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July 20, 2020
Would your students describe you as “cool”? We’re diving into what it means to be a cool teacher and why your relationships with your students are so important to their progress in this episode.
July 13, 2020
Being perceived as a professional is an important part of having the respect and attention of your students and their parents. Find out the three foundational factors that can make your business more professional in this episode.
July 6, 2020
Have you thought about the experience of a new student and their parents in your studio? Do you think they would feel welcomed and validated in their decision to join right from the get-go? We’ll explore strategies to make sure they do in this episode.
June 29, 2020
If your music teaching studio is a business – and it is – then one of your primary goals should be to make a profit. To do that, you need to plan for it and put procedures in place that make your income predictable.
June 22, 2020
This episode is part of the Vibrant Music Studio 101 which will take you through 10 foundational building blocks for all great music teaching studios. Consistency is the name of the game this week. Is your studio consistent? Do you have policies and procedures and do you actually stick to them?
June 15, 2020
This episode is part of the Vibrant Music Studio 101 which will take you through 10 foundational building blocks for all great music teaching studios. In this first episode, we’re focussing on being deliberate with our businesses and taking them (and ourselves!) seriously.
June 8, 2020
This special episode celebrates our 100th episode in style by sharing some of the lessons listeners have learned over the past year. I hope you’ll tune in as we take a look at what lifelong learning means to these music teachers.
June 1, 2020
Listening skills are vital to becoming a great musician, and yet, many teachers never find time for developing them in lessons. Learn about active listening and an idea for working on it with students in this episode.
May 25, 2020
Have you made a budget for your music studio? This is an important factor if you want to manage your income better and be able to take time off without stressing in the summer. Take a listen to learn how to set up a simple budget for your studio.
May 18, 2020
We all get stressed or overwhelmed from time-to-time so it’s important to have strategies to decompress and relax quickly. Try out these ideas at the end of your next teaching day and let me know how you get on!
May 11, 2020
Developing a great relationship with your music students is vital to ensuring they follow your directions (both in the studio and at home) and have a great lesson experience that makes them stick with it long-term. Learn how to develop rapport with students of all ages in this episode.
May 4, 2020
Are you overusing praise in your music studio? Could you be providing feedback in a more neutral way instead? On this episode of the podcast, we’ll talk about how to find the balance between feedback and praise and where a neutral tone might be more useful.
April 27, 2020
Teachers do not need patience when they have true understanding and are involved in the learning process. Find out what patience can teach us and our students in this episode.
April 20, 2020
It’s important to take stock and reflect once in a while so that your studio doesn’t take on a character you didn’t design. Find out what changes I’m making to my studio for next year and how I’m implementing them in this episode.
April 13, 2020
How do you maintain control of a lesson without becoming a strict and unpleasant teacher? For me, it’s all about understanding the difference between strictness and authority. The former is unnecessary, the latter is essential.
April 6, 2020
What’s the right approach to using technology and gadgets in your studio? Find out how you could be thinking about using iPads and other tech toys backwards and what a better approach is for music studios.
March 30, 2020
Do most of your students do exams as standard every year? I want to question that. Let’s think about what exams are good for and what they’re not good for and come to a more balanced view of where they should sit in our studios.
March 23, 2020
Let’s face it, playing a game with an adult is not as fun as playing with another kid your age...but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable and beneficial. Get my top tricks for making games work in private music lessons in this episode.
March 17, 2020
In this extra episode, we'll talk about how you can stay calm with everything that's going on and how to get help and support if you need it.
March 16, 2020
Do you feel like you never have enough lesson time for all the things you want to do? It’s definitely challenging to stretch those minutes to everything we need to cover but in this episode,  I’ll give you some strategies to help you make the most of them.
March 9, 2020
How do you build boundaries in your business when you work from home? And when your students fill your brain every hour of every day? In this episode, we’ll try to get to the root of that question.
March 2, 2020
Recitals take a lot of work, but they don’t have to be overwhelming. In this episode, I’ll give you a mantra and a checklist, so you feel less stressed and scattered this recital season. We got this!
February 24, 2020
Do prospective piano parents ever tell you they just want their kid to “have fun”? Or that they don’t want him to be a concert pianist? I know why it gets on some teachers’ nerves. But in this episode, I want to unpack what they’re really saying there and how we can help them see things differently.
February 17, 2020
Do you have a studio website? Have you ever considered exactly who it’s for? Thinking about the purpose your music studio website is serving can make it so much more effective. In this episode, I’ll help you figure it out and put some best practices in place.
February 10, 2020
Do you do any dancing in your music lessons? This is a fantastic way to get students to understand different time signatures, feel the metre, and also just shake off some of the mid-lesson wiggles!
February 3, 2020
What does it mean to be “talented”? Let’s think about our word choices and how to develop more grit and hard work in our students instead of reliance on natural abilities.
January 27, 2020
Do you think about how you spend your time? When you run your own business, every minute matters. Join me as we discuss the different types of work we all do and how you can make more time for the important tasks on your to-do list.
January 20, 2020
Do you have students that don’t practice? Do you find it frustrating? In this show, I want to unpack the practice problem and why it requires some further investigation before dismissing these students.
January 13, 2020
Why? That’s the question I want to encourage you to ask more on today’s show. I think we should all resolve to investigate the why behind what we do and how we do it, and to encourage the same inquisitiveness in our students.
December 16, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
December 9, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
December 2, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
November 25, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
November 18, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
November 11, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
November 4, 2019
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the options and ideas available to you as a music teacher? It helps to understand which elements are essential and how they relate so that we can piece the pieces together and create holistic musicians. Listen to this 7 part series of episodes where we’re exploring the essential music lesson ingredients and how to balance them.
October 28, 2019
Lyndel Kennedy is a truly inspirational teacher and her creative methods are sure to light a spark with you as you listen to this episode. This interview was done as part of my research for my new book Playful Preschool Piano Teaching. Pick up your copy at: playfulpreschoolpiano.com
October 21, 2019
My guest on the show today, Carina Busch, is a piano teacher in Germany. She got into teaching preschoolers a few years ago and I’m so grateful she came on the show to share her experiences. This interview was done as part of my research for my new book Playful Preschool Piano Teaching. Pick up your copy at: playfulpreschoolpiano.com
October 14, 2019
In this episode, you’ll hear from Kris Skaletski about teaching preschoolers in groups and how to create the perfect class environment. This interview was done as part of my research for my new book Playful Preschool Piano Teaching. Pick up your copy at: playfulpreschoolpiano.com
October 7, 2019
In this podcast, I’m sharing an excerpt from my new book Playful Preschool Piano Teaching, all about getting started with teaching piano to preschoolers. You can pick up a copy of the book at playfulpreschoolpiano.com
September 30, 2019
“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori What does this quote mean and how does it relate to music teaching? What can we learn from the Montessori approach to education and play? Listen to this podcast episode to find out more and learn how to make your studio more truly playful.
September 23, 2019
Poor technique habits can mean that your students don’t stick with music long-term. Have you made any of the technique teaching mistakes? Listen in to find out if you’re in the same boat as me. You may even get some inspiration to try things differently.
September 16, 2019
Do you have a music teaching tribe? Do you feel connected to other like-minded teachers? Find out why this is important and how to find your tribe.
September 9, 2019
What’s the best way to start a lesson to get things off on the right foot? Creatively of course! When we allow our students to warmup with improvisation or a fun game, things run so much more smoothly for the whole lesson. Get 5 ideas for creative openers in this podcast episode.
September 2, 2019
What is this silly, made-up word “creativise” all about then? And why is it important? Tune in to find out more.
August 26, 2019
This is the podcast version of a talk that I gave at NCKP in July 2019 titled ‘The Five Foundations of Successful Preschool Piano Teaching’. Listen to learn about the building blocks of teaching 3-5 year olds and how to do it effectively.
August 23, 2019
In the Studio Business Cleanse I’ll help you level-up your teaching and get re-focussed for a new year or term of teaching with 5 days of challenges and discussions. Day 1: Who you teach Day 2: Why you teach Day 3: Your superpower Day 4: Showing off Day 5: Sustainable systems
August 22, 2019
In the Studio Business Cleanse I’ll help you level-up your teaching and get re-focussed for a new year or term of teaching with 5 days of challenges and discussions. Day 1: Who you teach Day 2: Why you teach Day 3: Your superpower Day 4: Showing off Day 5: Sustainable systems
August 21, 2019
In the Studio Business Cleanse I’ll help you level-up your teaching and get re-focussed for a new year or term of teaching with 5 days of challenges and discussions. Day 1: Who you teach Day 2: Why you teach Day 3: Your superpower Day 4: Showing off Day 5: Sustainable systems
August 20, 2019
In the Studio Business Cleanse I’ll help you level-up your teaching and get re-focussed for a new year or term of teaching with 5 days of challenges and discussions. Day 1: Who you teach Day 2: Why you teach Day 3: Your superpower Day 4: Showing off Day 5: Sustainable systems
August 19, 2019
In the Studio Business Cleanse I’ll help you level-up your teaching and get re-focussed for a new year or term of teaching with 5 days of challenges and discussions. Day 1: Who you teach Day 2: Why you teach Day 3: Your superpower Day 4: Showing off Day 5: Sustainable systems
August 17, 2019
Do you take your music teaching business seriously? And do you enjoy the business side of what you do? It’s so important to be able to balance these different sides of what we do. Learn how in this show.
August 5, 2019
Setting up a music studio calendar is a great way to make sure everyone stays on top of the events and breaks in your studio. Find out how to set one up and what to include in the episode.
July 29, 2019
This is a taster from my Piano Powerbooster Three course where we explore singing with solfa, theory games and a creative improvisation idea. Tune in to be inspired.
July 22, 2019
Method books are comforting and sort of...easy for us teachers. We know everything is moving along nicely when we keep turning those pages. But what do we do when students graduate from a method book? Where do we go next?
July 15, 2019
Are all your teenage students quitting when the going gets tough? Friends, school and other hobbies pull teens in so many different directions. Let’s find a way to keep them in lessons so they don’t turn into the adult who wished they hadn’t quit!
July 8, 2019
Does your studio have a community feeling? Do the students and parents feel like they belong to something? Listen in to get tips on great events to build community and keep students in your studio longer.
July 1, 2019
Some students can be very reluctant to singing in their music lessons. Perhaps someone told them they couldn’t sing or they’re just shy in general. Find out how to help those students in this episode.
June 24, 2019
Do you sing in your music lessons? Singing can be a valuable way to wake up your students’ ears and improve their musicianship. Find out 4 easy ways to get started in this episode.
June 17, 2019
Are you getting ready to make a big change in your music teaching studio? Whether you’re moving to no make-up lessons or bringing in groups, I’ve got the step-by-step process you need to help you make the transition.
June 10, 2019
There are 3 things that I see teachers doing when they introduce a new lesson format or group lessons that make me want to shout out a warning! Listen in to find out how to avoid these common pitfalls.
June 3, 2019
In this episode, I’ll give you a taste of my Mini Musicians program and how I’ve structured it to include improvisation, games and fun patterning activities.
May 27, 2019
Have you considered teaching preschoolers but you’re just not sure which type of program would be right for you? In this episode, I’ll help you weigh up your options and decide between group and private lessons for your preschoolers.
May 20, 2019
Do you wish you could teach during the daytime so that you could have a better work-life balance? Preschool music lessons could do that and much more. Find out about the benefits of teaching preschoolers in this episode.
May 13, 2019
Summer...ugh. It should be a wonderful time for music teachers to be able to take a break and chill out, but you can’t do that if you’re struggling to pay the bills. In this show, I’ll talk you through your options to solve the summer music studio income issue.
May 6, 2019
Do you get nervous for your recital welcome speech? This is many music teachers’ least favourite part of running a studio concert. Get step-by-step tips for planning out your speech in this episode and relieve your nerves!
April 29, 2019
Music history can be super fun and engaging if approached the right way and taught on a regular basis. And learning about music history can help your students connect to the music they’re playing in a new way. Get some ideas to make it easy to incorporate into your music lessons in this episode.
April 22, 2019
Do you need a simple and effective process for planning your group workshops? Take a listen to this episode to find out how I do it.
April 15, 2019
Group workshops can be a wonderful addition to your studio to help your students learn together, play theory games, improvise and socialise. Find out how to bring them into your studio in this episode.
April 8, 2019
Ensemble improvisation is one of my favourite activities to do at group workshops. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to do this with the 12 bar blues, no matter what instruments you have available!
April 1, 2019
Do your students get the opportunity to play duets often enough? Find out how to fit in more duet playing and teaching tips to set your students up for success with duets in this episode.
March 25, 2019
Are you apprehensive of getting started with improvisation in your piano teaching? In this episode, I’ll give you 3 super easy improvisation exercise to get you started and help you make your lessons more creative.
March 18, 2019
Improvisation can be so much more than just another thing to fit into your packed lessons. In this episode, I’ll share with you how I use improvisation as a tool to teach other concepts and allow students to experience new things before labelling them.
March 11, 2019
In this episode, I’ll share the activities I do at a first lesson with a new piano student including games and improvisation. Listen in to find out more!
March 4, 2019
What type of lesson plans can you use as a music teacher? How did you get started with this stuff if you’ve never planned your lessons before? I’ll help you with all that and more in this show.
February 25, 2019
How do you know what your music teaching curriculum should look like? That’s what I’ll help you decide in this week’s episode with some simple and actionable exercises.
February 18, 2019
What is a music teaching curriculum and why would you want one? I believe this is one of the most powerful things you can do in your studio and today I want to talk you through why it’s so important.
February 11, 2019
Learn 3 fantastic rhythm exercises that you can use with your students, taken from my brand new book, Rhythm in 5. These rhythm games are all really fun and take just a few minutes of lesson time – so what are you waiting for?
February 4, 2019
Have you ever had a student who just cannot seem to get the rhythm right in any of their pieces? Join me for today’s podcast and I’ll talk you through some strategies to help these struggling students.
January 28, 2019
Confused by all the different rhythm systems out there? Ta, ti, du and 1 2 3 4? Let me talk you through them in this episode so you can get them straight and figure out what might be best for your students.
January 21, 2019
So you’re on board with using solfa in your private music teaching studio...but how? All of the resources seem to be designed for classroom teachers! In this episode, I’ll share 5 simple exercises to get you going with solfa with minimal nervousness or planning on your part.
January 14, 2019
Are you a bit confused by Kodály and solfa? Can’t tell movable do from fixed do or Curwen hand signs from Kodály rhythm syllables? Tune in to this episode for a simple run-down on solfa and how you might use elements of Kodály methods in your studio.
December 17, 2018
Teachers are so giving, and they can sometimes be guilty of not taking time for themselves. Get my tips for disconnecting and recharging in this episode.
December 10, 2018
Goal setting is an important part of studying a music instrument. I believe goals should be set not just by the teacher, but by the student and teacher collaboratively too. Take a listen to find out how.
December 10, 2018
In this fantastic interview with Graham Fitch (first recorded in February 2018) we talked about practice strategies, and managing practice expectations with adult students.
December 6, 2018
What’s your biggest frustration as a music teacher? That’s a question I ask all readers of the Colourful Keys blog  and in this episode I want to help you with the most common one.
November 26, 2018
What takes a recital from alright to totally WOW? It’s the little things. Get inspiration and ideas for how to make your next recital sparkle in this episode.
November 19, 2018
There’s so much to do when prepping for a recital. What are the essentials that need to go on your checklist? And when does each thing need to be done?! I’ll talk you through it all in this episode.
November 12, 2018
Do you reschedule your music lessons or offer makeup lessons? I’m here to convince you that you need to rethink that. Join me for this podcast episode and reframe your makeup lesson mindset for good.
November 5, 2018
The first few months with a new student are vital for establishing the right relationships and practice routines. So what are the most important touch-points? What emails should we send and when?
October 30, 2018
There are so many ways to structure your lessons, it doesn’t have to be just 30 minutes one-on-one. Lynnette has tried quite a few of the possibilities and I’m delighted to have her on the show today to talk about innovative and interesting lesson formats.
October 29, 2018
You don’t want to be just another studio claiming lessons for “all ages and levels”. You don’t want to be thought of as just nice. Find your unique awesomeness in this episode. Make your marketing different, stand out and get noticed!
October 22, 2018
Whether you have a bunch of open spots or just need to add to your studio’s waiting list, you always need to be marketing your studio in some way. In this episode, I’ll talk you through the most common marketing methods for music teachers and which I have found to be most effective.
October 15, 2018
The circle of fifths is a very useful tool to bring all of the key signatures together and reveal their relationships to each other. But how can we help students to understand this? How can we allow them to feel the magic? That’s where improvising your way around the circle of fifths can be so useful. Find out how today.
October 14, 2018
In this episode, I’ll answer some great questions from members about improvisation, finger dexterity, concerts and note reading struggles.
October 1, 2018
Using monthly themes in your studio can give you the clarity you need to really move your students’ learning forward in particular areas. Find out in this episode how this could work for you and get some ideas for monthly themes you could use.
September 29, 2018
Do your students think scales are fun? I promise you they can, it just takes a little know-how and some imagination on your part. But it’s so worth it!
September 24, 2018
Teaching keyboard geography is something that is often neglected by piano teachers, but do your students really know the piano keys? Could they find the correct key quickly and easily or do they work from C every time? Learn my tips for teaching this core skill thoroughly in this episode.
September 17, 2018
Transfer students are tricky because what they know so far won’t necessarily align with what we would have taught them. In this episode I’ll share strategies to catch them up, fill in the gaps and have success with your transfer students.
September 10, 2018
In this episode, I’ll answer some great questions from members about makeup lessons, pentascales, goals and choosing repertoire for students.
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