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How to Find Great Repertoire That Your Students Love

How to Find Great Repertoire Your Students Love

Look at your repertoire bookcases.  How did you choose the books that were placed there?  Hopefully, your shelves are filled with great teaching repertoire that your students love.  I’ve been sucked in by marketing (hello, “Peanuts Activity Book”) or purchasing a book because “my student already has this so I should buy it”.  And, I…

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How to know your student is ready for harder repertoire

Is your student ready for harder repertoire?

How do you know your student is ready for harder repertoire?  When you teach exclusively from one method book, the answer is easy.  They completed the book.  When you pull options from many books (including ones that do not belong to a method book series) this line becomes a little more grey. This was one…

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How to Create a Curriculum Plan (Part 1)

How to Create a Curriculum Plan: Part 1

One of the hardest parts of being an independent instrument teacher is creating a curriculum plan.   When you know what to teach, it is so easier to guide students throughout the year so they make consistent progress. Unlike teaching in a school system, there is no governing board that determines what you will teach each…

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How to Give Students Choice … With Boundaries

How to Give Student Choices With Boundaries

Does the idea of giving up control in your studio make you nervous?  Giving students choice, with boundaries, doesn’t have to be hard. It means they play the music they love while you teach what needs to be taught. While it may seem like an all or nothing situation, giving students choice in your studio…

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Keeping Clients in the Know

Keep Your Clients in the Know - Without Increasing Admin Time

One of the most effective ways to get (& keep) your clients on your side is to keep them informed.  Especially for families that are already juggling multiple after-school activities for each child.  The easiest way to accomplish this is through a studio newsletter. And while you may have visions of clients deleting yet another…

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How to Plan a Multi-Level Group Lesson

How to Plan a Multi-Level Group Lesson

Planning group lessons is a wonderful way to increase social engagement in your studio.  Holding a multi-level group lesson may seem like a nightmare in the making.  But, it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning, multi-level group lessons throughout the year could be just the thing your students rave about.