Category Archives: Long Term Teaching

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

How to Become a Better Music Teacher Every Year

So you want to know how to be become a better music teacher. How to keep it fresh and exciting. How to stay energized about your craft for years and years. Let’s take a few lessons from my years in the trenches of Human Resources: A good employer knows that they need to keep their … Continue reading How to Become a Better Music Teacher Every Year

Are You Fierce?

Have you seen the quotation from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  “though she be but little, she is fierce” (Act 3, Scene 2, line 325)?  It’s been on all kinds of websites and memes about girl power, and I identified with it a lot.  Because though I am but little, I am fierce. Just to … Continue reading Are You Fierce?

MF Seeks LTR: Managing a Long Term Relationship with Teaching Music

I may be completely dating myself here, but do you remember those old personals ads, SWF seeks a partner for fun, dates, and possible LTR?  When I first got into teaching piano, I was told (in my Simply Music training program) that I was embarking on a long term relationship with teaching music.  Like any … Continue reading MF Seeks LTR: Managing a Long Term Relationship with Teaching Music