How To Hire a Teacher

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If you run a studio, one of your biggest tasks is keeping a staff of good teachers. That can be one of the hardest parts of your job. I’ve managed music lesson studios and hired teachers and I can honestly say this was one of the more stressful parts of the job. Here are some… Read more »

Learn To Sing

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By Jamey Mann The voice is one of the most important instruments/tools a musician can learn to use. Training the voice the proper way is essential if a student wants to study at the collegiate level and reach their full potential. In fact, at all major music schools ear and aural training are part of… Read more »

Planning a Summer Camp Part 2: Putting Together a Plan

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This year I will be offering my third summer camp at my studio. The past two years, my camps have been small. I’ve only opened camp up to current students already taking from my studio — more as an encouragement to keep them learning during the summer months. I would see six students at a… Read more »

The Elevator Conversation

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Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and was asked what I do for a living. I told my doctor I taught piano. He was very interested and asked many questions, which is typically the response I get whenever I share about my profession. However, as I later reflected on the conversation, I thought that… Read more »

When to Hire Someone to Help

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I am not a lawyer, or an experienced business person – and I have absolutely no idea how to handle payroll, but I am a teacher who has been filling the role of teacher, bookkeeper, human relations, events coordinator, etc – so what I will address today is related only to the fact that I… Read more »

Today Began with Preparation, Pain, and Help

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While talking with a friend this weekend, I was asked to give my job description.  Hmmm… where to start? We as teachers and business owners not only manage, promote, and create our studios… we fulfill a job description so extensive, anyone would be amazed. Are you a planner?  Then you are the events, lesson, &… Read more »

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The book I have been making my way through the past couple weeks is called Corner Office by Adam Bryant. Mr Bryant is a NY Times columnist who seems to have dedicated recent years to tracking down and interviewing 100s of CEOs of companies both large and small. He has a Sunday column of the same name in the Sunday Business section of the Times. From these interviews he has drawn what he believes are five key qualities required of all business leaders. They are: Passionate Curiosity, Battle-Hardened Confidence, Fearlessness, A Simple Mindset, Team Smarts.

Four ‘Asks’ To Grow Your Studio

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Now is the time to take active steps to add students for your teachers. Acting now gives you time to implement solutions based on what responses you get to ‘The Four Asks.‘ What are these mysterious questions? 1. Ask teachers if they want more students. It’s possible your teachers would like to expand the number… Read more »

Tips for Hiring Fantastic Teachers

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Building a better studio is one of the primary goals we each want to do. That’s one reason why Studio Helper was developed in the first place. Here’s an area you might not have explored, one where creative thought and planning can make your studio stand out from the crowd. We all want the best… Read more »