Studio Field Trip

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Have you ever done a field trip with your studio? I’m attempting one — sort of. Each year, our local symphony holds a children’s symphony — a free, interactive performance that plays lots of kid-friendly songs…and lasts under an hour. While I’m not exactly organizing and transporting the 30 students in my studio to the… Read more »

Holiday Fun At Your Studio

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December in the studio can be a stressful time for your students. They are likely busy at home, and some may have end of the semester commitments such as choir/drama performances or school finals. With so much going on, this can be a nice time to take it a bit easier on your students and… Read more »

What’s Your Attendance Policy

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Instead of a typical informative blog post, I want to ask readers a question: What’s your attendance policy? Everyone is different. I’m curious about how others do it. What works best for you? What have been some mistakes you made and learned from in the past? Currently, my policy is students pay me at the… Read more »

Tools for Independent Learning

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“Give a person a fish, and he/she will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and he/she will be satisfied for a lifetime.” In my last blog, Igniting the Spark, I wrote about my goals for the year – empowering students to take responsibility for their own learning. Since then, I have experienced… Read more »

Minimizing Early Dropouts

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You can pick out the family within a few minutes of conversation — the kind who tells you they’re looking to “give piano/violin/dance/etc. a try”. They don’t give the impression of being overly-committed, and within a few months — when repertoire starts to become more challenging or when the exciting “newness” wears off, the student… Read more »

My Secret Weapons for Productivity

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I’m on maternity leave this summer, so my studio is currently closed and I’m not teaching students. However, I’m still running my resource website for music teachers and therapists as well as doing lots of planning for the fall session, so that in combination with a brand new baby means I have to be super… Read more »

What if…

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What if you injured your hand and couldn’t play your instrument? What if you developed a chronic illness? What if you were diagnosed with cancer and needed months’ long treatment? These are questions no one wants to face. Especially, small businesses or those who work for themselves. Health insurance is expensive and disability insurance even… Read more »

Set it, forget it! Missed lesson policy and your studio

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It’s a fact: Consistency in your studio makes a big difference for clear parent communication. Prior blog entries have already touched on benefits of having a “studio handbook” addressing responsibilities and procedures. One area can that can cause friction unless it’s clearly spelled out is the policy regarding missed lessons or classes. There is no… Read more »