New Year Incentive Ideas

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It’s a New Year, and maybe you have students at your studio who are ready to start fresh and get into a consistent practice routine. Or maybe, YOU are hoping to light a fire underneath your students in anticipation of spring recitals, competitions, festivals or masterclasses. Performances alone may be enough to motivate some students;… Read more »

More Than Music Lessons

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By Julia Kossuth One of the blessings of teaching is the impact you get to make on each individual student’s life. Often times, a lesson isn’t about musical progress so much as it’s about helping that child wherever they are at in life at the moment. From behavioral problems to problems at school, from celebrating… Read more »

Performing: Benefits the Studio

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By Julia Kossuth One of my favorite aspects of working at the Studios of Sarah Strout is the wealth of talent and knowledge that all the teachers possess! What a fantastic resource from which to draw players for gigs, information about events, and exchange teaching experiences and tips. Another wonderful opportunity our studio presents is… Read more »

Maintaining a Positive Studio Atmosphere.

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One of the things that I think is so important as a music teacher, is to understand the end goal of the majority of our students. Most parents don’t enroll their students in lessons because they think they have the next Mozart on their hands (though you may end up having a few concert pianists… 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 »

Choosing a Piano

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By Julia Kossuth In our studio, we consistently get students who either need an instrument, or would like to upgrade their instrument, so I thought I’d talk a little about what guidelines we give our students for their search. When a beginning piano student is looking for an instrument, we will often tell them that… Read more »

Celebrating Students’ Festival Success

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Every year, many of my piano and voice students participate in our local Junior Festival, hosted by the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs. Preparation for Festival begins in November when they choose their pieces, and then they work hard for the next four months learning, memorizing, and perfecting. Needless to say, it’s a stressful time… Read more »

Getting Through the Winter Lull

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Is it just me, or do students seriously start lacking some motivation during the winter months? The “newness” of the year has worn off, holiday recitals are behind them, and the end-of-the-year spring recital is too far in the distance to really care much. It’s frustrating for teachers. So how do we as studio owners… Read more »

Group Class Ideas

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By Julia Kossuth One of the opportunities I have at the Studios of Sarah Strout is to teach a group piano class to three 4- and 5-year-olds. Being relatively new to teaching group classes, it’s been a great learning opportunity for me regarding teaching strategies and being creative in class time. A useful tool I’ve… Read more »