How to Raise Your Teaching Salary

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So often, when talking to my music teacher colleagues, we lament how difficult it is to make a living as a music teacher. Teaching during after school hours each week day limits our working hours, and you can’t raise your rates every single year without driving yourself out of business! So how do we as… Read more »

New Semester…. New teacher?

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So it is Spring 2015, you have a great studio, but you still have that one student who you just aren’t clicking with. Your personalities don’t match, you don’t communicate well, you haven’t been able to figure out their learning style… Whatever the reason is, it is not a crime. Every teacher is going to have… Read more »

Giving Back With Your Studio

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Each December, I like for my students to participate in some type of performance for charity. This year, we held our second annual “Piano Play-a-thon“, where students put together a program of up to five minutes, solicited sponsors to donate money to a local organization, and performed their pieces at a casual recital. This year,… Read more »

New Year: Check Your Studio Policies

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Well, the year is almost over! It’s time to start thinking about your policies. Do they need an update? Has your attendance policy been working for you? Do you feel you are compensated enough? Is anything making you feel disrespected? Well now is the time to fix it. 

Above and Beyond: Offering More Than Lessons

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As a piano teacher, the bulk of my job is offering weekly lessons to my students. But if I stopped at that, I wouldn’t be setting my studio apart in my community or creating a wholistic learning experience for students of my studio. Yes, learning technique, repertoire and theory on a weekly basis is of… Read more »

Fall Incentives to Motivate Students.

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With a new school year in full swing, fall is a great time to motivate students and build strong practice habits. Many students are new and are highly motivated and looking for guidance. Returning students might feel renewed to do better than last year, perhaps re-energized after a summer off. Capitalize on this “new year”… Read more »

Avoiding Studio Scheduling Anxiety

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Ready. Set. Go! It’s that time of year. For me, there is only one more week until lessons resume. If you haven’t done so already, you, like me, are probably in the middle of scheduling all of your lesson times for the fall. I dread this time of year. Even though I take the month… Read more »

Maintaining a Positive Studio Atmosphere.

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One of the things that I think is so important as a music teacher, is to understand the end goal of the majority of our students. Most parents don’t enroll their students in lessons because they think they have the next Mozart on their hands (though you may end up having a few concert pianists… Read more »