100 Days of Practice

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By Patrick Fritz   Our studio is offering a challenge to our students – “100 Days of Practice in a Row Challenge.”  This means practicing “in a meaningful way” for 100 uninterrupted days with no break.  The only allowable excuses for missing a day are illness, traveling outside of the country, or family emergency. I… Read more »

How are we doing?

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How do you determine if you are meeting the needs of your customers? Periodically, I have created surveys for my students to evaluate my teaching and my studio programs. In the past, I have used the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) assessment tools and have also developed custom surveys. I have usually handed out hard… Read more »

Host a Practice Challenge for Charity

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Last month, I signed up for a 30 day yoga challenge at my local yoga studio to raise money for a music education non-profit. The idea is I pledge to go to class every day for 30 days straight and raise at least $10 a day from sponsors.  I did the whole challenge (except for… Read more »

The Case for Summer Music Lessons

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It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are gearing up for summer. Vacations are being planned, plane tickets booked and everyone looks forward with great anticipation to relaxation and good times. What most people are not gearing up for are summer music lessons. I’ve heard many arguments both for and against summer… Read more »

Letting Go of Students

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I’ve often blogged ideas and advice for growing your studio, and in the past few years I’ve managed to triple my load of piano students. You may find it odd that this spring, I’ve actually decided to let go of my private lesson students and move solely to group lesson teaching. Yup — I’m downsizing. It was a… Read more »

The Phone Interview

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Spring is here and the phone is ringing! As I respond to the many phone calls I have received about studying piano, I was inspired to do a little research on how to best handle the phone interview. Even though many of my first contacts come through email, I always make a phone call before… Read more »

Teaching Students With Special Needs

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A few years back, I was invited to join my local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs. At first, I was completely intimidated. Most of the members had been teaching piano, voice, and other instruments for many years — some even longer than I’ve been alive! I was relatively new to teaching, since… Read more »

Building a community through ensemble playing

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I am a huge believer in the power of community. How do you foster a sense of community in your studio? For me it is about providing opportunities for students to learn with each other and from each other. For parents to meet each other and have conversations that go beyond “hi, how are you”…. Read more »

Inspire Others, Reinvigorate Yourself

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I hate to admit this, but the truth is that sometimes I fall into a slump when it comes to running my studio. Dealing with the same administrative tasks, working with the same students, and running into the same issues from week to week can leave me a little drained from time to time, no… Read more »

Update and Innovate Your Studio!

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“The best way to get started is to stop talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney Recently I attended the 2013 Music Teachers National Association annual conference, held at Disneyland Resort. Among the many highlights of the conference were master classes, concerts, young artist competitions, invigorating sessions, exhibitor showcases, and connecting with colleagues from around… Read more »