Foundation Session

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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…

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…

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…

“Trying it out”

What is your take on parents who say “We’re just going to try this for a year and see if it works”? Do you take on the student and think of it as an opportunity to impact the parents’ viewpoint since this is the way…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…