As we begin another school year, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about boundary setting. While boundaries may come across as a negative thing, it is actually a very positive and healthy thing to establish. Establishing clear boundaries means you are establishing clear communication. You are putting expectations on the front line and in doing so, you will find they will respect them and you for the clear communication. People will push boundaries as far as you will let them. That is great news! You are probably thinking to yourself, huh?! It’s great because the key […]
It’s back to school time, which means you will want some fun getting to know you activities in your arsenal. Getting to know our students help create a sense of belonging. It can help us when we are trying to figure out what music will motivate them. It also let’s them know we care about them and in turn it will lead to trust in us to provide them with a positive music experience. In today’s teacher trick I go through some of my favorite getting to know you activities. I do most of these in a group setting, I […]
One of the most common questions I see or hear from independent music teachers is, “what do you do when a student needs to miss a lesson?” OR “Do you do make-up lessons?” I don’t do make-up lessons. Matter of fact, I am strongly against them. I don’t know where the idea for make-ups even got started but there really is no reason for them especially nowadays when there are SO many things we can do instead. In this new music teacher tip, I will share 4 different win-win solutions when a student (or teacher) needs to miss a lesson. […]
My most favorite performances that I have attended over the years have been where the performer has been interacting with the audience or there something is happening where the audience is being engaged. I’m going to be totally blunt for a minute, I can’t stand concerts where there is no engagement with the audience. I’ve attended way too many concerts where there might be an initial introduction to the audience and then it’s just the music. You might be saying to yourself, well isn’t the music why you are there? Yes, but… Have you ever heard the story of why […]
A simple trick that I use to teach legato vs non-legato. Students get it immediately! How do you teach legato vs non-legato? Share in the comments!
In 2016 I began another of what I like to call a win-win. It has become a favorite option to give to my students as an “extra” option over the summer or as an option if they can’t participate in a camp. It also works very well in lessons when students need to miss for an extended period of time. I have blogged about this subject, but I wanted to do a teacher tip as well. I hope it inspires! Recommended Resources mentioned: Practice Makes Perfect OR Does It? (workshop) Practice Games and Tools Practice Charts Other Blog Posts on […]
Are you in the middle of updating your studio policy? Or maybe you are just getting started in creating one? In this teaching tip, I share 3 common frustrations teachers have and some win-win solutions that can be implemented. Recommended Resources: Studio Policy Script Starters (this is INCLUDED in the Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking To It course) Courses mentioned and recommended: Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking To It Make More, Teach Less: A Comprehensive Guide to Running a Music Camp or Workshop Inspire and Motivate Your Students in Group Lessons Do you have a tip […]
Today’s tip is from a guest teacher, Dorla Aparicio! Learn how she takes away the headache of printing recital programs and turns it into a win-win for all! Do you have a tip or trick to share? We would love to hear it! Just click the picture below to fill out the form.
Have you ever wished you could cover recital or music program expenses without having to charge a recital fee? I have good news for you! You can! In this tip, I share how you can monetize your recital program! Do you have a tip or trick to share? We would love to hear it! Just click the picture below to fill out the form.
The brain has approx. 70,000 thoughts per day. 60,000 stimuli per second. No wonder we have a hard time remembering! In this teaching tip, you will learn what the recipe for an engaged brain is, relevance builders and 3 types of engagements. I share one of my favorite tools for creating engagement before students walk in the door. Resources mentioned in this video: Do you have a tip or trick to share? We would love to hear it! Just click the picture below to fill out the form.