Four Part Music Education

What’s important to you as a teacher? It’s a question that we rarely, if ever, ask ourselves. But it’s a question which fundamentally shapes HOW we teach, and WHO we teach. The answers to that question can show you what kind of teacher you are, and what kind of student you are likely to produce. So what’s important to you as a teacher? Are there … Continue reading Four Part Music Education

Taking on transfer students

New students generally come in two forms- those with previous harping experience, and those without. You might have your teaching game down pat for new students, but what do you do when you take on someone who already has some playing knowledge in place, especially if that approach to playing is different from yours. The number one thing to ask a transfer student is who … Continue reading Taking on transfer students

Back to teaching checklist

It’s the start of a new teaching year here in Australia, so I’m taking some time to get organised and plan out the year ahead. And while it may not be the start of a new teaching year for you, there’s no time like the present to think ahead about what you might like to achieve with your teaching. And of course, tick a few things off the organisational to do list while you’re at it! Continue reading Back to teaching checklist

Closing the deal: Turning an inquiry into a committed student

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

Business tools for busy music teachers

Teaching these days is full on. Increase your student numbers, and immediately the admin increases along with it. And if you are balancing playing at a professional level with private or school based teaching, then it is all too easy to end up overwhelmed. So what’s out there in the wonderful world of business management that can help make life a little easier? Continue reading Business tools for busy music teachers

Making technique fun

In part 1 of this series (which you can read here) I likened technique to a plate of vegetables- it’s colourful, has lots of different textures, you can do lots with it, and it is terribly good for you. But not everyone likes to eat their veggies, and sometimes even the best cooked Brussel sprout just needs a little something extra to help it go down. So here’s 3 tips for making technique fun (or at least palatable!) Continue reading Making technique fun