Last week I was chillin on Facebook, scrolling through a swap shop when I saw someone had posted a set of Kindermusik instruments for sale. Her set included a hand drum, a triangle, a set of rhythm sticks, D and A resonator bars (chimes) with rubber mallets, a maraca and two hand held sets … Continue reading 9 Things you can do in a Piano Lesson with Kindermusik Instruments TODAY.
Welcome to part two of my Successful Musician Series. If you missed part one, where I talk about all the different ways in which musicians can be successful, you can catch up on that here. This week, I want to talk to you about the different career paths a college student who is studying piano … Continue reading Successful Musician Series Part 2 – Piano Career Paths
Summertime is important for my family and my piano students’ families too. My son and I get to do some fun family activities, and my students get a much needed break from school. Summer also means that my piano students are busy doing different camps or activities, and going on family vacations. Today I'm going … Continue reading Piano Studio Summer Scales Challenge
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