Whether you’re in your first year teaching piano students or your 50th year, here seven great tools and resources that every piano teacher needs to keep new students rolling in and sticking around for the long haul!
1. This worksheet bundle. Have your students learning to read music in 21 days? Um, yes please! These packets are awesome and skip the acronyms (Every Good Boy etc etc) and get right to being able to read music. Perfect for all ages! Continue reading
Originally posted on Music Think Tank.
It took some effort to leave my default self in the cold streets of Harlem, prior to entering City College Of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall. The theater of 600 seats was temporarily converted into an intimate space for developing new perspectives, dropping the “music careers are hard” bullsh&t, and having conversations about success. Led by one of my favorite mentors, Emmy-winning composer Michael Whalen, and PR guru-author-badass Ariel Hyatt, the six-hour seminar consisted of two presentations, three panels of experts, four Q&A sessions, and zero breaks (save a few moments of stretching). Continue reading
For the past three years, twice a year, my company is paired with two or three Cornell undergraduate students in an alumni program Cornell calls “Externship Sponsorship”. For about a week, my workload shifts to account for planning discussion sessions with my “externs”, setting up interviews with industry experts, and managing tasks that will not only provide value for them, but also contribute to my business. I love that they are called “externs” because it reminds me that this is their exit from college, even if just for a few weeks, to explore a new industry, to examine other fields of their interests and see what else is possible. “Intern” seems to be such a corporate word implying someone is coming “in” to help me. (You can read my article on my own internship experience here.) While they’re here, we do interchange “intern” and “extern” often, but the sentiment is there- this is for them. Continue reading
As a freelancer and small business owner, I have always struggled with structure. The kind that has me change out of my pjs, that tells me when I should be pitching for new work, when I should be creating more content, or when I should be marketing what I already have created. The kind of structure that makes sure I am working efficiently and not just busily. Enter the 50 Hour Challenge.
Workflow for freelancers, work-from-home career folks, and musicians has always been a topic of great interest to me. I have tried everything to get the most structure as I could, from scheduling every minute of my day to having accountability buddies check in with me. My tricks and tactics worked to keep me in line and in action, but I was still not seeing the results I wanted. I knew that if I wanted different results, I needed to take different actions. Continue reading
Dreading Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) morning? Or waking up to a pile of work, a deadline, or just a good dose of self-doubt?
As a freelancer crafting my own creative career, I teeter between being extremely excited for my next batch of work and wondering why I thought it was a good idea to start my own company. It’s a fine line and I’m often looking for security, inspiration and a kick in the butt. The first two are kind of illusions based on feelings, but the latter can come in many forms, from a check-in call with my accountability buddy, to a list like this one- a series of quotes on success and motivation, curated just for you on those mornings of dread (or the night before). Continue reading
Recording a record is a big deal. It takes tons of time, a bunch of money, meticulous coordination, not to mention the artistic energy to create the songs and arrange them with your band and/or producer. So it’s easy to forget some things once you’re in the thick of it and laying down your songs. Here are four things you definitely want to do before you leave the recording studio that will set you up for the future.
1) Make sure you’ve been recording all the bloopers- the “making of” videos make for great webisodes, or vlogs, to give to your fans. If you were running a fan-funding campaign on Kickstarter or Pledge music, these videos make great content for exclusive prizes. Include shots of the studio, the engineers (with their permission), some fun closeups of the band playing their instruments, and any band banter that your fans won’t be able to see elsewhere! Continue reading
Published on Discmaker’s Echoes blog.
Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill.
I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while… but I’ve been traveling.
I am all too familiar with picking up and being on the move, non-stop, for one to seven weeks at a time. There are certain things I’ve learned over the years, and not just from being a touring musician. I do a good bit of touring as a performer, but I have always been a restless soul and was in a long-term, long-distance relationship that spanned from New York City to New Hampshire, Alaska, and Wyoming. That was the same relationship, by the way, and yes, I married the bloke – and we’re still on the road a lot. Continue reading
Is Your First Voice Lesson Is Coming Up?
Here Is What To Expect And How To Prepare
So you’ve decided to take voice lessons and you’re anxious about your first lesson and wondering what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s the good news… this isn’t an audition! Take a deep breath (because you’ll be doing a lot of that in your singing lessons, so why not start now), and read these 7 tips to prepare for your first voice lesson. Continue reading
I’ve written a lot about how to get results in your career, starting with getting clear on your goals, your purpose, and your assets. I’ve also often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block- you just need to sit down and work. I’m going to expand on that a bit, and show you a few of my favorite tasking tools that are sure to support you in getting things done… and getting the results you want that will push your career farther. Try one or try them all and let me know how it goes! Continue reading
As published on Discmakers Echoes Blog.
Getting nervous before a show is something most performers go through. These six simple ideas can help you overcome your performance jitters.
We all know practice makes perfect, but sometimes perfect isn’t enough to calm performance jitters, cool sweaty palms, and relax the nerves. So whether you’re heading out to perform for some big festival crowds, going solo for the first time, or just want to get a grip on your performance, here are a few tips to take on – before you step on stage. Continue reading