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 »

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 »

End of Year Recital

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By Julia Kossuth Well, we are officially into a brief summer break before we start summer lessons here at the Studios of Sarah Strout! And, of course, the even that finished our school year was our end of year recital and awards ceremony. As our studio has grown, this has created the need to revamp… Read more »

Studio Partnership

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A couple months ago, I wrote about the fact that my studio has outgrown its current space. My partner and I have been searching for the perfect location for a while now, and recently hit the jackpot. Over the years we have cultivated our relationship with a local music store: we’ve sent our students there… Read more »

Performance Importance

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By Julia Kossuth As a young teacher, and thus lacking years of consistent teaching in one place, I’ve been able to consider what works and what doesn’t work to motivate my students. This has also been largely influenced by my own piano teacher through high school, who I maintain contact with to this day. I… Read more »

End of Year Recital Preparation

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By Julia Kossuth As our end of the year recital approaches, a mere two and a half weeks away, it is my goal to maximize the time I have with each student so they are truly prepared for their performances. I’ve found that with only two recitals a year (Christmas and May) it can be… Read more »

Creating Digital Products

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Being a studio owner — a small business owner of any kind, really — is challenging. Your income is not always guaranteed month to month, and there are only so many hours in the day during which you (and your employees, if you have any) can work with students. It didn’t take long after opening… 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 »

Practice Tips

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By Julia Kossuth As we are approaching our spring recital in the end of May, as well the middle and end of the school year, I like to implement new practice strategies and reminders. With each student I often take a slightly different approach, so there are always suggestions and changes to be made to… Read more »