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Summer Keys 2–Developing a Year Around Program that Works

On the many blogs available for music teachers, one theme that continues to surface is the issue around summer lessons and the loss of income.  Of course, if you are running a school with group classes, those are dictated by start and stop dates and summers may be...

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Summer Keys 1

Welcome to Summer Keys!  I will be posting a series of articles with suggestions to make summer studies meaningful and well-structured.   As we continue to open our studios, it's more important than ever to plan for well-structured lessons.  Generally I plan one or...

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Where Do We Go From Here

It's late March and Spring is just around the corner!  As this school year winds down, it's time to consider what direction you would like your teaching to go in the future.  Spring and Summer months are the optimal time to plan ahead for the next school year.  Once...

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Spring Conferences–A Tool for Better Success

Last Spring, I asked for a brief, 5 to 10 minute conference.  Students  students attended as well.  We discussed  to  future plans, how thie year went, and our future together.  I was amazed at just how unclear some parents were about expectations.  Some even thanked...

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All Things Spring–Celebrate!

Most school's spring breaks a well into April this year (in our area, it focuses on the week before Easter).  This year, it is easy to run late with plans for the year end recital.  If you haven't already begun that final big plan for the end of the year rite of...

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Working Through the Heart of the Year

It is the heart of the school year.  Many festivals and activities are generally held between mid February and late April.  If you are a Guild, National Auditions, or Trinity Auditions teacher, the exams can spread into mid May to early June.  Now is the time to...

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Planning Ahead for a New School Year!

Are you kidding?  Plan NOW for next summer and fall!  YES, YES, and YES.  In my studio, paperwork/registration/tuition changes and any policy changes are announced in a new folder that is given to all existing families after spring break in April.  The deadline for...

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Welcome to My Fall Studio!!

It's almost that time.  For those of us starting school on the 23rd of August next Monday is the first day of the fall studio schedule.  Many teachers will follow an after Labor Day schedule.  Either way, time is drawing near.  Here are some tips to make your studio...

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Updating Your Studio Policy for Fall 2021.

It's that transitional time--Mid Summer.    If you haven't already, it's time to plan your fall registration and paperwork.  My fall registration is due by June 1st for a July 1st "new year" start (my new year encompasses summer session.)  Every spring I take a look...

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The Pandemic Slump–Dealing with Frustrated or Tired Students

Is it just me, or does it seem that as this school year progresses our students are becoming more and more lethargic?  I'm hopeful the spring sports that seem to be planning to open will help with the listlessness.  I see it even in my more dedicated students.  They...

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Planning for 2021

It's almost upon us.  Soon the holidays will be here and with that will come the turning of the calendar.  I cannot believe how quickly time is passing, in spite of being home so much more.  It seems there's more to do even with going far fewer places due to the...

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Letting Go–The Non-Existent Goodbye

Here we are starting week 4 of the school year in North Carolina.  No matter who you are, how much experience you have, or the number of degrees you have aquired, we all at times need to deal with an unhappy and/or unrealistic parent.  This past week was rocky for me...

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Incorporating Your Personal Routine into your Teaching Day

Here we are!  Whether you have started teaching in the past week for the fall semester or are not beginning until after Labor Day, summer is essentially over.  I find summer to be a mindset--somehow even through teaching in the summer we get that "summertime" pace. ...

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Summer Keys 4–Preparing for All Possibilities

Depending on where you live, your state or country may or may not be heading back to in-classroom teaching this fall.  Perhaps students will be attending on a staggered or reduced class schedule.  everywhere parents are frustrated and concerned about all the...

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