Category Archives: studio business

Recital Invitation & Program Template

My students and I are currently preparing pieces for our Spring Recital.  I like to schedule my recital early (March or April), to avoid the busy end-of-the-year season. This year, I decided to design some simple recital invitations for students to share with family and friends.  I printed these myself on cardstock paper. I also designed […]

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Digital Version: Spreadsheet for Payments Received

For the past couple of years, I’ve been using a form I created using Microsoft Word to track payments received from piano students each month.  I printed a new sheet each month (that way I could update the student roster list each month as it inevitably evolves), inserted it into my three-ring binder, and then penned in the […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Bobclass for Studio Management

Note: As you can tell, this week I’ve been playing catch-up with a few apps I’ve been wanting to share!  Hope you don’t mind all of the reviews/giveaways this week.  :) Bobclass ($19.99) — iPad only. I’m so excited to share my review of this studio management app with you today!  Let me begin by sharing Bobclass’ description: […]

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PDF Updated for 2014-15: Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment

I have just finished updating one of the studio business forms from the Printables page for the 2014-15 school year.  It is called the Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment pdf.  I don’t currently use this form myself anymore, but I have received a couple of requests from teachers who used it last year so I was happy to update […]

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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 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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Have you heard about the new podcast for piano teachers created by the folks at 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 in the past and have been very pleased with the quality, so I […]

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