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Chat – Using Technology in Your Studio

1) A computer It can operate like the hub or head office for your business. Can be used to create word documents, marketing materials, concert programs, certificates etc. Access music students are interested in via youtube or to order music they want to play Access to email Can be used to digitize, and organize various areas of your business. Spreadsheets can be used to track student weekly lessons as well as any other important…

Chat – Things That Work

Kerry H (USA)  Hi Everyone! I thought what I'd do tonight, instead of it being a session where you guys ask lots of questions, that I just talk about a few things. If there's anything that's unclear as I go along, please feel free to stop me and ask questions. Well this is a very broad topic, and there are many areas that I could discuss, and we could be here all night/day, but we'll just see how…

Chat – Teaching Students with Diagnosed Disabilities

cathyh (usa)  For tonight, let’s agree to set political correctness aside in order to be able to talk openly. SandyUSA  Go for it! Barbara G (USA)  yes cathyh (usa)  Neil’s recent post referenced students with undiagnosed disabilities. It is very important to understand how different his situation is, from what I am exploring tonight. Neil dealt with the incorrectly diagnosed, the undiagnosed or the loosely 'labeled' student. His work was about causing behavioral shifts. Tonight’s discussion is…

Chat – Student Concerts

The following is an edited transcript of a Chatroom Session with Gordon Harvey, Simply Music’s Australian Manager. Gordon is one of our Senior Associate Teachers, and here he is discussing aspects of holding concerts for your students. Gordon H (AUS)  Kerry, you asked about doing a concert at times other than Xmas. I've done them mid-year, too. Every Xmas time I swear I'll do two a year, but then i don't get round to organizing it. Kerry V…

Chat – More Teaching Arrangements

Gordon H (Aus)  Today we’re moving into some more specific strategies for the arrangements pieces. In arrangements, more of the “when & how” is left up to the teacher than in other parts of SM. It’s easy, when we’re given such clear, step-by-step instructions for the foundation pieces, to feel somewhat lost with the more loosely structured strategies of the Arrangements. We talked about this in a recent teacher meeting here in Melbourne, and it became clear that…

Chat – The Accompaniment Program

I have three main things I want to say today about the Accompaniment 1 program: 1. Pre-introduction conversations......... 2. beginning the special program with an overview 3. keeping it moving and alive, while keeping it small and manageable. First, I want to talk about the conversations that lead up to starting the Acc. program. We have several opportunities to de-mystify, and justify, the accomps. for our students and parents.  Accompaniment is a big word for the kids........ and…

Chat – Teaching Level 1

sreingold  Do you have any questions regarding how to teach Level One? Ruth3(Aus) Do you use Arrangements during level 1? sreingold  Yes, Ruth, I do. I start teaching arrangement earlier than many I think. I see no reason not to usually, unless people are struggling or just not absorbing so much so quickly.  I find that the overall majority are ready to start learning without notes from the beginning, and I think it is a good thing to get them used…

Chat – Transitioning Traditional Students

Musicmaker:  I am Cindy Bettinger, who, along with Karen Tucker, reside in Charleston Illinois. I switched all my students over to SM in the fall of '03 and the winter of 04.  Did anyone here start out teaching traditionally? Helen P (AUS)  No. I was trained traditionally (10years), but never taught trad. sreingoldUSA  I didn't teach traditionally before but get inquiries from students who have learnt traditionally and so am a very interested in this conversation. Barbara G…

Chat – Getting Off To A Good Start

Bernie (USA)  Welcome to this chat session entitled “Getting Off to a Good Start.” We’ll go ahead and get started. There may be others who will join us. What I’d like to do is leave questions for the end and take some time to share some thoughts and experiences about what has worked and hasn’t worked for me in my studio at the beginning of this chat session. Would you all tell me how long you…

Chat – Managing Practice

Kevin M (USA)  Who wants to ask the first question? Nancy L (USA)  how do you get a 17 year old boy who just learned how to drive to practice? Ha! Rhea P (Aus)  Well, I do struggle a bit with getting some kids to play enough. Kevin M (USA)  Firstly, it's always important to ask why.  I want to know why a student has not practiced, because it is always a matter of students needing to…

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