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How does your studio stack up against the schools around you?  Do you try to match up with schools,  or to contrast with them?   A studio is a kind of school, so it’s natural to make the comparison.

While many studios probably don’t make a deliberate decision about it, some feel they are taken more seriously if they incorporate elements of regular school, while others see themselves as an environment that offers a break from the school mold.  It would be interesting to hear from you (add a comment below) whether your studios tends in one direction or the other.

The most obvious connection of studios with schools is in the calendar.  Some studios coordinate closely with days-off or vacations of local schools; others pay no attention because it is often precisely during those school breaks that students have more time and flexibility to come to the studio.  Many studios split the difference, recognizing that people are more likely to be away during school breaks, and offering makeups, but still allowing lessons and classes to proceed.

The less obvious but more important comparisons with schools, however, have to do with teaching methods and attitudes.  Although individual teachers have to work in their own ways, the studio can also set a tone in these areas.

For example, is practicing is treated as homework?  Are there studio-wide benchmarks, grades, or tests?  How do students proceed from one level to the next?  Are there achievement awards?  Do teachers use a curriculum of some kind?  These can be discussed either at the level of teaching or at a studio level — but they all live in the shadow of … the Big Question!

PDF of “Facebook_1”Last blog entry I discussed how I communicate with clients, faculty, and staff at my music school, Brooklyn Music Factory. This entry is going to be a follow up pointing out what seems to have worked and what seems to have failed for us. Assessing regularly your system of communication and outreach is vital, I believe, to ensuring that you are reaching everyone you intend to connect with. To me, efficiency in communicating is important because is allows my faculty and I to stay focused on what we do best which is develop our unique curriculum and methodology for teaching music to our 75 students.

At Studio Helper, we're always working hard to bring you new improvements and make our program even better, based on the feedback we receive from our customers. New Registration and Enrollment Feature This month, we launched a new Registration and Enrollment feature. This allows you to create open enrollment classes that your students can register for themselves. Go to Calendar -> Enrollment Forms, and setup your class...

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Here is a list of the latest features and updates in Studio Helper. Thank you for using Studio Helper, and for your great feedback. New Features: The Family Accounts Report now has an option to filter the report to show only "Active" students. Former teachers are no longer listed in the calendar list. Added Vietnam Dong currency symbol option. Bug Fixes: Some studios were having trouble sending Event Reminders manually. This...

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Notes on PianoSometimes a studio, its teachers, students, and visitors, could use some food for thought, some inspiration.  In this article you might find some material to pass along to a teacher or some students, or even a quote to post on your bulletin board.

Nearly 20 years ago, a grateful student gave me Ernst Bacon’s book Notes on the Piano.  I don’t teach or perform piano, but she assured me it was worth reading anyway.

She was right.  It’s an amazingly thought-provoking book for musicians and music teachers.  Ernst Bacon (1898-1990) was an American composer and pianist.  Below, I have selected a number of quotes that might be of interest to you.  There is more discussion of each in the book, and also many more topics and ideas.  I heartily recommend the book itself.  Here’s a link to getting a used copy via Amazon.

The book begins with the author’s suggestion that the book is “to be nibbled” – opened and read here and there and anywhere.  Here are some snippets allowing you to do just that.