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Creating Balance … When Your Studio is Extra Busy

There are certain times of the year that keeping a balance between my studio & personal life seems almost impossible.  Between registration, recital & end of year projects, creating balance is a challenge.  Good thing I like a challenge. Below are 5 ways you can create balance for yourself … even when your studio (or…

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How to Give Your Students Choice in Repertoire

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly which piece would give your student practice with a concept?  Without spending precious prep time looking through a bookshelf?  AND … to give your students choice in their repertoire. It seems like too much to ask from our bookshelves, right?  And yet there is a way to quickly…

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How I Went From Stressed Out Teacher to Successful Studio Owner

If you have read The Unfinished Lesson for awhile, you may have noticed that I write quite a bit about balancing priorities & creating a studio environment that works for the individual teacher. So, why am I so passionate about this topic?

This is my journey from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner!

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Top 2 Tips For Making Your Studio Policies Work

Making Studio Policies Work for You

There has been quite a lot of talk about policies in the music teaching feeds lately. While I don’t think ‘one size fits all’, I would argue that the majority of teachers want to be seen for the professionals that they are. How individual teachers & studios go about this is different which is what makes our studios unique.

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"How do you know my child is progressing?" I’m glad you asked!

Click here for Student Growth Plans!

Maybe it’s my special needs teaching background.  Maybe, it has to do with teaching at private schools.  Or, maybe I just feel a deep desire to be organized (or at least feel like I’m mostly organized).  Whatever the reason really is, each summer I make annual student growth plans.  Why would I subject myself to…

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5 Biggest Challenges Teaching Preschoolers

Teaching preschoolers

Teaching preschoolers brings it owns joys & challenges.  The hugs are a-mazing!  And, the smiles are the best kind of infectious.  But, there are certain behaviours that can leave teachers wondering what happened at the end of lesson.  And, perhaps needing a big nap. We have twin boys & oh how I remember how exhausting…