Establish an Engaged Learning Environment

  The following article was recently published in the March issue of The Piano Bench Magazine, a magazine I highly recommend. It is an app you can find in the iTunes Store or GooglePlay Store and read from your mobile device. Engaging our students can sometimes feel overwhelming especially when a teacher might be feeling a bit burned out.  But did you know that when we truly engage our students in their learning we can also be engaged in our teaching? And visa versa. This is because students respond more positively when they are interested and engaged in what they are learning. That positive energy can return […]

3 Ways to Activate the Students Brain

  Have you ever had a student tell you, “You never taught me that” when you know that not only have you taught them what they were claiming you didn’t, but you have gone through it multiple times? There is actually a scientific reason in the brain that explain why a student has no memory of being taught a particular concept. As teachers we have the responsibility to activate our students brain. We need to make sure they are fully engaged in their learning. This isn’t always easy especially if you are experiencing a bit of burnout. (See articles regarding […]

Are You a People Pleaser?

I am a people pleaser by nature. I like to help people and I like to be liked. Who doesn’t, right? Need some sympathy or empathy? I’m your gal. I sometimes worry what people think of me especially when they are hard to read. Integrity and loyalty is important to me. I’m usually not one to start the drama but on the flip side if I’m super passionate about something I need to stand up for, I will. I have learned that sometimes the best thing is not always the easy thing. This in itself has helped me grow. Another thing I […]

Don’t Let These Slip By…

Happy Canada day to all you teachers in Canada! I have lots of fabulous teacher friends from Canada! Isn’t it awesome that we can meet and keep in touch with teachers from all over the world nowadays? It’s pretty amazing! I’m over in the U.S. celebrating 4th of July coming up Monday. There are several deals that you will want to take advantage of so I thought I would quickly share them… 1- First, let’s start off with a FREEBIE! I have a BRAND NEW product that is FREE through July 4th. After you check them out here, be sure to check […]

How to Respond to Bullies When You Own Your Own Business

Disclaimer We all have come across bullies at some stage of our life. But dealing with a bully can make things a little more complicated when it is related to your business. You can go many years with no problems in regards to your policy or your business, but eventually you may come across someone who decides to “test” it. And sometimes (though rarely) the “test” leads to having to dismiss them from your studio. When you reach that point, it’s usually a decision that has not been taken lightly. It is not easy decision or action to take, but is usually necessary. […]

10 Things to Think about When Re-Evaluating Your Studio Policies

  I’ve reached a point in my policy where I typically only need to make minor tweaks here and there. But even still, I make sure that at least once a year I go through my studio policy and re-evaluate. I wanted share 10 things to think about when re-valuating your studio policies. 1- Relevancy- Relevancy plays a HUGE role in re-evaluating your policy. You may find hidden things in your policy that are simply no longer relevant. Part of being relevant is “keeping up with the times.” Does your studio policies read like they did 10 years ago? 2- Length- One […]

Be S.M.A.R.T. with Your Policy

  Last December I created a free worksheet on S.M.A.R.T. goals. While we usually re-visit our goals every New Year, this goal sheet can really be used anytime for most anything. What does S.M.A.R.T. mean? S.M.A.R.T. goal setting certainly does not have to be just for your students. Why not use it when you need to create goals in relation to your studio policy? For example… If I wanted to change my policy to no make-ups and wanted to figure out a way to best go about it, I might fill something like this out… SPECIFIC- To create a no makeup policy that will provide a […]