Category Archives: Dealing with difficult students

How to Solve 4 Common Music Studio Problems

Did you know you can solve these 4 common music studio problems with a strong (and strongly enforced) studio policies document:  Unprepared students, no shows, students who come sick, and getting paid on time. Here’s How: Vexation # 1:  Unprepared, as usual. You’re getting ready for Suzy’s lesson, and you just know she’ll show up without … Continue reading How to Solve 4 Common Music Studio Problems

The Coachable Musician (and Music Teacher)

What does it mean to be coachable? To me it means being able to take feedback about yourself, your playing, your teaching, etc., without getting defensive, and then doing what the feedback giver suggests. It takes tremendous trust and vulnerability to be truly coachable.  You’re trying something new and all you have is your coach’s … Continue reading The Coachable Musician (and Music Teacher)

10 Ways to Act Like a Professional [Music Instructor]

Something sort of perversely funny struck me the last time I was teaching Creating a Profitable, No Burnout Music Teaching Studio.  One item on the long list of reasons why music is valuable was “creates self confidence and self esteem.”  And yet here I was talking to a group of talented music teachers who struggled … Continue reading 10 Ways to Act Like a Professional [Music Instructor]

My Guru, My Teacher (Part 2)

Back on the subject of “Guru”, the Teacher, the Imparter of Knowledge, the one who is Heavy With Knowledge…. My own experience with my voice teacher (my Guru) has illuminated how I think of teaching piano.  In case you don’t know, my first instrument is my voice, and I am a far more accomplished singer … Continue reading My Guru, My Teacher (Part 2)

My Guru, My Teacher (Part 1)

My Teacher, My Guru Part I My dad is from India.  Aside from a lot of really amazing cooking that happens at my parents’ house, another thing this means for me is that I’ve learned about a lot of Eastern ideas that don’t have good equivalents in English.  One of these is the idea of … Continue reading My Guru, My Teacher (Part 1)