Be Our Guest: Top 10 Tips to Help the Independent Teacher From Burnout

There are certain times a year where burnout tends to show its face a little more. Winter tends to be one of those times so this guest post couldn’t have been more well timed. I am excited to have Laurabeth Roundy, a private piano, violin, viola and fiddle teacher in Arlington, WA be my guest and share with us her top 10 tips on helping independent teachers from burning out. If you have some additional tips, feel free to leave them in the comments as we can all benefit from them. Take it away Laurabeth… One topic discussed among my music teacher […]

2017 Survey Winners!

  A HUGE thank you to all of you who took some time to leave valuable feedback from my 2017 survey. I couldn’t believe the response and I am so grateful for it! This helps me to help you in what you want from me this year and years to come. I hope you enjoyed the small token of my appreciation and able to use it with your students. Before I announce the winners, I wanted to let you know that I didn’t add anyone to my mailing list that wasn’t already subscribed. So if you left your email for […]

The Best of 2016

  Can you believe we are saying goodbye to 2016? What a year it has been! I didn’t realize how big of a year it’s been until I started working on this post. I want to thank you for being part of it all! Before the January newsletter goes out on the 1st, I wanted to share the BEST OF 2016. What have been some of your favorites this year? BEST BLOG POSTS- The most popular posts by month… January- Start the Year off Right with S.M.A.R.T. Goals– In this post I share what S.M.A.R.T. goals are and how you use them […]

The Power of Praise in Students Practice

  Think of the last time someone praised you on something you accomplished whether big or small. When was the last time you received an email or perhaps a note in the mail from someone saying how proud they are of you? Or perhaps offered a word of encouragement for something you were struggling with? Now think of how it made you feel? Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, cites a study that says when children first start school, they score up to 80% in the self-esteem category. By the time they reach 5th grade, the children scored only […]

5 Creative Times for Practicing

  While a consistent daily routine for practice is best, there are going to be days that the schedule is just thrown out the window. It’s during those times that families need to get a little more creative in when their child can practice. Here are 5 creative times you can share with your families. 1. Practice BEFORE school. I was my families alarm clock when I was taking lessons. And let me tell you, I had to wake up early if I was going to get practice in before school. I got ready for school first so I would be more alert […]

Once Upon A Time; A Music Lab Story

Once Upon a Time there was a piano teacher who lived in a small town. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons but was looking for something to spice things up a bit. Something that would allow her students to learn and engage in more than what there was time for during lessons. She had heard about this thing called a music lab, where you can add time before or after a students lesson while continuing to teach another student. This would allow students to continue to learn, review and engage in music concepts independently. She loved this idea and decided to […]

Sit or Stand?

In our home, we go through office chairs way to often. Not necessarily because we have worn them out, though we have definitely done that, but because we just can’t find “the one”. You know, the one I’m talking about?  The one that solves all your problems when it comes to sitting. When I “try out” a chair at the store it seems so perfect but then after a week or so of using it I was still experiencing the same back pain I had with the past several chairs. Now I know there are some chairs out there that can […]