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 »

Evaluating Yourself as a Teacher

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Last month I wrote about how I use my completely non-professional equipment (as in iPhone) to record my students playing and allow them to hear mistakes, or record myself playing a passage they struggle with so they have a sample for home practice. I recently decided to use recording technology to record a few lessons… 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 »

The 100-Day Practice Challenge

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle In the November issue of Clavier’s Piano Explorer (a wonderful little magazine for piano students), there was an article on creating good practice habits. The challenge was for students to practice 100 days in a row. Students that… Read more »

Self-help Pedagogy: Part 3

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In the last of this three-part series, I will review ideas from Marienne Uszler’s book, That’s a Good Question…How to Teach by Asking Questions. To begin, start by examining your own teaching either by audio or video recording yourself, or by simply taking notes and being aware of how you interact with students by asking… Read more »

Dress (Your Studio) for Success

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Looks Matter! This is a tough time for the economy and parents are often looking for ways to trim expenses… sometimes that may mean cutting the lessons and classes that support your business.What can you do to retain and add clients, because you “stand out from the crowd?” Let’s think for a moment about how… Read more »

Tips for Hiring Fantastic Teachers

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Building a better studio is one of the primary goals we each want to do. That’s one reason why Studio Helper was developed in the first place. Here’s an area you might not have explored, one where creative thought and planning can make your studio stand out from the crowd. We all want the best… Read more »