Need a cute Christmas ornament for your students? Today I'm sharing a fabulous one that's easy-to-make, inexpensive, pretty, AND musical.
These are perfect for group lessons, private lessons, and... Christmas Camps! Check out the video to see what supplies you'll need and I'll give you a couple of hints on how to customize your ornament.
Don't freak out, but yes - that's really my cabinet. Sometimes it's organized and sometimes it's not. BUT...no one ever knows because I can close the doors. Phew!
Brilliant, huh?! Moving that into the music room was such a good move on my part! (Go me!)
At some point, every business needs to change and grow - but when you're a piano teacher, where do you start?
I started with that cabinet, but you might need a different starting point. I can't wait to share 4 low-stress ways to make BIG changes in your studio right now:
1. Get rid of the clutter.
Organizing isn't hard - but KEEPING things tidy. Now THAT'S the challenge!
I'll let you in on a little secret - if you have piles of books. games, or anything hiding in the corners of your music room, it's not "hiding" from anyone!
As you can see in the picture above, I have piles of stuff too BUT my music room definitely LOOKS clean and organized. Oh the blessing of having a pretty cabinet! 😀
Remember, first impressions really do count and banishing the clutter will significantly improve the look of your studio - instantly!
Where do you start if you've fallen into the Clutter Trap? You'll get the quickest results if you:
The next couple weeks.think about what storage boxes and organizers would help you manage your "piles" better. Keep an eye out for sales!
2. Dress for success.
Oh my goodness! If I hear another teacher whine about having to look nice for piano lessons, I'm gonna go crazy! 😮
Yes - dressing nicely is something I'm passionate about. Teaching piano is our BUSINESS and to be successful, we must dress appropriately!
Think about it. People get dressed differently for different things. How you would dress for a wedding or a day at the beach? Or what you would wear if you going on a winter hike in the mountains? Of course you'd wear different clothes for each event.
As piano teachers - we need to dress for WORK! Even if we’re teaching from home. 😀
One thing I know for sure - the way we dress affects our mood and our focus. It also affects our students. If they notice you’re wearing old jeans and a sweatshirt, THEY'RE automatically going to be laid back and relaxed too.
And it absolutely affects our reputation! If we want to keep new customers and attract new ones, we need to treat teaching piano as a business - because it IS our business! That means we dress for WORK.
No - you don’t have to wear a dress or high heels. 👠
Yes - it's fine to wear jeans. (But not grubby, disgusting ones!)
The point is to look put together. So wash your hair. Put on makeup. Toss on some jewelry! And for crying out loud - wear shoes. You would never trust a doctor who was walking around in the hospital barefoot! 😮
Take care with your appearance and it could transform your business.
3. Do something different.
Bored students can kill a studio faster than just about anything. (Gasp! Shocker!) It's true - no studio can survive this!
Fortunately, it's an easy fix. Though it does take some effort!
I've found that nothing brings more life to a studio than SURPRISES. So get your thinking cap on and do something different. SOON!
✅ Here are a couple ideas to get you going:
Here's the point - students will get into a rut if you never change up your lessons. Create a few simple surprises and watch the smiles light up your studio!
Happy students make happy families. Happy families tell their friends how great you are and THAT builds business FAST!
Are you with me? Great! I've got some fabulous planner pages for you to help you map out YOUR goals!
4. Motivate yourself!
Since we're talking about getting into a rut....
If YOU'RE bored - your students will be bored. That certainly spells disaster for any piano studio.
We ALL need inspiration and motivation. That's one of the reasons why I created Upbeat Piano Teachers. I wanted teachers to be able to get ideas and encouragement anytime - anywhere.
So what inspires you? Think about it and make your professional growth a priority! Do you love to read books? Hit the library and check out some business or productivity books. 📚
We also have a lot of YouTube videos that you can watch. Click here for dozens of videos to watch.
Just do something to keep yourself excited and upbeat!
You've got this!
How do you improve your business each year? I'd love to hear!
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I'm taking a break from piano talk today and sharing one of our favorite family Christmas traditions.
If you're a parent of young children and you enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas - you'll absolutely LOVE reading this book for Advent!
The Jotham Journey Trilogy is written by Arnold Ytreeide and I can't say enough good things about these books. They're FULL of excitement, mystery, and plenty of ADVENTURE!
Whether you have boys or girls, your kids will absolutely love reading these books AND they'll get to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
It's been a wonderful tradition for my family for many years and it won't be stopping anytime soon. My son, Matthew, is now 17 years old, but he voted to dive into the series again next month.
Gotta love a kid who loves tradition!
As you can see in the picture above, this is really a series of books.. There are 4 in the series and you only read one book each year.
Technically, you could read the books in any order, but I recommend reading in the order they were published. (And I'd definitely start with Jotham's Journey!)
A Few Important Notes
ONE - The books are broken down into sections of daily readings that lead right up to Christmas. If you want to read this year, you need to start on December 3, so get your book soon. It's available in both paperback and Kindle.
TWO - This is a book that you'll read WITH your children and I would definitely follow the recommendation of ages 9 and up. Some parts could be frightening for young children.
Nonetheless, I can’t say enough good things about this series. I’m SO grateful that my son still enjoys reading them with me!
If you've never read them with your kids - now is the perfect time to start! You can grab your book here!
Music games that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas....
Music games you can play with your piano students! These celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!
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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.