The Upbeat Piano Teachers Blog

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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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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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