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Practical and proven tips, ideas and advice for private music teachers. Listen in to improve your instrumental or vocal music studio business and find that oh-so-elusive feeling of balance in your life. Welcome to The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast! This is the show for you if you’re an instrumental or vocal music teacher that wants friendly, creative and accessible advice. I’m your host Nicola Cantan. My membership site, Vibrant Music Teaching, helps teachers all over the world to include m ...
 
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When it comes to choosing repertoire for our students, I believe in giving them the picking power. Here's how I do that. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
These 5 ideas can be used to prepare for any new piano piece in your lessons. Try one out and let me know how it goes! Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Well, it looks like online lessons are here to stay. And if you’ve heard all the great benefits to teaching piano in a group setting, why not add a group lesson program to your virtual offerings too? Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
When it comes to group workshops, there are many different kinds and valid ways to run them. Here are my general recommendations for all types of music groups. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Whether you're teaching preschoolers or teens in a group format, there are a few big mistakes you might come across. Avoid them by listening to this episode! Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Parents of neurodiverse students sometimes need more assurances and support in your studio. Here are some tips for making them feel welcome and valued. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Children do not fit in little boxes. But when you understand the most useful tools for different types of neurodiverse piano students, you can prepare your teaching toolkit appropriately. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
It can be hard to get your head around all the different diagnoses but understanding ADHD, ASD and dyslexia can help you prepare properly for your students. In this epsiode, we'll go through what these mean to piano teachers. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Everyone’s journey to becoming a full-time piano teacher is different. Some of us had a smooth pathway from college to studio and others (me included) took many more twists and turns on the way to full-time piano teaching. In this episode, I’m sharing my personal journey to becoming a full-time piano teacher. This is not a prescription or a recomme…
 
Most studios do not have tons of wiggle room in their bank accounts. That's why it's important to assess your expenses and run a tight ship so you can stay profitable and stay in business. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
So you have piano teaching policies...great. But do you follow them? If not, what good will they do? Let's find a way to say what we mean and mean what we say. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Undercutting the competition is not the route to a profitable studio. Let's look at what your music teaching rates should be and how to change them. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Take a moment to decide what you want your piano teaching salary to be and how you're going to achieve it. Your bank balance will thank you and so will your mental space. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Do you struggle with your mindset around money? Do you feel like you don’t have a good grasp over your finances or never quite seem to make enough as a music teacher? It’s not surprising many music teachers struggle to make enough money and end up taking on day jobs to pay the bills. And that’s not because teaching music is inherently unprofitable.…
 
The old model of the teacher dispensing information while students quietly absorb it is dead. Good ridance, too. Now it's about building great relationships with mutual respect in our studios. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Many teachers feel like iPad apps are coming for their jobs. But are they really? What can we do to make sure we stay relevant? Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Sometimes teachers need some time off. When you want to take a trip, go on maternity leave or do something else during regular teaching weeks – these options can save the day. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Using an iPad in your piano studio might seem like a great idea...until you get one and realise you have no idea what to do with it! There’s one big mistake that I see teachers make with iPad use all the time. I want to help you to sidestep that mistake and head straight for iPad piano studio success! So You’ve Got an iPad, Now What? When you first…
 
To teach great piano sight-reading skills, you need to make the thought process into tangible movements and activities. These preparatory steps are essential for any beginner or intermediate student to do before sight-reading a new piece of music. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.…
 
Teaching by rote, when done right, is a great way to teach the piano. You can bring rote learning into many aspects of teaching piano, and these days, sight reading is one small part of my teaching the piano rather than the only thing. Students develop many important skills learning through rote such as: recognising patterns, developing their inter…
 
Invest in these sight-reading skills in your studio Imagine cliff diving blindfolded into unfamiliar waters without knowing what is below. Are your students feeling cliff diving like fears when asked to sight read? Sight reading can feel scary, but adding fun to the process and equipping students with skills by engaging them in sight reading games …
 
Teaching sight-reading skills to piano students is not always as simple as teaching them great reading skills. To be a great sight-reader you need more than just note names and intervals. You need to be able to translate those to movements that make sounds...quickly. The difference between reading and sight-reading is time. Or, rather, the lack the…
 
Taking apart a specific genre or traditional style of music and putting it back together is a great way to understand it. In this episode, I'll give you 2 examples of how to do that and then improvise with the elements. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Most of us teach, perform and listen to Classical music. Many of us also teach pop songs or jazz. But do you ever break outside of these walls? And if you want to teach different types of music, how do you find it? That's the question we'll unpack in today's show. Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.…
 
As music teachers, we all want teaching studios that are dynamic, full of life, and bursting with creativity. We want our students to arrive for their weekly lessons feeling motivated and excited. Yet, if we’re honest, there are times when this simply isn’t the case. In this episode, I'll give you some strategies to try when things feel stagnant in…
 
Teachers can find lessons everywhere if they look carefully enough. In this article, I want to share with you the lessons I learnt from my years of folk dancing that show up today in my music studio. I was that student growing up. You know the one that you complain to other teachers about because they’re too overscheduled to practice? Yeah, that on…
 
What does your music studio brand say about you? Do you even have a brand? Of course, you do! Has anyone ever said to you, “I hear you’re the person to talk to about piano lessons!” Maybe you’re filling your schedule (and even a long waiting list!) through referrals alone. Or maybe you’re having a hard time getting new students and you need to adve…
 
Growing is as much a part of business as breathing is a part of life. It could be the smaller (but VERY important) types of expansion such as growing as a teacher and musician, finding a supportive teacher community to join, or recruiting new students. It could also be the more major types of growth like: Going to work for someone else – an institu…
 
If we want the music teaching industry to move forward, we need to be part of the change. We can only have so much impact through our own teaching. Mentorship is one way to reach beyond the walls of our own studio. A few years ago I made a decision. I put an ad out online with an offer to mentor a new teacher in my studio. I didn’t know how this pr…
 
When you think about hiring your first teacher, how do you feel? 🤔 Clueless? Scared? Definitely-not-for-me? Perhaps you’re excited and ready to start ASAP. We all know hiring a great teacher is important, but hiring the right-fit teacher is vital to you and your business’ wellbeing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting that first, right-fit teach…
 
Business expansion is not for every teacher. If you’re thinking about growing your music teaching business, read this article first. My job in this post is to persuade you NOT to expand your music teaching business. Why am I doing that? I’m taking on this project because everyone else seems to be taking the opposite one. Everywhere you look you mig…
 
Welcome to The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast! This is the show for you if you’re an instrumental or vocal music teacher that wants friendly, creative and accessible advice. I’m your host Nicola Cantan. My membership site, Vibrant Music Teaching, helps teachers all over the world to include more games and creativity in their lessons, so that their …
 
Having a lending library in your piano studio is a great way to expand the resources available to your students. Whether you’re just starting a library or extending your existing one, there are a few things you can do to make it go more smoothly.על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
Have you ever had a piano parent complain that you’re playing too many games in lessons? Maybe they’ve asked you to take out all the games and just spend the whole lesson time on the bench? Party poopers!על ידי Nicola Cantan
 
https://colourfulkeys.ie/shop/practice-pie https://blitzbooks.com/why-piano-playing-is-like-bike-riding/ In this masterclass, Nicola Cantan and Samantha Coates will discuss their favourite analogies for educating parents about music practice. You'll bake a metaphorical practice pie with Nicola, ride a fictional practice bike with Samantha, and by t…
 
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