Why Lessons?

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By Julia Kossuth As the fall semester approaches, I and the rest of the Studio of Sarah Strout have been considering how to change up our motivational system in the wake of so many new students. Past systems of everyone receiving a prize is simply no longer practical. And more importantly, it would be a… Read more »

What Should I Put on My Studio’s Facebook Page?

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Does your studio have a Facebook page? It seems as though nearly every business these days has one. When I am checking out different businesses — whether it’s a summer camp I want to enroll my daughter in or a new coffee shop in town — I often check out the business’ Facebook page. Checking… Read more »

Adult Lessons

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By Julia Kossuth Although I give mainly elementary school kids piano lessons, I’m always excited when an adult student would like to start piano lessons. Whether they are brand new to playing or rusty after years away from the piano, working with an adult is so much fun and adds nice variety to any studio…. Read more »

Create your Vision

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Summertime is just around the corner! What a wonderful time to examine where you are now and where you want to be, as well as take some needed time to relax, enjoy the weather and spend time with family and friends! As I wrap up the end of my teaching year, I am taking some… Read more »

Practice Tips

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by Jamey Mann I am the newest member of The Catoctin School of Music family. I am a classical guitarist with years of playing and teaching experience. Through my years of teaching I found that one of the most important things I can teach my students is how to practice efficiently and correctly. This is… Read more »

Summertime Advertising

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You’ve finished your last lessons of the school year, thrown together a final recital and are ready to take a breather from all things studio-related. Rest and rejuvenation are important for studio owners, but don’t put your studio work on the shelf for too long — summer is a great time for advertisement and provides… Read more »

First Piano Adventure – Book Review – WOW!

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Ok- I am a BIG fan of Nancy and Randall Faber’s piano method books already, so when I saw they came up with a series for kiddies under 6, I was so excited. I’ve had students in this age group for a few years, and I have always used LITTLE MOZARTS by Alfred’s. It was… 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 »

Avoiding Burnout with the Conference Experience

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Every March, I attend the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conference to refuel, recharge and reinvigorate my studio and my teaching. After a particularly brutal winter, I found myself frazzled, stressed and on the brink of Teacher Burnout!! Thankfully, I had scheduled time off to attend this year’s conference in the “windy city” of Chicago…. Read more »

Planning a Summer Camp Part 1: A Round-Up of Resources

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I know it’s only March, but I like to take advantage of the time off during spring break to begin planning my studio summer camp so that I can begin advertising in April. (And I can’t exactly advertise unless I know what it IS that I’m advertising.) In years past, I’ve offered camps where I… Read more »