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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 One of the opportunities I have at the Studios of Sarah Strout is to teach a group piano class to three 4- and 5-year-olds. Being relatively new to teaching group classes, it's been a great learning opportunity for me regarding teaching strategies and being creative in class time. A useful tool I've been using lately has been, surprisingly, play-dough. I will have my students...

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by Saleh Sabat Shopping online has become a huge part of our culture. You can, quite literally, but ANYTHING on the web. It’s pretty amazing. There are many pros to buying an instrument online. Some of the pros are: convenience, price, and wider market selection than what you would find locally. However, many prospective buyers are scared to purchase their instruments online. Over the last 10 years,...

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New Features! Studio Helper has been busy! We have rolled out several new features this last week. They are: Add multiple teachers to a task. On the home page you can now assign more than one teacher to a task. Added an email address field to the Student Registration Report. You can now save and add another in the expenses, expenses categories and vendors. There is now an "email parent"...

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By Julia Kossuth As the first month of lessons has passed, for this school year anyway, it’s been interesting to watch the interest, progress, and motivation for each student take shape. Here at the Studios of Sarah Strout, we use a point system in which each student can earn points for practicing, memorizing, performing for family, and more, all going towards getting as big a trophy...

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