The Upbeat Piano Teachers Blog

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The Upbeat Book Club!

I've got a new idea that I'm so excited about! I'm calling it The Upbeat Book Club and I'm hoping you'll join me. You can sign up HERE for the free reading schedule. You can also join our FB group where everyone can interact with one another. The early plan is for us to read and discuss...

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Getting Personal With My Schedule

I'm sure you love teaching piano as much as I do. But when you combine working with being a wife and mom - it can sometimes be overwhelming and exhausting. If this sounds like you - are you ready to make a change? If you are, then join me in taking Crystal Paine’s brand-new 14-day Make Over...

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Money Woes Part 5 - Imagine, Explore, Get Busy! (Passive Income)

*****If you missed the first parts of this series, start here. You can find part 4 here.***** The past several weeks, I've touched on lots of ways to bring in more income through teaching piano. I've talked about referrals, group lessons, and labs. Of course, another big topic has been mindset....

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Money Woes Part 4 - Try Something New - And an Assignment! (Labs)

****If you missed the first 3 parts of this series, you can start here.*** Needing more income can be exhausting. If you've ever had "money woes" then you know what I'm taking about. You worry about the known expenses - which can sometimes be overwhelming! And then we both know plenty of...

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Money Woes Part 3 - The Comparison Trap and a Math Problem (Groups)

***If you missed the first parts of this series, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.***** I mentioned the past couple weeks that I think a big part of making more money is getting your mindset straight. So let's dive right in! MINDSET TIP: AVOID COMPARISON You've probably heard the...

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Money Woes Part 2 - Think Smart and Be Brave (Referrals)

*******If you missed Part 1 of the Money Woes series, you can find it here.****** I wish we could sit down and have a cup of tea together. It would be fun to chat about our students. Our victories. Our challenges. All of us are facing different obstacles and it's hard to toss suggestions out...

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Money Woes Part 1 - A Personal Story and Encouragement

THE BACKSTORY So many piano teachers are looking for more money. I get it. Several years ago, I was in the same situation. Within a very short span of time, our dog had expensive (!) medical problems, my husband took a significant pay cut, and my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was...

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Adorable Recital Gifts That Won't Break Your Budget

I'm all about recital gifts. It's fun to surprise students and watch their faces light up! This year I decided to try making the cute "word art" picture that I saw flying around on FB a couple years ago. As you can see from the pictures, mine turned out A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! If you're looking for a...

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How to Stay Upbeat and Motivated

One of the best parts of teaching in the digital age is being part of the piano teacher groups on Facebook. I absolutely LOVE connecting with other teachers! Several weeks ago, a teacher posted a question that I can't get out of my mind because I think it affects a lot of teachers: What do you...

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The No-Stress Way to Schedule Summer Lessons

One of the Upbeat Piano Teachers asked this question last week: "How do you schedule your summer lessons? Do you keep the same schedule that you do during the school year? Do you offer special group lessons? How do you work around summer swim schedules with practice in the morning and...

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