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5 Ideas To Avoid Teacher Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout

At this time of year, I am always torn between finishing out the year with a bang & wanting to get going on next year’s plans. So this week, I wanted to share the articles & ideas that kept my excitement up … during a time of year that typically leads to burn out.

ProductivityThe admin side of teachingUncategorized

Setting Up a Routine Before Lessons Start

Setting up a routine BEFORE lessons start

Setting up a routine is important for having a successful year.  Not only does it ensure we make time for the concepts we want to teach, it makes time for when we need to step back and let our students lead.  For our special needs students, a routine can be the thing that makes piano lessons a safe and enjoyable part of their week. How are you getting ready for back to lessons?

ReflectionsUncategorized

Should We Let Students Make Mistakes … or Correct Everything?

The Value of NOT Correcting Student Mistakes

As I watched my kids complete some of their daily tasks I got to thinking about teaching, of course.  I wondered, “Should we let students make mistakes or should we correct everything right away?”  My thinking has changed over the years, both in teaching and parenting.

Student ProgressStudent retentionUncategorized

Rhythm Warm-Ups That Get Students Off the Bench

With the end of the year just around the corner (or so it seems), many of our students will be getting a bit wiggly on the bench, perhaps a bit teary-eyed at staying inside on a sunny day, and in general wanting to do something just a little bit different.

One of the favourite warm-up activities we did in my studio this year was rhythm warm-ups. I wanted my students to feel a steady pulse as they played piano, but I also wanted them to improvise with rhythms so when they saw them in their music it was easier to recognize. I wanted a warm-up that kind of did it all. This week, I am sharing the warm-up with you!