Category Archives: Business of Teaching

A very generous policy

I stumbled upon this studio policy by a local teacher from a few decades back. I’m struck by the generosity, which overrides an attempt to keep some sense of studio management. This is an inspiration. Perhaps some of us have … Continue reading

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NY Times: “Is Music the Key to Success?”

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& A good portion of this opinion piece focuses on how music study fueled high-profile careers, (by and large) outside the arts arena. The writer, Joanne Lipman, is author of Strings Attached…,…

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Don’t motivate. Inspire.

“I need you to motivate my daughter.” Red flag. Big Red flag. “She won’t practice. And she keeps telling me she won’t.” I accepted the student. I needed the money.¬† “She’s 13 and more interested in sports than music.” I’m … Continue reading

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When to apply for a piano exam

That’s obvious. When the student is ready, right? But is this how we really operate? I know I usually do things backwards. We – teacher/student/parent – decide at the beginning of the year that we’ll plan on doing a particular … Continue reading

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Back to where I started. Kind of.

I didn’t mean to take things this far. It started when a friend sent me a list of top apps – some of which were for teaching music. I wrote about my take on apps and the direction I seem … Continue reading

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Studio Stack-up

And yes, this is a post (and blog) about teaching PIANO. The line-up for the year, with my own definitions for the categories (trying, as always, to fit our Canadian grades into the broader categories used by the publishers): Absolute … Continue reading

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Back to Business

Two more days of this glorious summer laziness – then we hit (press) the keys again. I’m loading up on caffeine and tackling the business at hand. 1. Assignment Sheets/Binders. I’ve tried so many clever sheets – downloading and tweaking … Continue reading

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Clean. Simple. Deep.

We all do it from time to time. Attempt to rein in the stuff of life that has become clutter – physically, spiritually, professionally, emotionally. We need to. On the heels of last week’s comments about apps¬†(and especially after reading … Continue reading

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No apps for me. Here’s why.

It started with Natalie. Her blog, Music Matters, has been around for awhile. What a treasure trove when I discovered it – 5 years ago maybe? I must have bumped up her hits substantially clicking on pretty much every category … Continue reading

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Where are my glasses?

Over the years I’ve honed the whole recital thing logistically. I thought. I even wrote a post about it last year. Things generally go quite smoothly, as they mostly did three days ago. I was getting tougher this year – … Continue reading

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I’m as busy as I want to be

I saw a cute snack idea once. Get ice-cream cones (in the middle of December); mix up some cake batter; pour some of the mix into each cone and bake. Then decorate. In a Christmas theme, obviously. Voila! Cute ice-cream … Continue reading

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Tweak … tweak … tweak

Record store owner and employees upon seeing a recording artist enter their store: “What did you tell her about the shop for?” I ask the others. “I didn’t know it was classified information,” says Barry. “I mean, I know we … Continue reading

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