Optimizing Your Music Teacher Website on Search Engines

March 2, 2012 at 2:26 am | Posted in music education, Music Teacher Profession, Music Teaching Tips | 4 Comments
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Lately, I have been receiving some music teacher inquiries on how to increase the number of their students. Some of them are asking for effective ways to advertise or market their music studios.

Although there are many ways to increase the popularity of a music teaching school, I think the best way is to develop a website and start optimizing it on search engines. This may sound so difficult but I have known some music teachers who have been very successful because of their well-managed website.

In creating a music teacher website, you may start using free blog portals like wordpress.com, weebly.com, webs.com or even blogger.com. Yet, it is still advisable to have your own website domain if you can afford it. It is also necessary to add some unique and relevant contents to gain trust from your readers.

After setting up your music teacher website, you may hire an SEO professional or company to initiate link building and social networking for your site. Again, this may be expensive but sure this can also be a good investment. I have been employing a search engine optimization expert for more than 3 years now and I’m glad to say that my music school business is constantly growing because of my website.

As a music teacher, I have limited knowledge and skills about computers and the internet. However, this never prevented me from utilizing technology and reaching out to more possible students. I always believe that it’s not wrong to seek help and professional assistance that’s why I hired a web designer and an SEO.

Gary Levin

The Art of Pioneering a Music Program

February 15, 2012 at 2:49 am | Posted in music education, Music Teacher Profession | Leave a comment
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How does one start a music program that is largely non-existent? Here in South Africa it’s only the private schools that include private/instrument music lessons in their curriculum. At the moment, I’m teaching music appreciation as a subject in a private boys school that is obsessed with sport (grades 4-8). Music is a very low priority and making headway is slow and sometimes, I have to admit, I want to fall down in a puddle on the floor in the fetal position and suck my thumb at the injustice of it all.

I had to ask myself, after coming from a co-ed school, what do boys want? What do boys love? I had to make it relevant for them. A while ago I read a book by Dr James Dobson called “bringing up boys”; in it, he states that most teachers gear their lessons towards girls and not boys. I had a long think about it and realized I did that very thing in my music lessons. Girls are generally very accepting about most things we do within music lessons, but boys are rough and ready, these warrior like personalities who couldn’t be bothered about singing and dancing unless it involves some sort of hip hop fight scene.

They like the physical stuff, like drumming. I am generalizing here, as many boys do enjoy other things, but in my experience, they are in the minority. I began to formulate lots of rhythm lessons and invested in many pairs of drum sticks and boomwhackers where the boys could whack out their frustrations, in a controlled environment, to their hearts content. I have had to be creative in picking what I do with them, especially in a school where the music budget is small.

Boomwhackers are great to be able to teach chord structures to the boys in a fun environment. I will put together a tuned rhythm where I use the chords C, F and G. I hand out C and E (C chord), F and A (F chord), and G and B (G chord). We then create a rhythm and the boys whack it out as hard as they want to on the tuned, hardy, plastic music makers. At the end of the time, their hands are sore, they’ve blown in their friends ears through the tubes, tried out the strength of the plastic on another persons head and left thanking me for a very enjoyable lesson. I swell in the face of gratitude as my next class enters to go through the whole scenario again.

And slowly, slowly, each year I’m around, I begin to make a little more headway in the music scene around our college. I have to place music where there is none and create opportunities for musicians where there were none… and when all is said and done, I can turn around and be immensely proud of placing a musical note in a sport infested environment.

– Celeste Smith

Celeste is also an author of a book that tells a true story about a family’s struggle and ultimate victory in dealing with a disabled child. She speaks very frankly about their ordeal and feelings of depression and anger. She speaks about how this affected her other child and her relationship with her husband. She brings you into her world now, which is a place of peace, security and victory through Jesus Christ.

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Share Your Music Teaching Experiences and Tips

February 14, 2012 at 1:54 am | Posted in music education, Music Teacher Profession, Music Teaching Tips, My Experinces | 1 Comment
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Music teaching is indeed an exciting and fulfilling profession. Although there are instances and experiences that may cause us problems and difficulties, being able to resolve these can make us more effective music educators and even make us improve ourselves.

Teaching music to students with different behaviors, capabilities, age and other personal characteristics can be difficult to handle. There are even times when we have students who are too demanding to learn music but they do not have such discipline to study their pieces. However and because of our love and passion for music, we always tend to cope up with these types of students and still perform our job professionally.

We all have various experiences and techniques in teaching music. We differ in solving different problems. Thus, we are asking you to share these experiences with other music teachers. Share your effective teaching methods or even reviews of gadgets and software that you are using in your music class. With your willingness to share these things, we hope that more music teachers can become better professionals.

Write your pieces and send them to us. Our email address is musicteacher541@gmail.com

We will gladly post it on this website and let other music teachers learn about your story.

Starting a Business as a Music Teacher

January 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Posted in music education, Music Teacher Profession | 4 Comments
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Music teachers should not be afraid to take the leap into private sector teaching. Teaching music is almost a traditional occupation, with roots that go back hundreds of years. Today there are a few more legal hurdles to face, but setting up a music teaching business is no more difficult than setting up any other business.

A business plan is where most prospective small business owners start. Business plans can be very useful for obtaining loans and other forms of financing, but they are also useful as a way to get the details of a small business out on paper. The Small Business Administration offers templates for business plans. There are a number of commercial business plan templates available as well as software to help streamline the writing process. For example, MBA Online has a resource for entrepreneurs looking to start a business during an economic downturn. The Small Business Administration also recommends looking into classes to help with starting a small business and building business plans.

In addition to traditional hoops that businesses face, music teachers must formulate a marketing plan and methodology for attaining students. Consider using your existing network of music programs, teachers, and stores to help get your message out. Teach your students exciting music and set up recitals to give visibility to your teaching.

The next thing to consider is location. Most people are familiar with the traditional image of the music teacher meeting students at home. This is usually the cheaper option for teachers starting out, but it may not be the best option when local laws and ordinances are involved. Many towns will permit teaching of music in the home if teachers see one student at a time. Others, like the one in the article, have restrictions for parking. In that case, it may be necessary to book an outside location for recitals, while it is still possible to teach from home. Regardless, it is important to comply with all of the local zoning laws.

Financing a home-based music teaching business may not be difficult. Monthly rent for an outside location makes a music teaching business more intensive. Home-based teachers often rely on existing community relationships and word of mouth for advertising, while teachers who have to support an outside location need more regular students to keep the business going. Outside financing might be necessary to defray any startup costs. Small businesses can qualify for a number of low cost loans.

Business structure is the next thing to consider. Many small music teaching businesses manage well as sole proprietorships and limited liability corporations (LLC). Business structure determines which forms are needed for filing taxes, but it can also affect legal liability of the proprietor. Check state laws for business name registration. Most states do not require registration if small business owners use their own full name. Some states require registration for any fictitious name. Others base registration requirements on the business structure.

Small businesses are required apply for a tax number, register for state and local taxes and apply for any necessary permits at the state and local level. Contact the city and county government for music teaching permit information. Most local areas require a business license for private music teachers.

Beginning a music teaching small business is not a daunting task. Prospective teachers need to follow a few simple steps to ensure that everything is setup correctly. If in doubt, see the Small Business Administration for guidance. Many times classes for small business owners are available locally at community centers and other venues. Check into these for additional help with creating a business plan and taking care of business details.

—- Elaine Hirsch

What Makes a Great Music Teacher

January 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession, Music Teaching Tips, My Experinces | 6 Comments
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What makes a great music teacher? Someone with years of expert training and dedication? Someone who knows all the answers to music students’ questions?  Someone with a track record of incredible students?

It would be easy to say yes. Music teachers like that are very impressive. And certainly training and dedication are essential. But over the years I’ve realized that there are other qualities even more important than these.

I had a friend who majored in Music and French at University who ended up teaching German, her second foreign language, in a high school. One day, in the midst of a German lesson, she taught her students a German word that she later discovered did not exist. Mortified, she was hoping that her students would forget it along with all the other vocabulary they frequently forgot, but no such luck. The students remembered and continue to use this invented German word, and she did not have the heart or the courage to tell them the truth.

This story made a great impression on me when I heard it, and I determined at that moment that I would never pretend to know all the answers. As a child, I had thought my teachers had all the answers. Now as an adult, I know they did not. And so if a student asks me a question and I don’t know the answer, I tell them truthfully that I will find out for them and let them know. They don’t seem to have a problem with that.

What about having impressive students? Isn’t that an important yardstick by which to measure a teacher? My take on this is that it’s more important to have students who love what they do, and to have a good relationship with them. Worrying about whether they are excelling can get in the way of these other more important aspects.

On that note, are you aware of what your beliefs are about your students and about your teaching? If your students don’t excel, are you taking it personally, blaming your own teaching, or, conversely, blaming your students for being lazy or unmotivated? If you are driven by the need for recognition, it is easy to fall into this trap. Notice what drives you, and whether it is working for you. I decided a long time ago, when I was teaching some students with some personal challenges, that it was more important to give them love and attention, than for them to succeed at the piano. I’ve noticed that this works much better for me as a general rule.   If they are talented, it certainly can be more stimulating to teach them, and I love to hear the results, but I have developed some really close relationships with more typical students that were far more satisfying.

Another important issue is boundaries. Be clear about what you are able to offer.  What has worked best for me is to be friendly and warm, but not to try to be a best friend. To be clear about starting and ending times, fees, cancellations, and about the structure of the lesson. To be focused and not overly chatty. To give the students space to make discoveries, and to be objective as far as possible.

The bottom line here is about awareness. When you are teaching, are you aware of your breathing? Is your body relaxed? What thoughts do you have in your mind? How are you feeling? Are you present with the student? Do you feel in balance? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you still learning and growing as a musician and a person every day? Are you open to having fun? Are you genuinely enthusiastic? Are you even willing to look silly if it will help the student understand a certain principle or connect to a certain piece of music?

One of my advanced students, a teenage boy of 17, was learning a contemporary piano piece written for dancers. He was finding it difficult to connect to the piece, and I suddenly had the idea that maybe it would help him if I moved around the room and danced to it myself. I remember blushing as I had the idea. Although I often danced to music, I was in no way a professional, and I was afraid of embarrassing myself. But here we were in a large empty studio, and it just seemed like the right thing to do. I suggested it to my student, and he was very receptive. So I got up and started moving and dancing to the music. And an amazing thing happened. As he accompanied my movements, and I expressed physically and emotionally what I was hearing, the piece transformed. And neither he nor I have ever forgotten the experience.

Know more tips and ideas on how to become a great music teacher; visit these music teaching resources. – Earl Marsden

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Teach Music, Motivate Your Students and Feel Rewarded

November 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | 1 Comment
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Most music teachers would agree that every time they teach music, they experience both the challenges and the rewards of their profession. It is also true that in this field of specialization, teaching, no one shall ever be contented with what he or she knows; therefore, continuous learning is advised. The use of innovations like those of music teaching software, music teacher websites as well as those online music teaching resources, and the integration of technology into the learning process are both encouraged among those educators who all want to effectively and efficiently teach music at all times.

Whenever you teach music, it seems that you have all the pressures unto your shoulders and everything tends to be your primary responsibility. When you teach music, it also follows that you have to motivate the students to make them learn more and keep them interested in learning the wonders of the subject itself. More so, you should instill in your learners’ minds that whatever they learn inside the classroom and the music studio must be religiously adopted, applied and practiced.

Both music and music teaching are dynamic, fun and exciting. They both have their challenges and privileges. With a very huge opportunity on making learning and teaching music more fun and interesting, music teachers can play around with wonders of music and spend more quality time with their students. With this, you go beyond or out of the box – you don’t just teach music, you enjoy music and inspire the learners in many different ways.

Some of its exciting and interesting scenarios are: Imagine chanting and playing instrument with the popular Thai Music using the vot, ponglang and the pin. Discover the diverse variety of musical styles, beats and traditions from the sparkling islands of the Caribbean Sea. Sing to the tune of Puerto Rican Aguinaldo, salsa and reggae. Reanimate the bagpipe music of the Netherlands, or be entangled with the famous epic songs of France which tackles courtly love, war and nature.

Or, travel back in time and reminisce the sentimental melody of Elizabethan music reflected in secular songs and consort; or jive to the modern tunes and fast beats of contemporary music such as pop, rap and rock. Whatever geographic identity and cultural context of these genres of music, music lovers and enthusiasts will certainly arrive at common belief and understanding – music gives life and meaning to the human identity and diversity as it can again do wonders in anyone’s life.

Despite indifferences, you and your students can meet along as both parties make the necessary actions to achieve their common goal – learn and teach music as they both enjoy what they do. With all the time, resources, efforts and hard work of the concerned parties or individuals, learning music can always be fun and rewarding – making every learner feel motivated and inspired.

So, if you are still thinking of what particular professional endeavors you are to face or what career exactly you wish to partake, it is suggested that you teach music and enjoy your love and passion for music – well, as you also establish a safer, more secured, and more stable financial freedom. Again, teach music with all your hearts as great rewards on self-fulfillment await such an innovative, a motivated and an inspired music teacher. Enjoy!

Teach music with this software in music teaching and see how it can help you manage your private studio. – Earl Marsden

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Music Teaching Resources: Guide to Innovative Music Teaching

October 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | Leave a comment
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As the cliché goes, teaching is indeed a very noble profession. Its challenges are as good as its rewards. Among many endeavors of being a music teacher in different areas, finding the most motivating, reliable, innovative, and effective music teaching resources has become one of the most difficult tasks to come up with as it includes a lot of points to consider.

One great way to go and grab these interactive music teaching resources is to go online as you find your fellow music teachers over the web and around the globe to extend a hand and share their thoughts and experiences. First hand sources are the best avenues and mediums of the very cost-effective as they come from experiences and real situations with real answers and results.

With favorable and positive outcome on the effectiveness of such adopted, acquired and practiced music teaching resources, a music teacher can surely recommend such strategies to his or her fellow music educators and pass the good news on. This medium has been so easy through the power of technology and of course, the internet.

Yes, teaching is fun; but music teaching is much more fun and exciting. So true that all around the world, music inspires and adds vivid colors to human lives and so as learning and teaching music. With such belief, music education needs more and more modifications, improvements as well as evaluations and assessment so as to gauge whether such music teaching resources have been useful, effective and efficient.

That is why music education experts have continuously developed music teaching resources for music professionals, academicians and practitioners to learn the musical mixing, moving and adaptation in different parts of the world. It is an easy resource material and reference for music teachers because it contains jam-packed information about the music culture, genre, style, variation and dynamic of a particular place or country of interest.

The music teaching resources are not only made for music teachers or studio managers alike, these are also especially developed for budding musicians, pursuits or students. If you have that passionate interest in learning the widely, varying forms of music, it is perfect for you! The most special features and magical touches of these reliable and motivating music teaching resources are the reference tools and materials that are almost similar to an encyclopedia or books of learning. Thus, these strategies have been modified to upgrade such music teaching resources – easy to use, navigable and has specialized search engines. Well, no need to read piles of outdated encyclopedias and skim dozens of books, all the information about music is just one-click away!

So easy and trouble-free to get used to and with the vision of providing mounts of updated, comprehensive and new information about music in different geographical identity and distribution, the music teaching resources is the best tool for music learning, playing and of course, teaching! Other remarkable features include strategies and techniques in music teaching, best practices in music playing, fine-tuning of music styles and dynamics, networking conferences and other relevant sources, information and links.

So, find enjoyment, fun and pleasure filled with learning while using these music teaching resources. Such software and web-based applications will certainly provide you detailed information about the music teaching resources, its use, advantages and features. Enjoy!

Join this music teacher discussion and learn more reliable and informative music teaching resources. – Earl Marsden

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Teaching Music on Its Three Different Perspectives

July 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | 2 Comments
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It is not easy for one to teach music because it requires both knowledge and skill to be highly efficient in this particular job. Over the years, education professionals and experts continue to search for strategies on how they can take teaching music to a much higher level. A lot of factors play a role in this subject. Children, for example, will not always be interested in what you will teach them since all they want to do is play and do things on their own. Adults, on the other hand, may not be as cooperative as you expect them to be. There may be hurdles in teaching someone how to understand music, play a musical instrument and the likes. But what matter the most is the fact that there are various strategies in this peculiar task-all of which will be discussed in this post.

The teacher. Teaching music is both a profession and passion for some educators. It is challenging yet rewarding. The teacher should not stop learning new things about music especially that new innovations are available for use. The teacher must be highly motivated to impart his or her knowledge to the students inasmuch as he or she must possess a lot of patience. Set a goal and stick to it. Teaching materials such as flashcards, recorders, and listening resource kits would be of great help in capturing one’s attention. Start with the basics and always go back to it.

The student. Take into account the learner’s age, interest, fundamentals when it comes to music-how much he or she knows about what you will teach, and of course, motivation. These things are highly essential if you want your student to really learn and be able to execute the things you will teach them. Make them like what you teach. Have them practice as much as they can. Have them repeat the beats since repetition is what music is made of. Creative music programs will get their interest and will spare them from boredom. It is always best to have active participation during classes. Do not forget to acknowledge, praise, and reward them for their job well done. Through this, they will take advantage of the extra points you give which will help them be attentive and cooperative. Plus, making them feel their efforts are appreciated will motivate them to do better each time.

The Harmony. Combining the student’s and the teacher’s efforts will surely create a harmonious working relationship. The harmony marks that the goal has been met. Once the teacher showed that he or she cares for the student and the student’s progress, it will start to create harmony among themselves which will make learning music fun and effective. Harmony will bring the best out of the students and will push them to the limits of what they can do. There will be no more barriers to acquiring music knowledge and skills. There will only be more love and passion for sounds, notes, and melodies.

Teaching music generally requires love for what one does. Remember, you are not mere music teachers. You are mentors who have once touched people’s lives and have helped them become better persons that they can be.

Teaching music with this software for music teachers can save you time and efforts. – Earl Marsden

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Teaching Music – A Stable and a Noble Profession

June 21, 2010 at 8:14 am | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | Leave a comment
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Teaching music must be so much fun and rewarding. With so many inspiring stories from different music teachers around the globe, I know that most of us agree when I say that teaching can certainly be one of the most noble and fulfilling professions one can possibly engage himself into. Whenever a professional is teaching music, he or she is believed to be experiencing the kind of contentment and joy only teaching can bring.

The following are some of the many advantages of teaching music and how this craft can be a very exciting and rewarding experience:

a. A music teacher gets the sweetest hug or a kiss on his or her cheek from the students – their simple ways of thanking their mentors, extending their appreciation and showing their sincerest gratitude.

b. Teaching music goes beyond traditional teaching as it can involve a wide array of music teachers’ resources which the learners can surely understand, adopt, acquire and enjoy.

c. Music teachers can now enjoy both their passion and profession in a more innovative and interactive approach through the use of some technologies and subscription to reliable music teachers’ software that you can find and avail online.

d. Teaching music is a great way to express oneself, spread the good news about music as well as its wonders, continue to touch a heart and change a life, and most of all, desirably inspire others to rediscover their talents, skills and interests.

e. As a music education expert, you can incredibly encourage fellow musicians to live up to their passion and let the legacy lives on.

f. This profession can also be a possible way to further your personal knowledge, understanding and perceptions about music and music education.

g. Your authentic ways of understanding, appreciating and loving music and its varieties can be effective tools and methods to motivate the learners embrace this craft and live with its gifts and perfections.

h. You can creatively teach your students to express themselves more artistically and imaginatively.

i. Evaluating the issues linked to learning and teaching music, you can reinvent and modify different music teaching strategies to make it more appealing, interesting and inspiring to everyone.

Evidently, teaching music can be a great avenue to find more and more reliable and fun ways to do what you love and passionate about – without compromising the kind of career opportunities and financial security you might possibly have. Your experiences as a music teacher seems to be irreplaceable as you can always explore, play around and feel young with your learners at all times – a perfect way to get rid of boredom, monotony and stress.

Teaching music offers greater opportunities as you could always be a part of a music school or some private music studios or even put up your own music studio business at home or elsewhere. You can always give yourself and your career a chance to venture into new, different things that you would surely enjoy.

So, if you are having second thoughts on taking music teaching as a career, better weigh things out right away and feel the wonders, fun and rewards of teaching music can give you.  Yes, this is truly a fulfilling and fun experience – personally, psychologically, emotionally, mentally and even financially.

Teaching music with this software for music teachers can save you time and efforts. – Earl Marsden

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Why I Want to be a Piano Teacher

May 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Music Teacher Profession | Leave a comment
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I have always dreamed of becoming a piano teacher – someone who could motivate young minds, spread the good news and wonders of music and most of all, inspire and touch many people lives. And yes, I am glad that I have become a modern piano teacher who brings creativity, animation and innovation in the classroom.

Teaching is indeed a noble profession; it requires not just knowledge, expertise, skills and experiences but also the right discipline and attitude towards work, colleagues and a great number of students from time to time. Most teachers would agree if I state in here that music teaching just like teaching any other subjects really demands much of our time, effort and resources.

Undoubtedly, I love to teach piano and I love being with my students. This noble profession has been providing me both lots of challenges and rewards for more than a decade now. Fulfilled and happy, a piano teacher has always been given a chance to touch a heart and change a life. The following are some reasons why I love my being a piano teacher:

A piano teacher can do a wide variety of interesting things such as playing around with the kids, singing and dancing, having fun, and most of all, laughing out loud over some silly things. Yes, I enjoy these activities because at my age, it brings out the childhood and joyfulness in me.

A piano teacher tends to experience several great things that are irreplaceable and incomparable: happiness, motivation, commitment, excitement, pleasure and recreation in many different ways. You may feel somehow stressed out and tired for the day, still, you may feel the happiness and ending a day with this thought: you had a great day and it’s all worth your time and effort.

A piano teacher can be a very good, loving, caring and responsible parent even without getting married and/or giving birth. In a class, a piano teacher can have a bunch of sons and / or daughters in an instant. And mind you, the kind of joy and excitement they give us, piano teachers have been very rewarding and fulfilling. For a mentor, nothing can be more rewarding than a smile, a hug or a kiss from a student who learned his lessons not just on piano and music, but also in life.

A piano teacher has a great opportunity to manage his own time and resources. As music educators, we are given the privilege to use our creativity, our own piano teaching strategies, as well as our own ways and means on how we could teach piano more efficiently and effectively. With these techniques, I am certain that our dear learners would appreciate us not just as their music teachers but also as their mentors.

Needless to say, piano teaching can be a lot of fun and excitement as we, piano teachers can always enjoy and love each piano teaching experience with our students. Truly, I would forever be happy that I am a piano teacher – and yes, this is indeed my profession and my passion for a lifetime.

On this note, I hope that all piano teachers out there feel the same way as I do. Let us join hands and spread the wonders and the good news of music. Have fun!

Do you wish to be a piano teacher? Visit this music teaching blog and learn more reliable tips and resources. – Earl Marsden

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