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by Jennene Estes, Catoctin School of Music Almost all of my most successful motivational ideas are borrowed, stolen, or are a modified version of another teacher’s idea.  “Listen Like a Maniac” is no exception. Michelle Horner and her daughter were practicing daily.  Together, they were carefully following the advice of her daughter’s violin teacher.  But even though Michelle is an accomplished guitar teacher, her daughter’s progress on...

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What does a music studio manager do? Obviously they manage their music studios, but their everyday tasks can sometimes be made more difficult when encountering some of the most common mistakes in the business. Let’s have a look at some of these common mistakes and how to correct them or avoid them altogether in order to become a better music studio manager. Not Taking Care of the...

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We all know that starting  a project can be the hardest part, but when you are in charge of a dance studio, you can't let your guard down. One of the biggest commitments of being a dance studio manager is that it will require your constant attention and time in order to be successful. Here are just a few reminders to stay on the right path to...

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Being a teacher or a studio manager (or both) certainly takes a lot of your time. It can feel like more than you can handle, but this could be due to bad organization or lack of proper scheduling. Picture a room, if you have a very messy and disorganized room it will feel as if there were too many things lying around when it's actually just...

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By Alyssa Cowell, Catoctin School of Music As musicians, we understand the importance of expression when it comes to interpreting a piece. As teachers, we want to help our students develop technical skills that will allow him/her to play in a manner that touches an audience. In order to decide what techniques to apply, however, a musician has to have a clear understanding of the message...

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