For Students: Preparing for College Music Auditions

So you have decided to go to college and study music! Excellent! Hopefully you have done your research and determined which music schools you may want to attend. The next step is the audition. Here are some tips for preparing for college music auditions. Do some research It’s very important … Continue reading

For Teachers: How to Recruit Students for Private Music Lessons

Some of you may have a full studio with a waiting list of students who are desperate to study with you when a slot opens up. But there is probably a large percentage of you who have empty slots in your teaching schedule that you would like to (or need … Continue reading

For Teachers: Marketing Your Music Studio Online

Oh, how the world has changed since I started teaching 25 years ago. Building a studio was a slow and steady process – word of mouth, print advertising, public masterclasses. And while all of those techniques still apply, the internet has changed everything. Your potential students have become smart consumers … Continue reading

For Students: How to be a Successful Music Student

So how can you be a successful music student? To really get the most out of your music lessons it takes more than just showing up, practicing and learning your music. Use these tips to help you grow as a musician and an artist. Record your lessons With today’s technology, … Continue reading

REVIEW: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Version 3 (software review)

Full Title: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Version 3 Complete CD-ROM (software-student version) Developers: Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus Released: 2010 Platforms: Windows/Mac Summary: A full curriculum of lessons, ear training and assessment for beginner through intermediate level students, this program is a stand-alone interactive software program that … Continue reading

For Teachers: Running a Music Teaching Studio – the New Must-Have List

While the pedagogy of teaching rarely changes, the ideas about running a music teaching studio change all of the time. When I started teaching, computers were in their infancy. Cell phones had to be carried in small suitcases and “texting” was not a word. The internet did not exist. (Gee, … Continue reading

REVIEW: Music Teacher’s Helper

Full Name: Music Teacher’s Helper Product/Service: Complete Teaching Studio Management System Price: FREE for the first 30 days – then $14, $29 or $49 per month depending on studio size Summary: Music Teacher’s Helper is a complete online system that allows you to fully organize your teaching studio. When you … Continue reading