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Optimize Your Music Studio: Technology Tips to Save You Time, Energy, and Money

In my first few years of teaching, I was plagued with an array of spreadsheets, paper records, and repeated trips to the bank. I also spent far too much time on email and other forms of communication--usually just repeating myself again and again! As Angela and I have adopted more efficient technology systems one at time, there has been a liberating trend in our day-to-day work. So much of the tedious stuff is running in the background now. Instead, we have more time to do the things we love! Here are five ways new technology and automation can help you move from “task-oriented” work to passion-filled activities: Virtual Assistants Studio Management Software Electronic Payment Methods Automa

Ninja Pre-Reading Freebie

My students love ninjas. A lot. There's just something fun about them, and the idea of training and leveling up your skills fits well with the work we do as musicians. I've embraced a ninja theme in my studio this semester, and it has been a hit! I'll do a separate post about everything I've done around that theme in a few weeks, but first I wanted to share a free resource with you. A few of my students are too young to participate in the ninja themed activities with the rest of the studio. I didn't want them to feel left out, so I made these ninja pre-reading pieces for them! It has been a great way to reinforce keyboard layout, and the image of a ninja leaping up a mountain is a great visu

Studio Marketing Checklist

Marketing your studio can be overwhelming, but some organization can help! Davis and I recently gave a presentation on studio marketing at MusicEdConnect, and we decided to organize the information from our talk into a handy checklist. This list covers everything you need to present your studio professionally and attract new students. We hope you find it helpful! Download the Studio Marketing Checklist Here #studiomarketing #checklist #Freeresources

Monster Dynamic Cards (Free Printable Download)

Download for free here: This week we are sharing some fun dynamics cards that feature colorful monsters! This is a great hands-on resource to help your students learn the hierarchy of dynamics, improvise, and more! Simply print, cut, and laminate these cards to get started using them in your studio. Here are our top 5 ways to use them: 1. Introduce Dynamics: use the cards to help young students get familiar with the hierarchy of dynamics. Shuffle the cards and then have them place them in order (quietest to loudest OR loudest to quietest) 2. Crescendo and Diminuendo: Some of these monsters are magical and can transform from piano to forte! Turn this into a game to see if they can play a cres

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