Blog Stories

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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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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Planning Summer Lessons for Success Part 1

With the beginning of April, it's time to consider how your studio will handle summer.  If you own your own business, chances are you have tried several approaches over the years.  Generally, teachers lament the loss of income and unsteadiness that summer can bring. ...

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