Recital season is in high gear. This is the time of year where school wraps up, and our piano students take the stage to prove to their parents that we do indeed teach them something. As a student, I dreaded recitals. Stage fright is still an issue I deal with today. But I never imagined … Continue reading Surviving Recital Season
Many students who go to college for music don’t really have a life plan. Who are we kidding; many students who go to college for anything don’t have a life plan. But after we graduate, musicians need to make money just like anyone else. So what makes a successful musician? There are so many ways … Continue reading What Makes A Successful Musician?
Are you new to teaching group lessons? If you're nervous about scheduling your first group lesson, you're not alone. I found it to be very intimidating, not only getting all the students together at one time, but keeping them focused on what I wanted them to do. So how do you know if group lessons … Continue reading Are Group Piano Lessons Right For You?
Group lessons are an excellent way to earn some extra income in your piano studio. There are a few different ways to do this, but I’m going to focus on three: Group introductory music classes, group beginner piano lessons for children, and group beginner piano lessons for adults. For each type of group class, I’ll … Continue reading Three Types of Group Piano Programs
The Business Side of Hiring a Sitter Last week I talked to you about how our babysitting situation has panned out. If you haven’t had a chance to read that post, I ended up having William go to an in-home sitter three days a week, and then I have 4 different sitters who come to … Continue reading Setting Rates and Policies When You Need A Babysitter
When I was pregnant, I asked all the piano teachers I could find what it was like to teach with a baby. I heard all kinds of things, from “the neighbors/parents watched him” to “I taught with the baby on my knee, no problem.” So of course, as an intelligent, capable woman, I assumed I … Continue reading Piano Teachers And Parenting – Can You Afford a Sitter?
In just about any book about teaching music, whether it’s violin, piano or accordion, you’re going to see the student-teacher-parent triangle. Each part of the triangle has responsibilities that will make the music learning experience successful. Some are obvious, like the student needs to practice, the teacher needs to teach, and the parent needs to … Continue reading Connecting to Parents of Piano Students – A Key to Studio Success
This year, we're going to be making fall trees together in my studio. I'll have 12 grade school-age students participating. Each gets to make a tree that will hang in the studio, and I'm going to give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes at the Fall recital to those with the most leaves. Keep … Continue reading This year’s fall practice/performance incentive.
I love working from home. It’s not for everybody, but it’s definitely for me. I like making my own hours, being my own boss, and being accountable to myself. I’ve finally found a job where I don’t have to suck up to the boss, or tip-toe around a cranky co-worker. So naturally I thought that … Continue reading Having a Baby and Teaching Piano From Home
First, I have to say that I don’t live in one of those magical places where the weather is wonderful year-round. I live in the northeast, and we have four very distinct seasons. That’s why when the weather finally gets nice, I try to find ways to get my students outside every now and again. Because … Continue reading Taking the Piano Lesson Outside