Getting Over the Fear of Teaching Online

Technology allows us to problem solve in ways that might have been a little more challenging before. Sometimes we hesitate to take that first step because of all the things that might go wrong. But when we keep things simple and make technology work for us, instead of the other way around, technology can create HUGE benefits, providing win-wins when running our music studio. In this mini-course, I will be focusing on keeping things simple so it doesn’t have to be scary. You will learn the basics of teaching online AND video lessons with some resources to explore as you […]

5 Benefits for Teaching Video Lessons

Video lessons are a little different from online lessons. Online is connecting live with a student and video is when you are recording a lesson for a student to watch at a later time. Many of the benefits in providing a video lessons for students are very similar to online lessons. If you caught the last post when I went through a list of benefits for teaching online lessons, the main categories will be the same, but you will notice the benefits will be different…   Location Doesn’t Matter When providing a video lesson for a student, it really doesn’t […]

TMTA Convention 2019: Expand Your Horizons Part 1

I had the opportunity to fly to Houston and present at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention. I have always wanted to check it out and I was looking forward to my time there. My only regret was not spending more time. It was a super quick turn around trip. I had less than 48 hours from the time I flew in to the time I flew out to take it all in. Upon arriving I was overwhelmed by the size of the hotel when I walked inside. It was huge! It didn’t take me long to figure out that […]

Music Teacher Tip #17: Missed Lessons

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. […]

Just Ask Jennifer Live #6

Today I went live answering the following question on Just Ask Jennifer! Question: Why do you not do make-up lessons? And what do you do instead? Why? You can hear my answers and catch the recording here. Feel free to add your own comments in the thread and share what you do!   Do you have a question you would like answered? (Click picture below) If I don’t have an answer for you, I will do my best to find someone who can help! Coming soon! A new online course that ALL music teachers can benefit from. Whether you are a private music […]

Why You REALLY Don’t Need Make-Up Lessons

Though many teachers are realizing they no longer need to offer make-up lessons in their studio, I would imagine that more than half of you reading this are still doing make-ups. And chances are you are doing it because you don’t think parents will go for anything else. If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of make-up lessons. I don’t believe in them. Matter of fact I believe they just add to your already busy schedule, cause unnecessary stress to your life and well… they just aren’t necessary and I’ll tell you why. Last week […]

Be Our Guest: Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, Oh My!

I’m really excited to introduce our guest this month. Sarah Lyngra will be blogging about online lessons. She has a lot of experience in this so you will want to read her post! Also I would highly recommend her online course available at TeachPianoOnline.com. The course, Create Effective Lesson Make-up Videos in 45 Minutes or Less was very helpful as I started doing make-up video lessons this year. (See blog post here.) There were several tips that I learned that I hadn’t thought of. Sarah has more courses in the works so check back often! And be sure to sign up for […]

Review: Hoffman Academy Teaching Resources

I was approached by Hoffman Academy to review their piano lesson resources. When you visit their website, HoffmanAcademy.com you will immediately be asked to either register or view the lessons as a guest. Then you will be taken to the first of 60 video lessons by Mr. Joseph Hoffman that are available to view for free. You can read more about Mr. Hoffman here.  Now you are probably thinking to yourself, why would I be interested in using these video lessons with my students? Doesn’t this kind of thing hurt what I am trying to accomplish? I’m sure Mr. Hoffman […]