Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment

Just added to the page of free Printables > Studio Business: > Lesson & Payment Record Chart 2010-2011 (3 page pdf) Summertime is a great time to do some planning for the next academic year of teaching!  As you can see, I’ve been keeping busy…..  This chart is designed for the 2010-2011 year in mind, […]

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Teaching Music Theory: Our Responsibility

This article talks about why integrating a music theory component is important for teaching private lessons in piano or any musical instrument. It is our responsibility as music teachers to give our students a well-rounded education in the area of music – including theory.

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Could you do without a vacation day?

Just wanted to send out a quick reminder to check out the June monthly forum topic, Making Your Vocation a Vacation and add your thoughts, if you haven’t yet.  There are some great comments there already, discussing ways to keep your teaching successful and enjoyable.  We have just over a week left in June, so […]

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Just Added: Scales & Primary Chords Worksheet 1 (CGDF)

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Dealing with Performance Anxiety

Your hands are cold and shaky, your heart is racing, and you find it hard to breath.  Are you sick?  Are you having a nightmare?  No, you’re about to play your instrument in a recital, and the symptoms you are experiencing are due to performance anxiety — better known as stage fright. Performance anxiety affects […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Survey on Motivation and Piano Playing

I recently recieved an email from a college student who is doing some research for a project about motivation and piano playing, and she could use your help!  Here’s what she has to say: Hello everyone!  I am a student at Cape Breton University, Canada, and I am currently involved in conducting some research involving […]

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What to Say at Studio Recitals

Today’s post is in answer to a question I received from a reader via email: I am giving my first ever piano recital this Sunday and I am unsure what I should say to parents at the recital.  Besides welcoming them, what sorts of messages are good? Thanks! Personally, I don’t feel the need to give a […]

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My Thoughts on Practice Requirements

Many of you may remember being required by your piano teachers growing up to practice a certain amount of minutes each day/week.  Perhaps your requirement looked something like this: 15 minutes a day, 140 minutes each week, or 45 minutes, 5 days a week. One of my previous teachers built her incentive program around how […]

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Free Studio Website Builder:

Have you thought about starting a website for your studio, but felt that you didn’t have the resources or expertise to build one?  Check out — an attractive and easy-to-use online resource where you can create a website for free. Personally, I currently use iWeb software (comes free on all Mac computers) to create and […]

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