Using Technology in Your Studio

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I have long wanted to purchase recording equipment for my studio, but it has always been cost prohibitive. I have recently realized that I don’t need fancy recording equipment for some of the things that I’ve been hoping to do with my students. I may be the last person in this country to purchase a… Read more »

The Case for Summer Music Lessons

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It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are gearing up for summer. Vacations are being planned, plane tickets booked and everyone looks forward with great anticipation to relaxation and good times. What most people are not gearing up for are summer music lessons. I’ve heard many arguments both for and against summer… Read more »

Teaching Students With Special Needs

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A few years back, I was invited to join my local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs. At first, I was completely intimidated. Most of the members had been teaching piano, voice, and other instruments for many years — some even longer than I’ve been alive! I was relatively new to teaching, since… Read more »

Building a community through ensemble playing

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I am a huge believer in the power of community. How do you foster a sense of community in your studio? For me it is about providing opportunities for students to learn with each other and from each other. For parents to meet each other and have conversations that go beyond “hi, how are you”…. Read more »

Inspire Others, Reinvigorate Yourself

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I hate to admit this, but the truth is that sometimes I fall into a slump when it comes to running my studio. Dealing with the same administrative tasks, working with the same students, and running into the same issues from week to week can leave me a little drained from time to time, no… Read more »

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 »

Testing the effectiveness of Facebook

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Last blog entry I discussed how I communicate with clients, faculty, and staff at my music school, Brooklyn Music Factory. This entry is going to be a follow up pointing out what seems to have worked and what seems to have failed for us. Assessing regularly your system of communication and outreach is vital, I… 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 »

6 Tips for Studio Teacher Assessment

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As you know, quality in your studio depends a lot on the quality of your teachers. One way your studio can rise above the competition: Provide a positive and successful environment for your instructors – help them do their best on your behalf. It’s a fact: Word of mouth referral goes a long way towards… Read more »