Monthly Archives: August 2010

Building Your Studio: What to Say on the Phone

This post gives some ideas for what to say on the phone when a potential student (or parent) calls.

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Just Added: Student Achievements Record Printable

Just added to the Printables > Studio Business page: Student Achievements Record This printable is designed for the teacher to keep records of each students’ achievements, including the completion of music books, the completion of notable pieces of repertoire, the performance of a piece for an audience, and other achievements.  Keeping such a record is […]

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Interpretation & Staying True to the Score

This post compares two interpretations of Franz Liszt’s concert etude, Waldesrauschen. It also discusses the importance of being able to follow the markings on the score in such a way that the listener can easily hear them whether they are familiar with the piece or not.

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Tension and Piano Playing

A brief discussion about issues with tension in piano playing.

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Just Added: Scales & Primary Chords 4 (DbC#GbF#)

Just added to the Printables > Worksheets page: Scales & Primary Chords 4 (DbC#GbF#) Worksheet This worksheet is a continuation of set of worksheets that practice writing out scales and primary chords on the staff (click here to view the first one which is for the keys C, G, D, and F, click here to […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Just Added: Scales & Primary Chords 3 (BbEbAbB)

Just added to the Printables > Worksheets page: Scales & Primary Chords 3 (BbEbAbB) Worksheet This worksheet is a continuation of set of worksheets that practice writing out scales and primary chords on the staff (click here to view the first one, which is for the keys C, G, D, and F, or click here […]

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Just a few updates…

Just a few updates…… On the post about the Summer Piano Mini-Camp a few weeks ago, Jennifer commented: “I have been toying with offering something similar on a regular basis. Do you happen to know anything about insurance issues for students?”  What a great idea – and what a great question!  I have to admit […]

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Dealing with Frustration: Be Okay with Mistakes & Keep it Fun!

At a piano lesson this week, I observed my student grow increasingly frustrated with herself whenever she made a mistake.  She would “growl” at herself and start back at the beginning of the phrase. After observing this continue for a few moments, I decided to stop her and address the issue. There were three reasons […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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The August Forum: How do you keep your students motivated?

Contribute to the August 2010 Forum discussion topic: How do you keep your students motivated?

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Just Added: Scales & Primary Chords 2 (DAEBb) Worksheet

Just added to the Printables > Worksheets page: Scales & Primary Chords 2 (DAEBb) Worksheet This worksheet is a continuation of set of worksheets that practice writing out scales and primary chords on the staff (click here to view the first one, which is for the keys C, G, D, and F). Ideally, this worksheet […]

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