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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…

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How 21st Century Female Composers Challenge the Status Quo

How 21st Century Female Composers Challenge the Status Quo

Unlike previous generations, the stigma of being a female composer is gone.  So it could be easy to assume that contemporary female composers are not challenging the music industry’s status quo.  This is far from the case!  In fact, women today are challenging not only the music industry but societal expectations of women in general.

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Why We Should Include Women Composers in Our Repertoire

Why We Should Include Women Composers in Our Repertoire

March is “Women in History” month & as I was researching women in music history it was absolutely fascinating.  There is a lot of fantastic music out there by both men & women (plus those that don’t identify with either gender).  So, why should we specifically include women composers in our repertoire rather than just…

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Maximizing Effectiveness During Online Music Lessons

Maximize Effectiveness During Online Music Lessons

Teaching music online can have its challenges.  However, maximizing effectiveness during online lessons doesn’t have to require a tech degree.  With a few simple tweaks, I’ve discovered how to get through just as much, if not more, moving online vs. in-person.   While I’m giving examples through the lens of online lessons, these tips will work…

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What to Do When Parents Don’t Want to Be Online

What To Do When Parents Don't Want To Be Online For Music Lessons

There are times when in-person lessons are not the best option.  The two most common are when someone is sick or the road conditions make travel dangerous.  For some families, the idea of doing online lessons (even if only for emergencies) brings out an adamant NO.  What do you do when parents don’t want to…

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How to Choose the Best Resources For Online Teaching

Choosing the Best Resources For Online Teaching

Whether it’s every once in a while or all the time, choosing the best resources for online teaching is important.  Having the right tools & resources for your studio & situation is key to making the most of limited prep time.  We all want the time & energy to pursue things outside of our studios,…