios are working towards one goal.  Making sure students have their recital song mastered.  Or, songs depending on the size of the studio.  Sometimes I wonder who is more stressed before the recital: the teacher or the student. And, I think that it all depends on how soon…

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Making Recital Prep Fun & Quirky For Students

Making Recital Prep Fun And Quirky

Recital prep can be a stressful time for students & their families.  The pressure to play things perfectly can lead to tears & parents wondering if it’s all worth it.  NOT what we want on their mind around registration season.  Instead, making recital prep fun & quirky for students leads to smiles, lots of practice…

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How Music Theory & Improvisation Can Be Taught Together

How Music Theory & Improvisation Can Be Taught Together

Music theory & improvising.  It’s important to have both in our teaching.  But, what is the best way to teach music theory? To avoid the mistakes of the past, music theory should above all be done in a timely, hands-on manner that ensures students see the connection between theory & application.  One of the best…