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Outgrowing My StudioEvery year it seems that I blog about a big change happening in my studio: renovating, hiring another teacher, taking the summer off to have a baby…and now, moving to a bigger location!

My studio has grown from being a traveling one (where I went to my student’s homes), to a small one-room space in my house, to another part of my home which includes a separate entrance, waiting room, and restroom in addition to the studio.

That has worked very well for me and my students over the last three years, but I’m at the point where I need a studio that is not located at my home. Exciting? Yes. Scary? Definitely. So why make the move when at this point in time, I have virtually no overhead costs?

By Julia Kossuth We here at the Studios of Sarah Strout are so excited about our upcoming summer programs! Summer is a great time to offer extra activities for our students as well as have a bit more fun than in the more structured school year. Aside from regular lessons, here are a few of the programs we will be having: "Frozen" Camp Campers will get to sing...

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In a recent post, The Masterclass: Then and Now, I discussed the purpose and importance of a Masterclass. Masterclasses are an integral part of my studio and I usually hold two or three per studio year. I enjoy the benefits of having my teaching validated by another colleague and it is so helpful for students to hear the some of the same ideas reinforced...

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By Julia Kossuth This month, I've asked a few of our teachers to comment on what they love the most about teaching. As teachers, we do far more than just instruct kids about the various facets of music, but also love the one-on-one interaction and relationships we get to build with each child. One of the most rewarding parts of teaching music is being a part of...

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NFMC Piano FestivalEvery year, many of my piano and voice students participate in our local Junior Festival, hosted by the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs. Preparation for Festival begins in November when they choose their pieces, and then they work hard for the next four months learning, memorizing, and perfecting.

Needless to say, it’s a stressful time of year not only for my students, but for me as their teacher! The Festival is held over two weekends in late February, and it is only afterwards that we can all breathe a little easier.

I like to celebrate my students’ successes following Festival season, even if just in a few simple (and sometimes silly) ways. More than anything, I want them to know how proud I am of their hard work and performances.