Pets in Music Lessons

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We are fortunate here at CSM to have studio rooms that are large. This has allowed us to let our instructors bring their pets to lessons and so several of our staff members bring their dogs into work with them daily. This policy generates a terrific interest and conversation with the students and also creates… Read more »

The Golf Abacus

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By Patrick Fritz I have a repetition tool that I consistently use with my students. It is simple, small, sturdy, and novel enough that elementary and middle school students are always curious about how it works. But it is not so complex that it derails a lesson. I call it a “bead counter” but the… Read more »

Metronome Practice

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By Wayne Estes Do your students get frustrated when they practice to a metronome? Years ago, when I first began teaching some part-time lessons to friend’s kids I did not have a home or studio to teach in, so I taught in each students home, driving from house to house. This gave me a bunch… Read more »

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.