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
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
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
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]
What is the purpose of having a policies document for your music studio? (Or if you’d like to call them something else, that’s fine too!) There are many! A studio policies document: Gives you a framework for how your music teaching studio works Sets expectations for your students about how your music teaching studio works Protects … Continue reading Why Have Studio Policies?