If you're a piano teacher expecting to find teaching tips, this post might surprise you.
Yes, I LOVE sharing ideas for teaching piano! But truthfully, faith and family are also important to me, so sometimes I'll write about those topics too.
And truthfully, most of us work from home, so "business" and "life" sort of overlap, right? (If you're a "Piano Mom" like me, then I know you get it!)
Today I'm sharing some ideas to jazz up your quiet time. ("Jazz" used intentionally right there!) If you're anything like me, it's all too easy to get into a rut. Summer is the perfect time to try something new!
Here are 4 easy ways that you can change up your Bible study:
1. Entrusted: Beth Moore Online Bible Study
Entrusted is an online Bible Study sponsored by Lifeway Women and it's entirely FREE! Well...you will need to get the workbook which sells for 12.99, but the teaching videos are all included at no charge.
The 5-week study revolves around 2 Timothy and it kicks off June 15. You read more about it and register here.
Note: This might surprise some of you who are fans of Beth Moore, but I've never done one of her Bible studies. I've read her books and even attended one of her simulcasts, but I've never actually taken part in a Bible Study. Have you done one? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
2. Write the Word Journals
Lara Casey has created Write the Word Journals that might be perfect for your quiet time.
Each journal has scripture selections for you to write out, but there's room for so much more! You'll find space to write down your blessings, a prayer, or anything else that comes to mind.
There are 5 different journals to choose from and they are all lovely. This summer, I chose Cultivating Joy and I'm really enjoying it during my morning quiet time. (Learn how I established my early morning routine here.)
If you're looking to cultivate joy, faith, gratitude, hope, or renewal, then you'll love these books.
3. She Reads Truth - Romans
If you're interested in studying Romans, She Reads Truth is kicking off their summer study on June 5.
You can access the free reading plan and daily devotional here. Poke around on their website and you'll see that you can also access past reading plans.
They also have a great app that you should check out AND there's a He Reads Truth app (and website!) for the men in your life!
4. His Mercy is New Scripture Writing Plans
I discovered Candace Crabtree about a year ago when Sara Campbell and I interviewed her for Upbeat Piano Teachers. Little did I know then, that I'd become a HUGE fan of hers - and it goes WAY beyond piano!
Candace has a heart that shines for the Lord in all she does. Personally, I just love her Scripture Writing Plans. They'll get you in the Word and keep you on track!
Best of all? They're completely FREE! Just print the plan, grab a notebook and a pen!
Click here to find over a dozen writing plans!
Do you change up your summer Bible Study? I'd love to hear what works for you!
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The Upbeat Book Club kicked off last summer and already over 600 piano teachers have jumped on board!
If you haven't joined our club, we'd LOVE to have you! It's fun and FREE! (If you're curious about our past selections, click here.)
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We have webinars about everything from growing your studio to using technology to teaching group lessons and summer camps!
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Group lessons are a great way to WOW the families in your studio. Not only do they bring the "social element" to piano lessons, they also allow students the opportunity to perform and play in an ensemble.
And let's not forget that happy families bring in extra income. Parents will be thrilled with "extras" you offer and they'll probably tell their friends!
BUT how do you add group lessons without it disrupting your life? I've got you covered! Here are 3 simple ways to add this feature to your studio. (And it doesn't have to cost money!)
1. Offer a group lesson as a makeup.
This is just a no-brainer and pretty easy to pull off. Once or twice a semester, hold a group class for anyone who missed a lesson. Have games along with a performance time.
Parents will feel like they got their money's worth and your students will have a blast!
2. Offer a group lesson as a "bonus" feature.
Once or twice a semester, invite ALL your students to a group lesson. Make sure you have a fun theme, games, and maybe even a little music craft. If you're feeling generous, you could even offer pizza!
How do you pay for this? Many teachers include the cost in their registration fee. Others charge a small fee for students to attend.
3. Offer a COMBINATION of private and group lessons.
YES - you read that correctly. Offer group AND private lessons.
I'll be honest...I never even thought of this as an option until Sara and I created Group Lessons 101. Two of our guests teach a mixture of private and group lessons each month - and they're having HUGE success!
Best of all? They're doing it WITHOUT multiple keyboards!
If you'd like to learn their secrets - how they're organizing this and how they sell the idea to parents - Group Lessons 101 is open for registration until the end of this month.
At checkout, you can use code SAVE5 for $5 off. (That expires the end of April.)
Last year was my first Christmas Camp and it was a huge success. Students registered right away and quite frankly, it was exciting!
What was my secret?
By the time I sent parents information about the camp, they already knew all about it. Yep! I had spent a couple weeks telling students all about camp BEFORE I asked parents to sign up.
Sounds too easy, right? Wrong!
Let's take a look at the entertainment industry.
The latest Smurf movie just hit theaters, but they've been marketing it for weeks - if not months. Everywhere you look there are trailers, commercials, toys - and right now, McDonald's even has them on their website!
You get the point....moviemakers don't release a movie on a Friday night and expect you to show up. No! They get you excited. They tell you how great it's going to be!
They make you feel like you're going to lose out if you miss it.
Piano camps are no different.
Easy Ways to Get Students Excited
Here are some simple ways that you can "play up" your camp before you send out those registration forms!
Timing is Everything
Remember - the key is doing this BEFORE you ask parents to register. It's the most simple, effective, and inexpensive marketing you can do. And best of all - it really works!!
Haven't Started Planning Yet?
There's STILL time to plan a camp even if you haven't started! Here's a blog post to help you get set up in no time!
Registration is Open!
Group Lessons 101 features 7 guests who teach you how to plan, market, and instruct group lessons of all kinds.
If you want to earn extra money this summer, this webinar includes free resources to make camp planning easier than you ever dreamed!
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Hi there! I'm Tracy Selle. A Christian wife, mom, and author of 101 Piano Practice Tips. I'm also a piano teacher and founder of Upbeat Piano Teachers.