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Recording students for teacher certification

When do you record your students' playing? I'm at a point where I should be able to become certified, but I haven't been good at doing the student recordings because I feel like it's unfair to them to take up their class time with recording them for my purposes. I also don't necessarily want to submit recordings of every student I have in any particular group. At the end of every…

Teacher in a valley

I'm hoping to find some advice and encouragement. For several months, I have felt bogged down in studio management (mostly involving recruiting and keeping students since my finances are very restricted at the moment). In the process of trying to fill vacancies and keep my financial boat afloat, I am losing the joy of teaching and constantly feel drained. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep energized and excited about teaching while feeling totally…

When students catch up to teachers

One of my students is on the verge of "outgrowing" me as a SM teacher. I was honest with her mom about it to set the stage in case I need to "graduate" her daughter to another, more advanced teacher. The mom home schools her kids, and told me she's happy for me to learn alongside her daughter. She said home school teachers are not expected to be PHds. She also said if I choose not…

Teaching tip: Preparatory Learning

Teach a very small portion of something without revealing what it's leading to. This works great with Arrangements, e.g. Soapy Dreams (Dreams #2): I teach just the LH chord shape and ask students to try it in different locations on the piano. Once everyone's got it (usually the next lesson or two), I ask them to remember a few positions for the chord: first D on bottom, the C, and go back and forth so we…

Parental non-disclosure of special needs

I'm in a bit of a teacher valley. A brand new 11-year-old student (just one month of lessons) has quit, though we had lots of good Foundation talks and relationship talks. He was progressing slowly but surely with the Basics and RH/LH of Dreams. He had some minor struggles with sentence 2 of Dreams but nothing I have not seen other students overcome easily through practice. He was so excited in the beginning. His parents texted…

Understanding Chord Structure – Laurie Richards (Webinar)

In this interactive teacher webinar, Laurie walks through the 'rules' of how chords are built. Using slides for visual reinforcement of the concepts, the following topics are clearly covered: Major Scale How Triads are Built Other Chord Tones 7th Chords Extended Chords Chord Voicing Chord Alterations

Improving teaching over time

One thing I love about starting a new group is a chance for me to "do it better". To put more emphasis on things I might have glossed over previously. I have a couple of adult beginning classes and I am using keypads more than I ever have before during class. I love that it is a common sight to see three or four people with a keypad playing along with the person at the…

Rejuvenated by teaching

Just grateful! Something stressful was going on earlier today (unrelated to SM) and after teaching I realized all the stress was gone and I was just rejuvenated, not to mention the progress my students had made. Being refreshed in the process of teaching has been my repeated experience again and again, in spite of the various commitments and occasional challenges! Until 2 years ago I was a full-time computer programmer and in that profession it was…

Value of local teacher gatherings

Just wanted to share a little about our local teacher gathering we had over the weekend. There were 10 of us who met in Omaha, NE. We didn't have an agenda this time, just reconnected, addressed questions, shared ideas and tips, and had a great time. The following topics ended up in our conversations: - Tuition rate & vacation week comparison (I think a few will be adding vacation weeks now!) - What we teach in…

Webinar Series: 06/20/017 – Piano – Presenting Introductory Sessions

In this webinar you will learn how the Introductory Sessions came about, how to get people to attend them, and tips for presenting successful FISs. Topics include: Genesis of Introductory Sessions (00:08) Format of Introductory Sessions (06:07) Discussing Parent Roles & Requirements at FIS (10:13) FIS Transcript & Making it Your Own (20:43) Answering Curriculum Questions in the FIS (24:00) Reviewing Training Materials (29:04) Scheduling Lesson Times (30:54) Getting Potential Students to FIS’s & Marketing (33:53) Click through the video…

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