piano parentsProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Making Up Can Be Easy To Do

This is a time of year when many families have more than ever on their plates. Not only are all the regular extra-curricular events going on, but there are a multitude of additional activities families are expected to attend. One client put it perfectly. “We have everything scheduled and balanced just right. Then, December comes along & all the changes wreak havoc on the delicate balance we had going.” December is the month we seem to sprint to vacation.

With all of these additional student and family commitments that come up during December, is it any wonder that parents ask for makeup lessons? But, how do you handle these requests without overloading your own schedule?

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!

Learning songsStudent ProgressUncategorized

The Practice Tool You AND Your Students Want

How many times have you had a student tell you, “I wasn’t sure what to do.”?  With further questioning, it wasn’t so much that the student didn’t know WHAT to practice.  They didn’t remember HOW something was supposed to sound and didn’t have the confidence in their skills to figure it out on their own.
For a song, it’s not a problem to hop over to YouTube and find a version of the song.  But, what if that isn’t quite the right solution?
Read more for my review of the app that my students and I keep coming back to!

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?