Category Archives: Being a Professional

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…

Give Your Future Students Attentive Space

The Secrets of Marketing Your Music Studio Without Feeling Pushy or Seeming Desperate. A guest post by Rebecca Tall Brown of TrilineMarketing.com If you stand at your local craft store, as I was doing last month, you’ll witness the pull-down, put-back of product — reflective of people in that space who are thinking about starting projects.Yarn … Continue reading Give Your Future Students Attentive Space

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

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

To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

Is it time to take the plunge and rent music studio space for your private teaching studio? Or is it time to move your rented teaching studio back into your living room? If you teach from home, you’ve probably thought about renting studio space. If you teach in a rented space, you’ve probably thought about … Continue reading To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

You guessed it, I’m talking about myself. Building a website is intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  You might feel like you need a “WordPress for Beginners” or “WordPress for Dummies” book. But not to worry – if your students can all go on YouTube and learn to play Taylor Swift’s latest hit, you can use … Continue reading WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

Website Building for Beginners

I am a web-design toddler.  I need frequent time-outs, I am prone to tantrums and I know just enough to be dangerous.  But, I also know a website is a Must Have for any professional music teaching studio.  This is how a lot of your students will find you, and can be a great resource … Continue reading Website Building for Beginners