The Importance of Performances

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Two common struggles of teachers/studio owners are motivating students and keeping students long-term.   These are, of course, related to each other.  A student who isn’t motivated to practice his instrument probably isn’t enjoying the experience and isn’t progressing, and it’s likely that it won’t be long before his family feels the investment is a waste of money and… Read more »

Favorite Apps for Music Teachers

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My excitement about the iPad stems from the fluid way that I have been using it during lessons. The iPad is small and can easily rest on my solid, black music stand. It requires touching rather than a keyboard. And, most of all, the kids LOVE it. It’s pretty and it’s fun. The apps feel like games even when they are covering challenging concepts.

What are my favorite apps so far?

Collaborating with Parents

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Communicating with parents can be scary and intimidating. After all, they are our bread and butter and we certainly want to keep them happy. However, they deserve to know exactly how their children are proceeding at all times in their musical studies. There are many ways to handle sharing your evaluation of a student with… Read more »

Achieving Balance to Avoid Burnout

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Importance of maintaining balance for busy studio owners and teachers – a summary of “A Life in Balance” session given at the 2011 MTNA Conference in Milwaukee. Meg Gray, a professor of music at Lincoln University of Missouri, and Ellen McQuie, family medicine physician, gave an insightful and helpful session in which they concentrated on the following five different areas to assist in creating a balanced lifestyle.

Using Online Affiliate Programs

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I am constantly looking for ways to generate income while providing excellent service. This year I plan to offer “one stop shopping” for my students on my web site. I am exploring several affiliate programs that will allow me to earn income based on their purchases.

Today Began with Preparation, Pain, and Help

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While talking with a friend this weekend, I was asked to give my job description.  Hmmm… where to start? We as teachers and business owners not only manage, promote, and create our studios… we fulfill a job description so extensive, anyone would be amazed. Are you a planner?  Then you are the events, lesson, &… Read more »

Building a Business Plan – Part 1

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Every Successful Business Has a Business Plan. That being said, I have to admit that when I began my home piano studio, I did not write out a formal business plan or even a startup plan! I did, however, create professional documents such as a studio policy, studio brochure, business cards, tuition statements, and many… Read more »