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My Explorations of Yoga as a Pianist & Teacher

Each year during the cold and snowy winters of the Midwest U.S., I miss being active outdoors. The last couple of years, to scratch that itch, I’ve started getting into yoga. I chose yoga because it has so many health benefits — both physically and mentally — some of which are particularly useful to musicians. I have already noticed […]

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Moving Adventures

My husband and I have been happily renting this house for the past three years: This Spring, we decided we were interested in buying our own house.  We were pre-approved for a mortgage and started shopping. Finding a house with a good space for my studio was a priority.  We found a great house in Perrysburg, […]

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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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Sample Studio Newsletter

A reader asked if I could share a sample of a studio newsletter, so here’s a few screenshots!  Click the thumbnails below to view each page larger:   For most newsletters, I also include a list of music events going on in the community.  I think it’s great for students and their families to hear […]

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DIY Floor Music Staff for $10

I’ve been wanting a floor staff for a long time.  Now I finally have one!

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Forum Q&A | Saying Goodbye to Piano Students Before Moving Away

At our last Forum Q&A discussion, we talked about new year’s resolutions for piano teachers!  Click here to view the responses. Over the weekend, I received an email from a reader who is preparing to move and must say “goodbye” to all her students.  I’d love to start a discusion about piano teachers saying goodbye […]

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Just Added: Musical Alphabet Cards

There are others who have shared alphabet card printables similar to what I’m posting today, but I’m adding mine to the mix anyway.  :)  I wanted some that would work well to print onto colored cardstock paper.  Since I don’t have a color printer, this is an easy way I can still get colorful things […]

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Forum Q&A | Safety Practices for Traveling Teachers

Wow, last week’s Forum Q&A received some great responses about advertising!  Thank you, and be sure to read what everyone had to say by clicking here!  As always, it’s never to late to add  your thoughts to the discussion. A few days ago, I received an email from a Color In My Piano reader with […]

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Teacher Feature | Mariel Mohns

It’s halfway through the month already, which means it’s time for a… Teacher Feature!  :)  Meet Mariel from Mississippi! Name: Mariel Mohns Studio Name: Mariel Mohns Music Website: http://mariel.mohnsmusic.com Blog: http://marielmohnsmusic.blogspot.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/pianomariel Email: mariel@mohnsmusic.com Please tell us about your piano and/or teaching background! I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 years old and loved piano, but […]

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Hear my New Piano!

I promised over a month ago that I would post a video so you could hear my new piano!  I wanted to wait until after I got it tuned, of course, and recently I finally got around to recording something. In this YouTube video, I’m playing a short piece I composed during undergrad called “Contemplation.” […]

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Studio Marketing: The Studio Newsletter

You may not immediately see a connection between your studio’s monthly newsletter and marketing…but there is one, I assure you!  Marketing means promoting your studio, which includes keeping current customers of your service satisfied.  One of the keys to keeping customers satisfied is over-delivering: giving more than expected.  Newsletters are one great way to over-deliver.  And so, […]

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