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Teaching Dreams Come True

In my initial lesson with adult students, I often will introduce the Basics followed by Dreams Come True. It has become a common theme that people really don't understand that diagram; I am considering starting with the right hand of Ode to Joy. Sadly I have lost a couple of students, or their initial trust, because of their discouragement with Dreams Come True. Any suggestions? I say that the diagrams are…

Webinar Series: 07/27/2017 – Piano – Claiming Territory

In this webinar Neil talks about one of the three critical foundational conversations - Claiming Territory, and answers some common questions from teachers about establishing and regaining territory in lessons. Topics include: Where Most Studio Issues Originate (00:08) Understanding ‘Claiming Territory’ & Boundaries (05:22) Allowing Problems to Persist (12:37) Recognizing When Students Claim Territory (18:27) Addressing Territory Issues (29:12) Students Wanting to Expand Relationship with You (33:09) Consequences, Expectations & Promises (35:51) Studio Parents Who are Close Friends (39:14) Reclaiming…

Gaining confidence in Free Introductory Sessions

I have an FIS tonight for a potential adult student. As a long-time traditional teacher, I have struggled with these a bit, realizing that in the past I was selling my own skill as a performer and teacher, and nearly always had students start with me. Learning to sell a method I am still learning to teach an making such a point of this not being traditional has been a struggle for me. I recognize I…

Lengthy FIS/Intro Session

I did an Intro Session last night and I notice they seem to be a little long (an hour to an hour and a half). This may be due to discussing specifics of my policy, practicing, etc. Maybe most or all of this should wait for the Foundation Session? I touch on my policy to give people an idea of what my expectations are, but it seems like a lot in one sitting. I'd appreciate some…

Credibility wih the Long Term Relationship

My daughter had been doodling on the piano for years, and at some point she expressed interest in the traditional lesson materials I'd been using prior to teaching SM. When I started SM, she seemed interested, and so she started taking lessons along with a couple of other kids in my first set of groups last Fall. She was 5 and has just turned 6. For a couple of months now, she has expressed ongoing…

Help with Advertising, Need Ideas

It seems that I am in a very low class area and I'm finding it truly difficult to find students that are committed to lessons. What are some things that you all have done to find your students and keep them. I need consistency and have yet to find enough students to be consistent to even make it through Foundation level one. I need your help. I have raised my prices and things are looking up…

The Benefits of Music Education

Hello Teachers, A few months back at the Symposium in San Diego, I talked about the importance of educating parents, coaches and students about the benefits of music education. When I first started teaching early childhood music and movement nearly 18 years ago, there was an awareness among parents that there was great value for children being in music classes. In the mid 1990s Newsweek,  Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other leading publications ran…

The Power of The Foundation Session

When Neil introduced the company-wide change on how to conduct the initial lesson with any individual or group, he asked for feedback along the way. I want to say that I love it! I introduce it beforehand, as the most important of all the Simply Music lessons they will ever have, in which we will learn how to use all the materials, how a lesson works, how to move back & forth to the piano, what…

Audio Files and Foundation Session

I just wanted to share with you a realization I have had recently. I have listened many times to the Audio Files - The Relationship, Application, Separation and Foundation Session audio have made huge sense, and I felt like I was ready to go into these conversations fully. I recently did a promotion at a shopping centre, grand piano at hand, lots of my students excited about coming to play and it all went very well.…

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