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The Savvy Music Teacher Reading Schedule

The Upbeat Piano Teacher Book Club kicked off last month and already over 400 piano teachers have jumped on board. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The Dynamic Studio was our launch book. If you didn't join us, check out this blog post to get my thoughts on it. (Hint - I LOVED it!) The September book looks...

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My Best Tip For Staying Organized

How do you keep your sanity during a busy school year? Organization! But guess what? It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, simple systems work best. I've tried a lot of things during my 15 years of teaching piano: 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, calendars, post-it notes, printed...

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Teach Piano AND Have Dinner with your Family? YES!

Recently, a couple piano teachers have asked for advice about handling dinner time. I need to teach through the dinner hour and my family is upset. They just aren't supportive of me right now. What do I do? If you're in this situation, know that you're not alone! It's a struggle for EVERY...

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Five Favorite Things - July Edition....

1. Funny Piano Jokes How are a pianists' fingers like lightning?They rarely strike the same key twice! Call me silly, but I love to laugh and that was a new joke for me. I thought it was hilarious! (My husband is a TV meteorologist - and in a former life, I was too - so this was the perfect...

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Too Tired to Be Fun & Creative?

The Upbeat Piano Teacher Book Club is reading The Dynamic Studio by Philip Johnston. I chose this book because it's one I read years ago and absolutely loved. I knew it'd be the perfect book to get everyone excited about fall lessons. I'm currently in the middle of chapter 4 and once again, I'm...

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The Little Things Matter

I'm all about connecting with my students on a personal level. The way I see it, if I want them to pay attention to me, then I need to pay attention to them, right? I'm reminded of something Becki Laurent said in my Get More Students webinar: "It's not enough to be an amazing instructor. You...

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My Struggle With Learning To Say No

In the Upbeat Piano Teacher FB group, we talk a lot about goals. I LOVE setting goals! Of course, the "executing" isn't as much fun. Why is that? I think it's because in order to reach our goals, we have to get good at saying no. And that's hard for a lot of us. If it's tough for you, take...

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Note Recognition Game

I'm all about keeping lessons FUN and today's idea is not only simple - it's a smart use of your lesson time. Yes, I'm talking about those note recognition phrases we all know. FACE Every Good Boy Does Fine All Cows Eat Grass Good Boys Do Fine Always Personally, I don't focus on these...

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The Dynamic Studio: Reading Schedule

Sara Campbell and I are thrilled that so many of you are joining The Upbeat Book Club! It'll be fun to work through books together, discuss what we learn, and inspire each another. Over the coming months, we'll cover a variety of topics. Everything from piano teaching to business to...

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Money Woes Part 6 - Guilt (Let It Go!) and Childcare

*****If you've missed the first parts of this series, start here.*** Today we're hitting on the tough issues - guilt and childcare. I decided to pair these 2 topics because I think they're so closely related. Especially for moms. If you have little children, you probably feel torn like I did...

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