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)
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]
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 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)
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?