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Reader Discussion: Balancing life and career

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Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:59

The May/June 2013 Clavier Companion issue contained several articles concerning balancing our careers as music teachers with the other important aspects of our lives. We invite you to join the conversation ­and share your experiences regarding how you manage the many demands placed on music teachers. Below are some questions to consider:

How do you manage your daily, weekly, and seasonal schedules?

Do you have a time saving tip not included in one of the articles?

How has technology assisted your teaching life?

How do you help students learn to manage their time?

How do you decide what to include in your schedule as a music teacher?

Are You a Workaholic Piano Teacher?

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Created on Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:22

As I reflect on changes I would like to make in the new year (aka New years resolutions), I’d like to share something I’ve noticed about piano teachers. At the risk of ruffling a few feathers, I’m just going to say it:

Piano teachers tend to be workaholics.

Perhaps that’s too much of a generalization and perhaps I think this because I tend to be one myself. But I think it’s safe to say that anyone who works from home has a tendency to be a workaholic. It’s just difficult to separate ourselves from our work when we work from home. Take a moment to do some inventory:

  • Do you frequently find yourself thinking about piano related things on the days you are not teaching?
  • Do you teach more than 5 days a week?
  • Do you have any large blocks of time during the week in which you are not thinking of music related matters?
  • Do you have any free evenings when you can go out with friends who are not self-employed?
  • Does your family complain that you work too much?

Do It Yourself! 4 Music Games on a Shoestring Budget

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Created on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:17

Sometimes students need hands-on, interactive ways to reinforce the musical concepts they are learning. If you are looking for games or activities for your students that won’t break your budget, here is a fun way to get started. Everyday thousands of lids for plastic containers of milk and other beverages are thrown away. With the help of your students, you can repurpose them as enjoyable learning tools. 

To create interest and student involvement, begin by collecting a few lids, and set them out them out in view of your students. Explain that you need the students to help you gather enough lids to play some music games. Sending e-mails to parents can also help your collection grow.