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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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It's Not Too Late to Plan A Summer Camp!

If you've thought of hosting a summer camp, but haven't started planning, toss the guilt aside. I've got you covered. But you do need to start planning now. Like - TODAY! Start by getting my free Summer Camp Checklist and then follow these 3 easy steps. 1. CHOOSE A GREAT PLAN If you truly...

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How to Get Students to Your Summer Camp

Everywhere you look these days, piano teachers are raving about summer camps: You'll get more money! You'll WOW your parents! You'll attract more students! But if you're used to teaching private piano lessons, the thought of organizing a summer camp can be a little overwhelming. Or maybe a...

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An Experiment That Worked!

I've started doing something different during lessons and it's been so successful that I wanted to share. I'm the type of teacher who likes to change things up and keep it fun for students. Using apps at the END of a lesson is one way I do that. But recently--I reversed that. I've been using...

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A Practical Lesson From a New York Weatherman

The Meet-Up About 20 years ago, my husband and I were both meteorologists in Richmond, Virginia. We had the unique opportunity to meet a famous New York weatherman. (No, I won't say who it was, but trust me, he's a household name and you would know him immediately.) I had watched this fun guy...

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