It’s the start of a new year, and you’ve got some students who need some focus and motivation. Or you’ve got a student who thrives on achievements, but tanks every time they go near an exam room. Or both you and the student are going stir crazy going over the same 5 pieces. Again. What to do? Continue reading The 40 Piece Challenge
Whether my studio is full to overflowing, or if there are a few gaps to be filled, my response to every new inquiry is the same. I’m happy. I’m enthused. I’m keen to learn more about this potential new student who shares a passion for music and the harp. But what does it take to turn this question about possible lessons into an inspired and motivated student who not only wants to learn the harp, but wants to learn from you. Continue reading Closing the deal: Turning an inquiry into a committed student
Conducting an interview with an new student who is coming from another teacher? Here’s 18 questions that can help you to get to know them as a player and set the scene for future lesson success. Continue reading 18 Questions to ask a transfer student
Like a good many music teachers, I began by teaching as I had been taught. It had worked for me, and quite frankly, I knew no other way. I took it very seriously, and compiled lists of requisite pieces in suggested order and set to it. And for some students, that worked. And for others it didn’t. Why? Continue reading My journey as a creative harp teacher
I’m starting to get old. I can tell because I keep referencing advertisements that none of my younger students know. They then look at me with a mixture of pity and amusement which doesn’t help at all. One of my favourite old ads that I frequently come back to is from Pantene. Continue reading Teaching tip- The Pantene Rule
Lesson plans. Sometimes they are great and sometimes they just go flying out the window, especially if you are being a creative harp teacher. But having some idea in place as to what you would like to achieve at each lesson can give valuable structure to what is often a very short space of time, while leaving the student with a clear sense of purpose and direction. Continue reading Lesson plans
The time has come where you feel like you (kind of) know what you are doing. Or someone has approached you and asked for lessons. Or your teacher has suggested you take on some beginners they can’t fit in. Either way, congratulations- you are about to start teaching the harp!
Quite possibly, you’re feeling a bit of a mix of emotions at the moment- excited, nervous, and perhaps a little confused and overwhelmed about exactly how to start. So here are some top tips to help you with your new career. Continue reading Top tips for starting your harp studio