All posts by Shanta Hejmadi

Shanta runs the blog Minding Your Own Business, and teaches business classes for music teachers. She also runs a piano studio of about 30 students in Minneapolis, MN

The Problem with Getting Un-Depressed, or Motivated and Discontent

As I was coming out of my most recent trough of depression, a strange thing happened. My mood was better, sort of. Even on my best day I couldn’t shake a deep feeling of discontent, except now I was really motivated (you’ll see why this is problem in a minute…). Motivated and Discontent One morning … Continue reading The Problem with Getting Un-Depressed, or Motivated and Discontent

Teaching With Depression (Part 2)

This is the story of my saddest teaching day ever.  But first, A Primer in Minnesota Behavior: (Warning: stereotypes ahead) Minnesotans don’t talk much about their feelings.  The question, “How are you doing?” will most likely prompt one of the following responses – normally with no elaboration: “Fine.” “Pretty good.” “Not too bad.” “Can’t complain.” … Continue reading Teaching With Depression (Part 2)

Teaching With Depression (Part 1)

I haven’t posted in a long time. The burnout I was facing at the beginning of the summer has lifted.  Unfortunately, the intermittent bouts of sadness and depression to which I’ve been prone for a couple years have taken its place.  So today I shift gears slightly, and puzzle out, how do I do this … Continue reading Teaching With Depression (Part 1)

Time to Slow the F*** Down and Take a Break

Slow the f*** down, already Shanta.  This is what my life has been telling me this summer. So I’m finally going to take a break. But before I do, I want to tell you the story of why, in hopes that you’ll give yourself permission to slow the *you-know-what* down too. May: My studio’s piano recital … Continue reading Time to Slow the F*** Down and Take a Break

When Students Quit

The summer student-quitting frenzy is coming.  I can feel it.  I had a student give her notice the other day.  This happens every year, no matter how hard I work at doing things to retain my students. My highest turnover time for students is always late spring and summer.  Now that it’s started, I’m on … Continue reading When Students Quit

Top 5 Tips for a Successful Studio

This week I had the opportunity to give a virtual guest lecture to the Vocal Pedagogy class at Shorter University.  My friend, their professor, had asked me to come in and talk about what it takes to run a successful studio.  So I came up with my Top 5 Tips – aka, my quick-and-dirty advice … Continue reading Top 5 Tips for a Successful Studio

You Can Take the Girl Out of Science…

…but you can’t take the science out of the girl. aka: A Better Practice App Review full of cold, hard, facts; and why you might want some solid data on your studio. Ready for an embarrasing admission? I am a HUGE geek.  I love data.  I love crunching said data.  I love averages, percentages, and … Continue reading You Can Take the Girl Out of Science…

The Better Practice App – you’ve gotta see this.

Check out Better Practice App, the new practicing app/lesson management app on the scene! Well, it’s official. I joined the 21st century in my piano teaching studio. In case you’re wondering how someone who built a website and is creating an online course could possibly NOT be in the 21st century: Guess what? It took … Continue reading The Better Practice App – you’ve gotta see this.

How to Balance Performing and Teaching

Do you perform in your community? Or anywhere else, for that matter?  Do you ever feel like balancing what’s best for your performing career with your teaching studio is like walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon?  In Stiletto heels? Performing is a great way to be visible in your community, and can even bring in … Continue reading How to Balance Performing and Teaching

More Reasons to Charge a Premium Rate for Your Music Lessons

I hear these complaints from private music teachers all the time: “Music lessons are such a low priority in the family budget, I’m the first extra-curricular to get dropped.” “Parents today just don’t see the value in music education – I constantly lose students to sports seasons.  Why do the baseball teams get to dictate … Continue reading More Reasons to Charge a Premium Rate for Your Music Lessons