Group Classes: Techniques for Success

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By Julia Kossuth At the Studios of Sarah Strout, we offer a variety of group classes for our youngest students. This creates a fun environment for our kids to receive an introduction to music while learning basic skills of making and understanding music. The dynamic of a group class is, needless to say, quite a… Read more »

Looking to Christmas

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By Julia Kossuth As the school year continues to fly by, here at the Studios of Sarah Strout we’ve begun to think about our Christmas recital in mid-December. What a great opportunity to enjoy the holiday season, share music with others, and get a chance to perform! As we usually do, we will be performing… Read more »

More Than Music Lessons

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By Julia Kossuth One of the blessings of teaching is the impact you get to make on each individual student’s life. Often times, a lesson isn’t about musical progress so much as it’s about helping that child wherever they are at in life at the moment. From behavioral problems to problems at school, from celebrating… Read more »

Performing: Benefits the Studio

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By Julia Kossuth One of my favorite aspects of working at the Studios of Sarah Strout is the wealth of talent and knowledge that all the teachers possess! What a fantastic resource from which to draw players for gigs, information about events, and exchange teaching experiences and tips. Another wonderful opportunity our studio presents is… Read more »

Practice for Punches

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By Julia Kossuth This year, the Studios of Sarah Strout are doing a new practice incentive: Practice for Punches! Our students will be able to see their progress as they achieve punches in the cards for practice time. Our students are required to achieve a certain number of practice minutes relative to their grade each… Read more »

New Tool for Teaching

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By Julia Kossuth I am SO excited to try out a new (at least new for us) tool for students this upcoming year! I’ve recently discovered www.JoyTunes.com, a free resource to piano teachers with their registration. The creators have offered two fantastic iPad applications that I think will greatly enhance my students’ musicality, sight reading,… Read more »

Reading and Improvisation

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By Julia Kossuth As my personal studio of students has expanded and changed, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to change and hone my teaching style to match each student’s level and goals. Although I’m personally a music reader and not as strong an improviser, that certainly doesn’t describe all students. One thing I’ve enjoyed exploring… Read more »

Why Lessons?

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By Julia Kossuth As the fall semester approaches, I and the rest of the Studio of Sarah Strout have been considering how to change up our motivational system in the wake of so many new students. Past systems of everyone receiving a prize is simply no longer practical. And more importantly, it would be a… Read more »