Interviewing Prospective Students – Part 2

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Interviewing the Transfer Student The interview process for the transfer student provides a window of opportunity. First, to see if your studio is the right fit. Second, to assess skills and knowledge, and third, a great way to start planning curriculum if it turns out to be a good fit! I have developed a form… Read more »

Practice, practice, practice!

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By Meridith Johnson Practicing.  This topic seems to be highly debated over the years under the umbrella of music education.  With so many different opinions and approaches, what is the best policy or view of practicing? How much should we as teachers require our students to practice?  Or what about students who put too much… Read more »

Interviewing Prospective Students – Part 1

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In a recent blog, I discussed the phone interview. The next step is to meet face to face. Before I accept a student, I always meet with both parent and student in person. Whether you call it a consultation, initial mini-lesson or interview, this meeting is a crucial part of my studio procedures. It is… Read more »

Evaluating Yourself as a Teacher

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Last month I wrote about how I use my completely non-professional equipment (as in iPhone) to record my students playing and allow them to hear mistakes, or record myself playing a passage they struggle with so they have a sample for home practice. I recently decided to use recording technology to record a few lessons… Read more »

The Parent Part of the Equation

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By Wayne Estes Let’s face it, we music teachers all love to teach, perform and practice our chosen instruments, but how do we get our information over to our young students and have it stick?  The parent! I did some math awhile ago and I learned that there are about 75 to 85 “extra hours”… Read more »

Keeping in Touch During Studio Downtime

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Last month, I shared with you that I’m taking the summer off for maternity leave. My baby was born a little over two weeks ago, and since that day, he has been my #1 priority. But that doesn’t mean my students are “out of sight, out of mind” for the next two months. The last… Read more »

Using Technology in Your Studio

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I have long wanted to purchase recording equipment for my studio, but it has always been cost prohibitive. I have recently realized that I don’t need fancy recording equipment for some of the things that I’ve been hoping to do with my students. I may be the last person in this country to purchase a… Read more »

How are we doing?

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How do you determine if you are meeting the needs of your customers? Periodically, I have created surveys for my students to evaluate my teaching and my studio programs. In the past, I have used the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) assessment tools and have also developed custom surveys. I have usually handed out hard… Read more »

Taking an Extended Break

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Since opening my studio almost 7 years ago, I’ve never taken more than 2.5 weeks off. But that is about to change, because I am entering an entirely new stage of my life: motherhood. When I left my full-time job to become a full-time business owner and studio teacher, my husband and I discussed that… Read more »

The Case for Summer Music Lessons

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It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are gearing up for summer. Vacations are being planned, plane tickets booked and everyone looks forward with great anticipation to relaxation and good times. What most people are not gearing up for are summer music lessons. I’ve heard many arguments both for and against summer… Read more »