Category Archives: studio business

Organizing Games

One of the questions that arose during the presentation about music games (see the handout here) that I gave last week for the Summit County OMTA chapter and at the 2014 MusicEdConnect.com conference was… How do you organize your games? You may remember some months back when I blogged about finding this little filing cabinet […]

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Chair for Piano Teaching

Since moving to my current town, I have been using a hard wooden chair (a $5 find at Goodwill) when I teach piano lessons. Two-and-a-half-years later, I decided it was high time I bought something more comfortable.  On wheels.  And less creaky.  :) The space next to the piano is tight, so I knew I […]

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Studio Artwork Notebook update

Remember back in April when I visited Jody and her Piano Cottage?  In her waiting room area, she had a blank notebook lying around for students to draw artwork. After being inspired by Jody, I ordered a blank, hardcover notebook from Amazon for my own waiting room area. It has been a few months now, and I […]

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Studio Business — Printables Updated for 2013-14

I have just finished updating two of the studio business forms from the Printables page. The first one is the Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment pdf – I have updated the dates for use for the 2013-2014 school year.  I received a number of requests from teachers to make this form available again this year, […]

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TeachPianoToday.com Podcast

Have you heard about the new podcast for piano teachers created by the folks at TeachPianoToday.com? I have enjoyed listening to the first few episodes since they launched their podcast last month (click here to listen to Episode 1 and Episode 2). So, I was honored when Andrea asked if I would be willing to […]

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Fun Little Drawers

For a while now, I’ve been looking for something with more drawers to put in my studio.  I have lots of drawers across the room, but I wanted something small enough for the spot next to my chair when I teach. I recently found this fun little filing cabinet for $30 at a thrift store: […]

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Forum Q&A: Health Insurance for Self-Employed Music Teachers

Our last Forum Q&A post was sharing about the first piano you learned on as a child.  It was fun hearing your piano stories! It’s time for a new Forum Q&A topic.  This one is an important topic for any self-employed music teacher to consider: Health insurance! Do you pay for your own health insurance […]

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My New Business Cards

I was running low on business cards, so I ordered some new ones a couple weeks ago.  I decided to try my hand at a little bit of graphic design and make the cards myself in Photoshop Elements.  I’ve ordered from Moo.com in the past and have been very pleased with the quality, so I […]

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App Review: Moosic Studio

I was recently contacted by Carlos Fontiveros, creator of the brand new Moosic Studio app, which is designed to help manage the business side of running a teaching studio.  You can best read about it in his own words: Moosic Studio was created for my wife, Margaret, and her piano & voice studio.  I started off […]

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Classical Music To Attract (or Scare) Your Trick-Or-Treaters

This year for Halloween, I plan to pass out candy with my studio name on it again and wear my piano costume dress again.  I was thinking about having some scary classical music playing on my porch too, so I compiled a list of music!  Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to […]

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Freebie: Piano Lessons Flyer Template #2

I’ve created a new flyer template for advertising piano lessons, and have just added it to the Printables > Studio Business page!  (Scroll down to the P’s for “Piano Lessons Flyer Template #2.) This flyer template has the rip-off tabs just like the previous one, but this one is in color and includes a picture of […]

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Business Topics for Piano Teachers

On Friday, I gave a presentation for the local MTNA chapter back in my hometown, the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids.  This association was the first one I joined as an undergraduate music major and piano teacher.  I learned so much from the presentations I attended during those years!  It was so fun to […]

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