Marketing Your Studio in a Bad Economy

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At one of my recent teaching association meetings, we discussed how even studio owners and music teachers are feeling the affects of the bad economy.  As families tighten their belts a bit more and look for ways to lower their budget, some of their children’s extra curricular activities are seen as unnecessary luxuries.  Use some… Read more »

Self-help Pedagogy: Part 1

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Summer is such a great time to rest and read. For the next three months I will devote my blog to reviewing three small wonderful “self-help pedagogy” books written by Marienne Uszler that have really influenced my teaching. There are three books in the series: Play it again, Sam…What, Why, and When to Repeat, Time… Read more »

Performance Anxiety in Lessons

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When most people think of performance anxiety, they may imagine someone about to go on stage to perform in a recital, or play, or to speak in front of an audience. They have spent hours, weeks, and most likely months getting ready to show the world what they have to offer with all their hard… Read more »

Lessons Learned After 1 Year in Business

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In 2007, I took on my first piano student as a way to supplement the income I earned at my full-time school job as a music therapist. By 2008, I was traveling to students’ homes 5 days a week and had almost 20 students (while still working full-time at the school). In 2009, I opened… Read more »

The Parent Conference

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Since I opened up my studio ten years ago, I have required all parents to attend a year-end parent/teacher conference. The conference is always scheduled the week after spring term ends. This year it will be the first week in June. Every parent is required to attend in order to register for lessons in the… Read more »

Creating a World of Possibility

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In March, I traveled to New York City for the Music Teachers National Conference. Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, gave the keynote address on themes from the book that he and his wife wrote entitled, “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life.” A colleague and I arrived early for the… Read more »

Practicing Integrity

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Spring has definitely sprung! Soon your phone will be ringing (or your inbox will by chiming!) with parents of prospective students. How do you handle a transfer from a different teacher? If handled poorly, you lose respect among your colleagues. I have experienced both sides of the transfer student dilemma. When faced with this circumstance,… Read more »

Are you a Life-Long Learner?

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What are you doing to embrace being a Life-Long Learner? Summer is a wonderful time to transition from teacher back to student, to learn something new, to challenge your comfort zone.

Unwinding After a Big Event

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February was a bit of a stressful month around my studio. Many of my students were preparing to participate in our local National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Festival. And as nervous as they were about playing, I think I was even more nervous for them. Needless to say, we’re all a bit more relaxed… Read more »

Summer Studio Ideas

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What do you do in your studio for summer? Do you teach? Do you take the summer off? How do you support yourself during the lean summer months? Perhaps a summer camp is an option to fill the void. If so, now is the time to start thinking about summer. In the past, I have… Read more »