Laurie Richards

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Hardly Making Money—Thinking About Quitting

I have been teaching since October 2009 and I enjoyed teaching at first, but lately I’ve been getting very frustrated with Simply Music. Around here(Central IL) I can hardly get students, let alone get them to pay enough to make me a profit. I’m being…

Spreading Materials Cost

I’d seen someone talk about handling materials expenses by just upping the monthly fee to include a contribution toward materials, avoiding lots of separate administrative stuff with separate orders and such. I realized that I like this idea a lot, and I’ve run it by…

Shocking Feedback can be Excellent Feedback

I’d like recommendations on how to handle the feedback from this parent. (Please see below.) They’ve missed the last two and have only come to two classes, up to and finishing the “pentatonic” concept. The recreation only allows refund if they’ve requested for it before…

Distance Learning

I have a dad who is moving to Indiana to become one of the assistant. coaches for Notre Dame. They’d like to continue lessons with me by webcasting? Has anyone ever done that? Tips and thoughts would help? I have done this a few times…

Teaching Minor Scales

Can someone recommend to me how they teach their students the Minor Scales? I teach major scales in the order of the circle of fifths. Then, I usually start with natural minor, and show the relationship with the relative major, since they have the same…

Panther Digital Materials Different

I’m working on learning Panther in Level 9. Is there a reason that the final chord in the printed music is not played in the demo or taught in the teacher or student videos? Cool chord–assuming it’s a reference to “Pink Panther”. Ha, even I…

Key Signature Flat Not Played

Having trouble wording an answer for a student. He’s perceptive and quick, and he asked me today why there’s a flat in the key signature for First Signs of Winter when there is never actually a B played in the song. How would you explain…