Blog Stories

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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Summer Keys 1–Developing a Summer Program

Welcome to Summer Keys!  I will be posting a series of articles with suggestions to make summer studies meaningful and well-structured.   As we reopen our studios (please see previous post) it's more important than ever to plan for well-structured lessons.  Generally...

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Coronavirus Studio and Personal Challenges

Dear Colleagues, It's almost two months since shutdown here in North Carolina and we are moving slowly toward reopening and going "off-line."  I hope you have had the same stability of income and success as I have had, as my studio remained intact and steady...

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COVID-19 Teaching Week 3

When it became apparent that COVID-19 would likely close schools, stores, offices and most likely music studios I quickly decided that online teaching would be my only viable option.  I trial tested a lesson 2 weeks before shutdown and informed my parents that this...

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COVID-19 Virus Online Teaching–Week Two

I am now 7 days into teaching online through Skiype and Face Time in my studio.  This week has already smoothed out quite a bit from this time last week.  For one thing, I've found everyone's address or they've found mine.  Last week everyone had a lesson but there...

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Dealing with the Coronavirus in the Studio

I was going to post another topic today but given the issues worldwide with the coronavirus (depending on where you live) I thought I would post a timely article.  Here in North Carolina, we have had only one case of the virus--an adult that visited the nursing home...

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The Millenium Parent–Issues and Solutions

The Millenium Parent poses new and challenging issues for today's music studio teacher.  Are they engaged with their children?  Definately.  Stretched too thin with too many activities?  Absolutely.  When it comes to organizational skills such as tracking recitals,...

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Repertoire Challenges–Rotating Composers

In many places in the United States and Europe studios are at the apex of their teaching year.  Festival season followed by many of the exams will take place between March and May.  Here in North Carolina, the fun begins with State Festival coming in just two short...

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Welcome to a New Decade of Teaching!

Greetings to all of you far and wide, 2020 brings us the opportunity to build a new and better teaching model in the decade ahead.  Where would you like to be in 2030?  It's a fair question, and one we all need to consider as we navigate our studios and performances...

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Add New Skills This Year to Your Curriculum

With the waning days of summer, comes the realization that soon all schools will reopen and the regular fall schedule of private lessons will commence.  Considering how important skills are to the overall development of your pianists, now is a great time to plan for...

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Pacing the School Year

It’s almost over...summer is quickly setting with the sun.  Soon we will all be back at the regular school year schedule. it seems once August begins, the slow but steady march to the start of the school year begins.  Perhaps it's the endless ads on television for...

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Student and Parent–Two Relationships to Manage

It takes little time running a piano studio to realize that teachers must nurture not only the student relationship but also the parents.   Not only does that double your contact time, both relationships are very different.  For example, weekly lessons afford the...

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