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How To Become A Piano Teacher – Pocketfuloflearning

Believe it or not, becoming a piano teacher is not too difficult. As long as you have enough experience playing the piano, you can start teaching students. The actual steps to learning the piano and becoming competent enough to teach the material might take years. You don’t need a certification to teach someone how to play the piano, so the process of becoming a teacher is not long.

The first step to becoming a piano teacher is to advertise your studio as much as you can. For myself, I began advertising on Facebook. I posted statuses on my Facebook profile page about how I am teaching lessons. My advertising was simple. Now that I look back on my advertising, I wish I had advertised more often. I remember how I posted once or twice a week, and then I stopped posting for a couple months. I wasn’t consistent and that’s why I would recommend posting often. Advertising is the best form of getting students to your studio. I have more blog posts where I talk about how to advertise and where specifically to advertise.

The next step is to choose a method book that you want to teach from. I’ve talked about this before also! There are tons of books available and I would suggest going to the book store to check each book out. Decide for yourself which method book would work best with your teaching style. Don’t be afraid to choose a method book because you can always change it later. I would choose a lesson book and a technic book. The lesson book has all of the lesson plans and curriculum. The technic book is full of technical exercises built for improving technique. If you want, you can purchase some of these books ahead of time to start learning for your first lesson.

The next step is to begin scheduling the students that responded to your marketing. Don’t be afraid of telling everyone you know that you’re teaching piano. It’s a great way to start getting some new students and it doesn’t hurt to have some students from the get-go! I was always too shy to tell everyone that I teach piano. I started to come out of my shell, but I’m still too shy. I use a scheduling system from google calendar. I like how I can take my calendar with me and I can update it digitally wherever I am. Find what works best for you.

Now that you have everything set up, it is time for your first lesson! I was so nervous when I first began teaching piano lessons. I stumbled with my words and I look back at my first lesson with humor now. I was too nervous. I should have tried to relax and everything would have gone better. After your first couple months of teaching, you will get better at it. There’s no need to worry right now if you feel like you’re not a good teacher. You will definitely be able to develop a better teaching style and your teaching skills will improve! Be kind to yourself. You’re just starting teaching and it can be daunting. Try to stay calm and happy.

I wish you all the best in your teaching endeavors! I’m here if you ever need any advice on teaching. By the way, I am going to be opening a teachers pay teachers store soon! I’m so excited for this and I will be updating my blog more about this new path! I enjoy helping other teachers pursue their dream of becoming better teachers. Be sure to stay tuned for more blog posts and content from me. I hope you have a great weekend!

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The most important part of building a teaching business

I’m the type of person that needs a flexible schedule. Before I began teaching, I was working jobs that required me to be at a certain place for 8-10 hours at a time. Building my teaching business from the ground and up inspired me to work hard every day. I don’t have time to slack because my business relies on me to consistently work every single day. It’s worth it though. All of the hours of work I put in to my business has taken care of me for more than six years now.

The most important part of building a teaching business is to always stay working. There are days where you’re not going to have much work to do, but try to remember that there is always something that you are able to do every day. I remember two instances in my life when I knew that constantly working was important. The first experience I had was when I was laying in my bed. I was a college student at the time. I didn’t like working and frankly, I had never worked before either. My dad stopped by my room and told me that I needed to do something. I was watching tv shows on my phone all day and never accomplishing anything. My peers were working on the resumes, studying, and accomplishing much more than I was. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t let myself turn into that type of a person. I need to work and I knew I needed to work harder.

The next instance in my life where I knew that I needed to work harder was when I barely had ten students in my teaching roster. I didn’t know how to recruit new students. I decided to post in neighborhood groups on facebook that day. I made my own flyers and I put them in every facebook group that I could find. The entire endeavor took more than an hour. I was tired and exhausted. I had never worked so much just for marketing. In the next two hours of posting, I received ten new students. It took time to make a flyer, write a bio, and post them everywhere. If I hadn’t done that, I would still be teaching only ten students a week. I would have never gotten more business.

There will always be something more that you can do to expand your business. A teaching business requires more of your time than a normal job would require. As long as you love teaching and you know that this is what you want to do, you will want to do the work. It won’t be draining because you love doing it. I hope this has helped a fellow teacher with their teaching business. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

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I’m feeling guilty today

I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit. My work has involved pushing myself to work rather than having set hours at a day job. I have to make my own schedule and that’s not always easy. Recently, I have been working on recording for my course. I’m planning on selling a comprehensive piano course for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. It’s quite a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much that I would rather spend my time working on it than hanging out with my friends. I understand that spending time with my friends is important, but I have a family to think about now. I have to set up a good future income source for us; this requires me to be working almost all the time. I’m still not sure if I’m crazy to want to work tomorrow. I’m thinking about all of the work I could get done and I really want to do that instead of going out. I understand how YouTubers feel now! They’re always talking about recording and editing before they go out. I’ll think about my decision tomorrow morning. I also think I’m hesitant about going out because I love working on my course too much! That’s a good thing right?

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Getting my work done at the library as a full-time teacher

The library is my all-time favorite place to work. I think it’s my favorite because it’s quiet and I feel more motivated to get my work done. I am currently in the process of recording for my piano course. I’ve been teaching for more than six years currently and I want to expand my teaching studio. I also have been recording myself playing several piano pieces. I absolutely love it. My teaching website is currently in the process and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my teaching career. The reason why I mention that I am recording my course is because I am planning on recording much of it in the library. I tested out the possibility of recording it in the library and it has been a success. I just finished recording my first set of lessons.

The next reason why I love getting my work done at the library is because the study room that I rent is only open for two hours. The two hour time limit is a good reminder to remained focus on my work. I am easily distracted, so this is a huge benefit for me. I also think that the two hour limit is great for recording. It’s difficult to record for long periods of time. Two hours feels like just enough for a day of work.

I also work at my office. When I go there to work, there is free coffee/tea/water. I really enjoy working there also. It’s pretty loud there so I am not able to record there. I’ve seen my colleagues feel comfortable to have their phone conversations, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet. I still feel shy when i’m recording my lessons at the library. The rooms at the library are isolated, so I don’t know why I still feel nervous. Overall, working at the office versus working at the library are different experiences. It depends on what type of work I am trying to get done that day. For example, I was working at the office yesterday. Most of my work was answering work messages and printing out sheet music. The type of work I was doing fit the work environment that I was in. Today, I really wanted to get some recording done so the library was perfect for what I needed.

Let me know what type of work environment that you like working in!

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Publishing my first post on my new tablet

My history with new technology is not something new. I’ve owned iphones, blackberries, palm pilots, macbooks, and more. I feel like all of us has experience with using technology. I, on the other hand, prefer to use the technology that I have until it doesn’t work anymore. In short, I don’t like buying new things until I absolutely have to. Therefore, it took me a long time to buy this tablet. My husband and I just bought this tablet and we love it. We also bought a keyboard that goes with it. It has been our obsession for the last couple of weeks. I’m still learning how to use it. So far, I love it.

We own an amazon fire HD 10 tablet and we love it. We’ve researched many other tablets until we decided that this was the best one for its price. I wasn’t looking for anything that would be too expensive. I wanted something that I can take with me when i’m working. I work remotely a lot of the time and this would be a very good way to work wherever I want. The tablet is light and easy to carry. We bought it with a keyboard case and I like how the case protects the tablet itself. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet is the best choice for a tablet for someone that is looking for an affordable tablet. Despite the negative reviews on amazon, we think that this tablet is amazing for its price and quality.

I will keep everyone updated how we like the tablet. We haven’t had it for very long, so I don’t want to completely admit that its the best tablet we’ve owned so far. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet has been a game changer though. If you are looking for a working tablet as a teacher, I would highly recommend looking into purchasing the amazon fire HD 10 tablet.

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Finding peace with myself and closure

Firstly, I want to apologize for being all over the place sometimes when I’m posting. I’ve always been a sporadic person. I like to be free and do my own thing. I don’t always have a set schedule and I like living my life this way. When I’m posting blog content on this blog, I’m not always consistently sticking with a schedule. I enjoy the freedom of posting when I want and what I want. My blog is my place to enjoy writing, and that will never change.

Lately, I have been feeling locked inside my own mind. I overthink everything and it’s not good to overthink. Life is filled with so many things. If you obsess over each and every detail in your life, you will never be happy. I planned to write a blog post about my life stories where I felt I was wronged, but after watching Damon Dominque’s YouTube channel, I don’t think I’m going to anymore. Instead of dwelling on the past, I want to begin writing about the future. I hope that my blog inspires people to look into the future and to be hopeful about all of the good things that are going to happen. Invest in your own happiness because you deserve to be happy. Staying in negativity will only bring more negativity.

Life is filled with many beautiful things and you won’t notice them until you stop looking at all of the negativity.

As always, I hope you are having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay on the lookout for more of my blog posts. Thank you so much for reading!

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How to be productive as a teacher // What a day in the life of a teacher looks like

Hi everyone! I absolutely love writing about being a teacher because it’s what I do every day. I enjoy teaching and it has been my life for the past seven years. I hope that I can help other teachers or aspiring teachers become better at their craft.

The best way to be productive as a teacher is to work on the tasks that you don’t want to do. All of us have tasks that we dread doing because they are either time-consuming or unappealing. These are the tasks that I would recommend trying to accomplish first. For example, I have to work on recording video lessons for my piano course. It’s something that I dread doing because it’s time-consuming. I eventually tackled completing this task and it changed my productivity level for the rest of the day. I immediately began working on completing other tasks and now, I have completed multiple tasks that I needed to accomplish.

Another way to be productive as a teacher is to set a routine. For the past couple of years, I have established a routine that I am absolutely in love with. Routines are important because they allow you to set a good start to the day. I have a morning routine that has been the same for many years. When I wake up, I know exactly what I need to do to have a good morning. I don’t have to think twice about what I need to do. Right when I get up in the morning, I already know. It has made life much more easier. If you have a routine that works for you, either in the morning or night, stick with it. You will feel your best and you will have a more productive day when you have an established routine.

The last tip I have for being a more productive teacher is to treat yourself often when you accomplish tasks. I know that teachers have a lot of things that they need to do. Some of these tasks I absolutely dread doing sometimes. For example, I have been horrible at answering my text messages lately. I dread answering work messages. Day after day, my messages pile up in my inbox. When I finally answer all of my messages, I treat myself to something I like. As i’m mentioning this in this blog post, i’m going to do this exact step. After i’m done writing, i’m going to answer all of my work messages. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when you have bad days. Being a productive teacher is difficult.

A day in the life for me is atypical. Since I work for myself, I have the privilege of choosing how I spend my day. Most recently, I wasn’t feeling well and I took two week off of work. I understand that most people are not able to take that much time off of work, but my line of work allows me to do so. I am lucky and I don’t take it for granted. I spend my mornings trying to figure out how my lessons will go for the day. It takes a lot of planning because I have to make sure I can be there for the lessons and I have to make sure that there is enough time to commute to the next lesson. After previewing my schedule for the day, I plan my lunch/day around my lessons. Therefore, I am able to see when I can have lunch and my breaks. On some days that I don’t have a lot of lessons, I try to record videos of myself playing the piano or work on promotional stuff for my business. Each work day is different, but I am always teaching lessons. Teaching lessons is the consistent factor in every work day of mine.

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Update on my Fiverr journey, Pocketfuloflearning, and my life recently

My life has changed a lot since the last time i’ve really sat down and written a proper blog post. I feel like i’ve been through a rollercoaster of emotions. There are days when I feel happy and there are days when I feel terrible. Today is one of those days. I honestly don’t feel well at all. I’m feeling horrible both physically and mentally. Even though I feel all of these things, i’m not going to let it get me down. I want to make something out of my bad times because time is too precious to waste. I’m also hoping to turn something terrible into something good. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I can only hope.

I had a series on my blog about my journey on fiverr. I started a fiverr account I wanted to get more freelance work. Most of my job that I have now is freelance. I felt that fiverr would be a good platform to reach more potential clients and to get more work. I started some gigs based on editing. Editing is one of my passions. I started editing professional documents for law school applicants. I had many clients and I felt confident in the experience I gained to post a gig about editing. I also experimented with posting other gigs. Another gig I posted was about writing blog posts for other bloggers. This gig got a lot of attention. I was happy in the beginning, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. I was essentially working for pennies per hour. The jobs weren’t worth doing because I wasn’t able to price them higher. If I did have higher priced gigs, such as my editing gigs, they got no interest. The gigs that got the most interest were my cheap $5 gigs. I regret making that gig and I have since deleted it. There were bloggers that wanted $5 for 5,000-10,000 words. There were also bloggers that wanted me to write about topics that I didn’t have experience with. Fiverr allows its users to customize their gigs and one of the options was to choose which categories you would feel comfortable writing in. I received a gig about writing about statistics softwares. I don’t even want to mention how much time I lost with that gig. Fast forward to now, I am going to officially stop using fiverr. I have gone back and forth deciding whether or not to continue to use fiverr. It has been both frustrating and a huge loss of my time. I’m trying my best to put it nicely, but the amount of work I invested equaled to very little in rewards. I researched that users have to price their gigs at extremely low rates in order to get more customers. I’m not looking to do that. It is simply not worth it to work 10+ hours and to be paid only $5 for the work. I could say more, but my advice is to not use fiverr. If there were other platforms that helped with marketing and teaching more clientele, I would recommend those. Do not short sell yourself at a lower price. The quality of work and your mental health will definitely drop. My work is worth a lot. If you are compensated well for your work, the quality of your work will greatly improve. You’ll also feel satisfied and not upset like I am. I made the final decision to make my own editing page on Facebook and to price my work at the price that I feel like I deserve. I’ve done well with working on Facebook. Much of my work has been based on Facebook. It has been a great platform for freelance work and I would definitely recommend it to everybody that is looking to be a freelancer.

Another part of this update is to talk about my blog. I absolutely love blogging. Before I expand more about what I want to talk about, I want to start off by saying that I am not going to quit blogging. I started blogging because my friend and I wanted to create something of our own on the internet. I have definitely had that for three years now and I am so happy. Blogging is something that has made my life so much better. I never feel like it’s a chore to do. Instead, it has helped me to become a better person and it has made me happier. I want to ask about ad placements and how to make revenue with ads. I’ve had word ads for almost three years. I took a break with it. Even when I have thousands of views on my blog, I still don’t have money for those views. I’m wondering how to switch to using google Adsense. Is google Adsense better than using word ads? I feel like I am ready to make the switch. My last question is if I am able to have both on my page? I don’t think I can, but I haven’t found any answers on the internet for this particular case.

My last update is on my life. I have been feeling lost for awhile. I’m struggling between deciding how I want to make income. I’ve been teaching piano for years and I want to make the switch to something more flexible. I’ve written tons of blog posts about teaching. Teaching has been my life for so long. I don’t want to let it go. I don’t know if I am confused or just unhappy with where I am in my career. I’ve also noticed that little things upset me more easily. I don’t want to talk about too much because it’s making me upset. I know that I will eventually have to confront the problem and I also know that I’ve been stalling. I hope that I can make a final decision on what career I truly want.

Thank you so much for reading my blog post. I apologize if it is lengthy. I feel like an update has been long overdue for some time. I hope you’re having an amazing day and a great week so far. Thank you for all the support and understanding. I truly appreciate it.

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How to start TEACHING at home

Welcome to Pocketful of Learning! If you are new to my blog, I write about all things related to teaching and being a teacher. I began teaching about seven years ago. Teaching has changed my life for the better. I never knew that I would be destined for this path, but there is nothing I would rather be. I love teaching and it is my main career. This blog is dedicated to helping teachers find better resources and to help teachers create a better life through teaching.

The first step to begin teaching from home is to choose a niche area that you want to teach. For example, I began teaching piano and that has remained one of my niche markets. As I started teaching the piano, I wasn’t very good at it. I would say that my teaching skills were almost non-existent at that time. I had to teach for a couple years in order to build this skill. Don’t let that discourage you. Everything is about learning and I was thankful that I chose a niche that I was familiar with. Teaching, on the other hand, was not something I learned right away. When you are choosing a niche, make sure that you know the topic very well. I wouldn’t teach piano if I only had three years of experience of playing. I waited until I had more than 10+ years of learning the piano in order to feel competent to teach it. Whichever niche you choose, it will be an important part of your teaching experience. Make sure to choose wisely.

The next step is to choose which method of teaching you want to teach with. There are a couple of methods. I currently teach from my home, teaching virtually, or I go to my students’ homes to teach. If you don’t have the time to travel outside to teach, I would recommend virtual or in-person at your home. Eventually, I want to switch to teaching virtually or in my home for all of my lessons. I feel like I am losing energy and this would be the best method for me. I also know that I will be having kids in the future and I want to be able to stay at home to work. Teaching virtually is my favorite method of teaching. When I first began teaching, I never thought that I could teach virtually. Since covid began, everything has changed and teaching virtually has become an option. I have many blog posts about how I teach virtually. You can read more about it on my blog. One thing that I want to share about teaching virtually is that it is the best way to work without interruptions. You don’t have to worry about other people begin too loud in your house. If you are able to hide in a room without distractions, teaching virtually is the easiest/most flexible way of teaching.

When you have decided which method works best for you, the next step is to get students into your roster. I currently have a full roster and a large waiting list. I remember telling my husband that my real estate page and my piano page have inquiries all of the time. I used to have to hustle to get new students/clients. Now, I can relax and I have people inquiring to me. I wrote extensively about how to get new students on my blog, and I hope that it helps you in getting new students. The one thing to remember is to be patient and to continue with advertising for many months. Consistency is the key. You won’t get a bunch of students in one day. You have to put yourself out there and you will have to advertise for awhile.

Now that you have students, the only step left is to tailor the schedule to the hours that you want to teach. Making a schedule is important and you have to make sure that you set up a good system of keeping track of your lessons. When you have the hours that best fit what you want for a work week, then you are finally able to start teaching at home! It’s a great feeling knowing that you don’t have to leave your house to work. I often hear about people trying to work from home and it never works out. I’m here to tell you that working from home is possible! You have to know what you’re doing. It’s something that will take at least a year to set up. Once you have everything set up, then you’re good to go. Make sure to take care of yourself and I look forward to posting more on here for next time! Happy teaching!

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Update on my experience with teaching this year

Life has been hectic. I feel like business has been booming, but there has been so much going on that I can’t keep up with. It’s like running on a treadmill on a speed that I can’t handle. I wish that I could gradually make the changes that I need to make in order to handle all the work that I have on my plate.

One experience that I have is trying to justify my pay rate to customers. I’ve raised my prices twice in two years. The reason why I have increased my rate is because I have been working in this field for more than six years. My experience justifies the amount of work and quality of work that I can bring to the table. I am worth the raise. It’s not that I always raise my prices. I haven’t raised my prices at all in the last six years besides recently. I’m afraid of asking for more money, but I have to be stronger. I know how much work and money I deserve. And I am worth it. My advice to any fellow teachers is to not be afraid to ask and to advocate for yourself. This is your business and never let someone tell you how you are worth. You are worth much more.

Besides the hectic busy life of teaching, nothing much else has been going on. I am hoping to go back to the office more often to get my work done. Right now, I am busy scheduling my lessons for the new school year. It’s like playing a puzzle where you have to find the right place for each student. I’ll continue posting updates on here as the year progresses. I hope everyone is having a great day and continue to stay safe/work hard!

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My recent experience completing my teacher work at the library | Not the best experience

I like to the library because it’s relaxing and quiet. Not a lot of work spaces have both qualities. When I have tough days that I have to accomplish many tasks, I like to go to a public space to work. Since Covid began, going out to these public spaces has been nearly impossible. I’ve tried going to Starbucks to work and they removed all the tables/chairs. I also saw that they took away the chairs in the library.

Now that things are beginning to go back to normal, I thought it would be the perfect day to go to the library to get some work done. It’s been a long time since my law school studying days since I’ve been at the library. The nostalgia of being there is unique because it reminds me of when I was back in college. I saw that they had placed the tables and chairs back. It’s exciting because I can finally go somewhere else to work and this library is close to my house. The library is spacious. It has an art gallery, a large bathroom facility, a huge lobby filled with tables and chairs, study rooms, and more space. I had brought lunch with me also because my intentions were to stay there for awhile.

I understand the mask policy and I don’t mind wearing a mask. When I was eating, I didn’t wear a mask. I felt like everyone was watching me, so I tried to eat quicker than I normally eat. I ate much quicker than usual that I felt a little sick. I just didn’t want someone to come and tell me that I have to wear a mask when I’m resting I’m between bites. I was still in the process of eating when an employee comes to my table to tell me that I’m breaking the rules. He said that I cannot bring any outside food besides their vending machine snacks into the library. He also said that I have to wear my mask in between my bites. If I’m not actively eating, I should be wearing my mask. With his first rule, I have never heard of it. None of the signs posted everywhere in the library state that no outside food is allowed. They state that you have to eat the food in the lobby and I don’t purposefully ate my food in the lobby. With regards to the second rule, I knew that someone would say that. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but no one I’ve ever seen takes a bite of their food and immediately puts their mask back on. Our tables were all separated more than 8 feet apart from one another and possibly more than 8 feet. If I am eating, why should I have to regulate my mask in between bites? I don’t mind putting my mask on immediately after I finish eating, but I will not put my mask on in between bites. I’m sorry, but that’s asking for too much. I wear my mask on all the time and I have had no problems with eating in relation to wearing a mask.

My purpose in telling this story is to help other teachers. We all have places where we like to work and our workload is a lot at times. If you are looking for somewhere to work, I wouldn’t recommend the library at this time. I hope that other libraries are not like this. I’m thinking about going somewhere to work from now on and I will keep everyone updated as I find the perfect place to work for teachers. The good news is that I ended up getting a lot of work done. I cleaned out two of my teaching bags, responded to work messages, signed two papers, and reorganized my calendar. Be sure to let me know if you have any recommendations for places to get work done. I’m always on the lookout for good places that are perfect for productivity and has great amenities!

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Morning Coffee Time for Teachers ☕️ | Talking About Burnout for Teachers

Good morning my fellow teachers! The morning is always the best time to begin preparing for your day. I have been lucky to create my own a schedule because I am a piano teacher. I know that other teachers have to wake up earlier than I do to get to their classrooms. Whichever kind of teacher you are, I hope that your morning goes well and that you are extra productive today! Most of all, I hope that your day runs smoothly. These two wishes are what I wish for my days every day. Not every day is good, but each morning is the start of a new day.

Today, I want to talk about burnout for teachers. Teachers have burnouts all the time. Our students don’t know this about us, but we are human. There are good days and there are bad days too. Most of all, there are days that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s nothing related to my students, but I sometimes feel burnt out on teaching in general. I have to find ways to relax or else I almost break down.

As a teacher, I don’t treat my students badly if I am having a bad day. It’s not their fault and they definitely do not deserve a mean teacher. I have to hide my emotions from them. In my heart, I wish that I could take a short break from teaching for awhile. I need some time to myself. I have to not think about teaching for three or four hours at a time. After I take a break, I feel so much better. When you have a day like this, try to treat yourself to something nice or take a small break. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Burnout is real for teachers and it can be so hard. It’s difficult because we are almost always around our students. We cannot show them our frustrations.

Often, the weekends are the best time for me to try relaxing from the work week. I feel guilty taking this time away, but I need it. I try not to answer any messages or phone calls during the weekend. I need some space. Once I have this space, I notice that I am a much better teacher when I come back from the weekend.

As a teacher, be nice to yourself. You deserve a break and don’t overwork yourself. A happy teacher is a great teacher. Try to remember that you are only human and you will make mistakes! Making small mistakes doesn’t make you a bad teacher. We are all in the same boat and you are not alone. Take care of yourself and avoid burnout!

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Pocketful of learning – Can Teachers Have Blogs?

It has been nearly three years of having a blog and I am still thinking back to the days when I first began blogging. This blogging experience has been a whirlwind of learning lessons. I feel like I have learned so much and the biggest question that is on my mind is: can teachers have blogs? Even further, we should ask if teachers should have a blog. There’s a lot of questions that needs answers. I hope I can shed some light and answer these two questions.

Can teachers have blogs?

The answer is yes. There is nothing stopping teachers from having blogs. We have the right to speak our mind about anything. Teachers are just like anyone else. If a teacher wants to create a blog, then they will. There are plenty of teaching blogs online and they have been very successful.

One thing I would caution to teachers that have blogs is to never mention the names of their students or post pictures of their students without their permission. If you want to start a teaching blog, my best advice is to talk more about ideas/concepts than to speak about specific names/places.

Should teachers have a blog?

The answer to this question differs. It depends on why you want to have a blog. Are you looking to monetize your blog or is your purpose to start giving online lessons? It depends on what your goals are. If having a blog makes sense for you, then don’t be afraid to start one. Creating a blog takes a lot of time and effort. If you are thinking of making one, don’t waste time contemplating. It took a long time for me to create my blog. I had to constantly work at and continue to expand my blog presence. All the work that you put into your blog now will pay off in the future. Start your blog today and I hope you enjoy creating a teaching blog as much as I enjoy creating mine!

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How to start a successful piano teacher blog | Five simple rules to make blogging easier

1. Make a website

The first step to creating a successful piano teacher blog is to decide which website hosting platform you are going to use. When I first started my blog, I did some research on the best website hosting platform. I remember deciding on wordpress because it was the most popular platform that a lot of bloggers use. I think that you have to decide on what platform is going to be the most beneficial for your own goals. Go through your goals and make sure that they match with the platform of your choice.

2. Decide what your blogging schedule will be

I decided that my blogging schedule will be every other day. I have my blog posts scheduled in advance so that they will post for me. I don’t like having to manually post my posts live because I am often busy throughout the day. I highly recommend utilizing a scheduling tool that will show you when your blog posts are going live on your blog. I also think about blogging ahead of time when I know I am going to be busy. Having a blogging schedule is one of the most important aspects of blogging. You should have all of these ideas in mind before you commit to starting a blog.

Another important part of scheduling is making sure that you are consistent in blogging. There’s nothing worse than creating a blog, writing some blog posts, and then leaving the blog unattended for a couple of months. I share my story a lot on this blog. I have a friend that began blogging the same time that I did. She created a blog that had about six blog posts and then she quit. I remember that she was getting initial views, but the quickness in quitting early greatly inhibited her blog from growing. I always equate a blog to like having a youtube channel. I quickly stop watching a youtube channel when they don’t update or post new content after two weeks. Having a blog is the same. You have to make sure that you are consistently updating your blog. Readers like when they see that you have posted recently. Therefore, having a blogging schedule is absolutely vital to starting a successful blog.

3. Create blog content

The next step to starting a piano teacher blog is to decide on what your first 10 blog posts are going to be about. The challenge is not figuring out what you want to write about, but it is about actually writing the blog posts. I found myself struggling when I wrote my first 10 blog posts. I wasn’t used to writing and I definitely struggled. Once I accomplished writing the first 10 blog posts, I found myself becoming used to writing. I was writing all of the time. Blogging became easier, and now, I write 2-3 blog posts per day. Creating blog content is important and you should spend as much time creating content as you are writing. Always have new ideas for blog posts in your mind. I would write your ideas as they come to mind. Constantly replenish your blog with new content.

4. Join blogging groups to promote your blog

I began joining blogging groups in my second year of blogging. I remember having trouble figuring out how to start my blog. The best part of joining a blogging group is trying to find other bloggers to guest post with. If you are able to guest post on another blog, you can link your blog to theirs. These will create great backlinks to your site and it makes a huge difference when you are building your blog. I built a couple backlinks, but I am still definitely also doing them for myself too.

5. Interact with the blogging community

Interacting with the blogging community is my absolute favorite part of blogging. I absolutely love seeing my fellow bloggers succeed with their blogs. I have found myself seeing the smaller blogs group just like my blog has grown. If you are only blogging by yourself, you are sorely missing out. Blogging is a community and there is no better way to expand your blog other than to share your blog with others. You have to let everyone know that you have a blog. Do not be a secret blogger!

Five simple rules to make blogging easier

1. Stay consistent in blogging. It’s not a sprint to the finish line

2. Stay patient

3. Write/create a lot of content

4. Always have pictures for your blog posts

5. Using keywords is a must

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How to start a piano studio

Starting a piano studio from scratch is a daunting task. It is easy to be discouraged when you find yourself not acquiring any new students. Do not give up! Everything that you are feeling is normal and it takes time to build a successful piano studio. Make sure that your mindset is in a good place because you do not want to build something with the mindset that this is a quick way to make money. Building a successful piano studio takes time and patience.

The first step to building a piano studio is to decide which piano method book that you are going to teach with. I recommend going to a music store and looking through the books to see which one fits your teaching style the best. The reason why I recommend doing this is because I wish that I would have went through and researched method books before I started teaching. The more familiar you are with the books, the easier piano teaching will be for you. Familiarity also brings credibility when you start acquiring piano students.

The next step is to start telling people that you are teaching. I recommend telling people around you like family and friends, but also post on social media everywhere. It’s not enough to post only once a month. The best method of remaining top of mind is to post once a week. I would also recommend creating a flyer because the best way to not have to repeat all of your studio details is to just hand out your flyer to all prospective clients.

My main advice is to build a strong presence on social media. Social media is a slow platform for advertising, but it has been the most effective for me. I’ve found that I can rely on it overtime. I don’t always get messages from new students every day. However, I will get messages once or twice a week. My logic is that if I am posting free advertising on a social media platform, the consistent income I receive from a student each week pays for it. I have also been known to buy $1/day ads. I’m not running ads currently, but they are super effective. If you want to rely on free advertising, post at the beginning of each week in Facebook groups and the first of each month. Use a scheduler to post to your facebook story three times a week during the most popular times. Most importantly, update your post frequently to show that you are managing your piano studio well.

Once you receive your first piano student, think about payment details. More specifically, let them know which form of payment is best (zelle, cash, PayPal, etc…) and when you want to be paid (each lesson, every other week, or the first of each month). All of these details are important to be clear about before starting lessons. Make sure you and your student are on the same page with expectations. Communication is the most important factor of building a successful piano studio.

The next step is to start your first lesson! This is the most exciting part of starting a piano studio. The nervousness of not knowing how your first lesson will be is normal. I was super nervous when I had my first lesson. I also had no idea how to teach. Afterwards, I found myself so exhausted from just a 30 minute lesson! Don’t let your new student know that this is your first lesson. Go to this lesson prepared with music books, pencils, and extra paper. All of your materials should be prepared in advance. If you want, you can gift your student some new materials that they can keep. It’s your first lesson with them and try to remember that they are also excited too! After the lesson, take some time to reflect on how you can improve on your teaching. If this is your first time teaching, try not to be too harsh on yourself. Remember that you are learning also and teaching takes practice to get better at. It is expected that you will have some hiccups in the first few lessons. Reflect each time on how you can improve your lessons and you will get better at teaching.

My last piece of advice is to consistently find ways to market/advertise your studio. I currently own my real estate business and I am always looking for new clients. Think of your studio as a bucket that you are consistently refilling with water. Not all students are going to be loyal and stay with you for many years. I think that long-term students are great, but they are also rare. Have expectations that you will say goodbye to some students, but also be sure to welcome the new students. I describe new students as a bundle of sunshine because they are so happy and eager to learn the piano. I can’t wait to be a part of their piano journey. It’s exciting and it brings me joy when other students eventually leave my piano studio. In summary, spend as much time as you can looking for new students. As you fill your time slots, the nervousness of losing students will be gone because your consistently replenishing your time slots with new students. Be sure to have fun and I wish you all the best of luck in starting your new piano studio!

Does Fiverr actually work? | Part 1 of Testing Fiverr to see if it works for making money

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Recently, i’ve been in my real estate post licensing classes. It’s about seven to eight hours each day Monday through Friday. I thought this would be the perfect time to catch up on my advertising online. I’ve been recording my piano videos during my breaks and i’ve been strongly looking into Fiverr. Does Fiverr actually work? Is it possible to make money on Fiverr in 2021? I decided to make an account and test it for myself.

I can’t say too much about fiverr since I’ve only had my account for three days, but I’ve already began getting messages. The most important fact about fiverr is that you have to consistently update your gigs and manage it. I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I can sit back and let my gigs run. I honestly do believe that it takes time for the gigs to grow. If you are looking for something that is quick, fiverr isn’t the case.

After three days of making my profile and creating about five gigs on fiverr, I have received three messages and no sales. I don’t have high expectations just yet because I know that things won’t happen overnight.

My biggest advice for new fiverr freelancers is to create $5 gigs. In order to get more traction on your gigs, you need more orders. The easiest way to get more orders and interest in your gigs is to set them at a lower price. Since I created one $5 gig, I have gotten at least one more message than I usually have. Today, I am planning on creating more $5 gigs and updating my previous gigs. I am definitely going to continue working on improving my fiverr gigs and possibly adding more. This endeavor takes awhile, but I am honestly hoping that it will pay off in some way. At the least, I can create blog post content from this experience also.

My last priority is to test if I can obtain piano or double bass students from fiverr. So far, I have only been asking for copywriting gigs that I know I will be decent at. I am hoping to gain some more popularity on fiverr before introducing my music gigs into the mix. I have quite a bit of time to invest into creating these, so I will continue updating my audience on here with my progress.

If you are looking to start a fiverr account, let me know how it goes. Keep me updated as we continue on this journey together. My fiverr referral link is: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/c0357a14f3

You are not required to use my link, but it definitely helps with promoting my blog. Thank you so much for reading!

How I balance my work life and personal life as a piano teacher – and also as a real estate agent!

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I don’t think I have announced this yet, but I am officially a real estate agent. I have been working on this journey to becoming a real estate agent for a couple of months. It happened during Covid when I had a mini crises about what I should do with my life. I know that I must have been acting very dramatic, but I took the plunge into studying for the real estate exam. All of this took place when the lockdown was happening. I am still teaching the piano full time and I’m also taking continuing education classes for real estate. Life has been amazing. I’ve talked about this before, but I feel like so much has changed in my life. I am so grateful for all the blessings that I’ve had over the past couple of months. I can’t wait to continue to work harder, and continue to enjoy life with my husband and my yorkie.

The most important thing I always remember during the week is that I am working hard to make sure my small family has a great life. You have to remember what you are ultimately working hard for. When you have your why, everything just falls into place. My husband and I have goals to move to our dream place. Each day I work hard for 10+ hours, I remember why I do so.

Another important aspect of balancing my work life with my personal life is that I have the weekends to spend with my family. We spend a lot of time together on the weekends. The weekends are when we plan our fun activities. I have something to look forward to every week because I know that the weekends are ours to enjoy.

My biggest piece of advice is to plan things to look forward to. Plan a vacation that you are really excited for. Reward yourself for teaching your milestones and set goals. When you have a purpose, going to work each day becomes so much easier. Continue to work hard every day. It will pay off!

The impact of recording piano videos and how it changed my piano studio

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When I began reviving my music studio, I always had a dream of recording my own piano videos of myself playing the piano. It is one of my top favorite things to do and I always envied other piano teachers that were posting videos of themselves playing the piano. I dreamt of this for so long, but I never acted on it. It wasn’t until I realized that I wanted to record my own piano lessons that I knew that I should also record myself playing the piano. If I was going to do it, I knew that I had to record a lot of videos. I didn’t want others to think that I was only recording two or three videos. I wanted the community to notice that I could play multiple pieces and that I was working hard on my craft. I slowly began posting. It began to change my life. I never noticed how many people watched my videos and how they would respond to it. The response from everyone was of awe.

When I was in a lesson today, one of my students told me that they watched my videos. I felt like a famous YouTuber even though I’m not even close to that level of popularity. They asked me to play some songs that I played in my videos. The response from the community has been more than I could ever imagine. I love recording. I now understand why famous pianists record themselves playing the piano. It takes awhile to record piano videos, but the response makes it all worth it.

A huge reason why I also wanted to record piano videos was because it would show the community that I am serious about the piano. I wanted them to know that I am worth my lesson price. I have more followers on my Facebook page than last year and more people follow the page every day. It amazes me that people like my videos. I hope to make more of them. I gained many new students just form posting my videos. I imagine that in the future, I will also post double bass videos to garner more double bass students. If you are a teacher that is looking for more students, I highly recommend trying to record yourself playing your instrument! Let me know how it goes!

Frustrations of a teacher and how to handle them

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Sometimes when i’m having a tough day, I credit some of my frustration to small things that occur during the day. I try not to bring my frustrations into my lessons because my students do not deserve a cranky teacher. Even when i’m upset, I try to hide it. It’s not productive for my student or myself for me to be upset. A lot of being a teacher is about hiding your true emotions. You have to put your emotions aside in order to be a better teacher.

Today, i’m having one of those days where I am not too happy about some events that occurred. Two things happened today that are small problems, but definitely not something to be really upset about. I try not to think too much about them. I’ll share these two problems and i’ll give you my approach as a veteran teacher on how I am going to handle them.

The first problem is that I needed to record some music and someone in my household is making a lot of noise. I had to stop recording. The recording is not going to be completed today. It makes me upset, but I am going to wait a different day to record instead. I’m definitely going to wait until no one is at the house. As a teacher, you’re going to encounter many times where people are unnecessarily loud. They are going to disregard your need of a quiet room. I have mastered the skill of avoiding any kind of situation where it could possibly make it impossible for me to work. It is incredibly frustrating, but not everything will always be perfect. I’ve found that a perfect place to work or to get stuff done is to work in my car. I can conduct lessons without any distractions or background noise. I have a funny story that I want to share about when I worked in the car. I was sitting in my car teaching three lessons that day. I was minding my own business without bothering anybody. I chose to teach in my car because I know it is important to have a quiet background. Someone came into my car without my consent and they opened the door. They interrupted my lesson. Not only was my student shocked, but I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I now know that I will never put myself in a possible situation where that could occur. You, as a teacher, can only try your best to avoid bad situations. As long as you try your best, everything will work out. Try to stay calm and solve the problem the best as you can.

The second problem I ran into today is someone that has been continually looking for a free trial lesson. I don’t offer free lessons for a reason. I’ve learned that students don’t take my time seriously if they ask for a trial lesson. I already don’t have a lot of free time, so it is sometimes frustrating when a new student tries to take my time. It doesn’t mean that I don’t offer to meet the student to get to know them or talk on the phone to answer questions before the first lesson, but I specifically do not offer free lessons. This student asked me if they can meet me for 10 minutes just to see where they are in their current lesson book. They also have no intention to pay me for that time. I know this because they have been trying to get a free lesson from me for weeks. At this point, I am going to continue to hold my ground. They will not be getting lessons from me even if they decide to pay for the lessons eventually. If they are trying to cause problems now before we even had the first lesson, I know that they will cause more problems later on.

The big takeaway from this post is to trust yourself when you encounter problems during your teaching. As a teacher, you will encounter all sorts of problems. You have to be a good representative of yourself and of what you believe in. Do not let people walk over you. If you do not feel comfortable about a situation, let the other person know. As you encounter more problems, you will get better at solving them. Being a teacher is a learning process. I am still learning every day on how to become a better teacher. I’m not perfect, but I try my best to solve each problem as it happens.

Best ways to begin teaching online | How to become an online teacher while working from home

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One of the best things I’ve done for myself is to build an online business that I can manage from my home. I don’t mention it often, but I have a debilitating health problem that stops me from being super productive. It means that I am not able to work as much during the week sometimes. My health issues are out of my control and it depends on how my body feels each day. This is the main reason why I can’t work at an office for long periods of time or be on my feet all day. I have to find what works best for my health. Working at home has solved that issue for me.

The best way I began teaching online was to download and learn how to use zoom. Zoom is a great platform that allows you to use video chat. I like using the share screen feature. If you are just beginning to learn how to teach online, learning how to use zoom is a great start. The next app I would recommend learning how to use is FaceTime. If you have an iPhone, FaceTime is much better than zoom. I’ve found that it has better internet connection and it allows you to still work on your phone while also keeping you in the FaceTime call. I am able to open up my notes app with all of my lesson notes while my student is in the FaceTime call. It is my favorite way to teach online.

The next thing I suggest doing is to make photocopies of your books so you can share it with your students. My books are my lesson plans and it’s important for my students to have them on hand. I email them a copy and the process is seamless. It arrives in their inbox instantly. The app I use to manage and store all of my books is called Doc Scanner.

The last part to begin teaching online is to advertise your lessons. Use Canva to create detailed flyers of your teaching service and share it everywhere. Let everyone know about your teaching service. I would also post it on neighborhood groups on Facebook. When you’re posting, make sure to post it every week. As you start to build up a student list, keep track of your lessons in your notes and calendar. Have a system that works best for you. I hope you enjoy teaching and that my advice is helpful for you!

My journey with TakeLessons.com | Is it worth it? Did I get students with it?

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When I first began teaching, I received many ads for lesson marketing apps. I initially started using thumbtack because it was the most popular website at the time for freelancers. I wasn’t looking to be a freelancer, but I thought that it would be a great start to garner more students.

I learned that thumbtack takes money from its users to send quotes to potential clients. I only received one client from the app. It was easy to use and the money I put forward to garner the student was paid off 4x more by the lessons I received. The important fact to remember is that you have to invest in your business in order to receive results. Do not be afraid to spend some money in order to make money. I was able to receive a new student without much effort. The quality of the student wasn’t great thought because the app was targeted for people looking for the best deal. They weren’t looking for instructors that taught quality content. It was not something I thought that would suit me. I price my lessons based on the quality of lessons that I can give rather than at a cheaper rate. I’m very good at teaching and it wouldn’t fit what I believe my lessons are worth. I quickly left thumbtack and I began using other sources of advertising for my lessons.

I stumbled upon TakeLessons.com through Facebook ads. I decided to make an account and it was easy to set up a profile as an instructor. I remember setting up my profile a couple years ago when I first began teaching. I didn’t expect much from the service because I thought it was the same as thumbtack. I later discovered that it was not the same and I was thoroughly impressed. I didn’t have to pay to talk to leads. The app allows me to message leads without having to pay anything. This was a huge game changer from how I was accustomed to. I quickly learned that I was able to obtain students without having to spend some money upfront. I’ve obtained about four to five students from this app to date. The more students I keep for a longer period of time, the more TakeLessons.com recommends my lessons. My main takeaway that I hope others take from this post is that TakeLessons.com is a great service to use for upcoming instructors. It is also great to have if you are a veteran teacher. I always believe in having as many sources of advertising as possible. You need to make sure that your business stays afloat. When you outsource your advertising, the apps will continue to look for students for you. I don’t have to do much work to garner new students nowadays, and I am much more able to enjoy spending time with my family instead. I’m going to conduct some more research on other advertising tools. I’ll let everyone know if I find something that is very good for teachers!

How to continue blogging as a full-time teacher: is it possible?

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When I began my blog a couple years ago, I was a full-time teacher. I had a teaching assistant that I paid for and I was consistently working on my blog. Over the years, I began to drift away from blogging. My life as a teacher took over most of my time and I wish I hadn’t. Blogging is something that has to remain consistent. If you are not updating your content frequently, readers will not visit your blog as often. I wish I knew how to continue blogging as a full-time teacher. I hope my advice helps other teachers pursue their dream of blogging and that I inspire you to pursue blogging if it is your passion.

The main way that I continue updating my blog frequently is that I post during my free time. I mentioned before in my previous blog post that I control my own schedule as a self-employed teacher. My free time is spent mainly at night when I am at the gym. I spend my most of my time writing during that time. It’s amazing because I am able to exercise and also write. I love writing. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my free time. I found that I am more creative and I have more blog post ideas when I am at the gym. Find what works best for you and stick with it!

Another important part of my routine is that I have a big goal of working for myself. Blogging has always been something that I can work on in my free time. When I was teaching two years ago, I remember that I would work on my blog in between lessons. It is and still is my favorite thing to do. I figured that if I still like it after three or more years of doing it, I should probably keep pursuing it. I was so happy to see new readers on my blog during my small breaks in between lessons. Blogging makes my day better. It is a constant reminder of my goals. If you really enjoy doing something, it will continue to be with you for the rest of your life. Blogging has been that joy for me. I wouldn’t have been able to write so many blog posts if I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. I have a friend that started their blog the same time as me. I remember that we both shared the same dream of having a successful blog. After writing about six blog posts, she stopped posting. I didn’t expect that I would be the one that is still blogging after so many years. I’m proud every day of my accomplishments as a blogger and I will continue to pursue blogging as much as I can. It will always be my priority even as a full-time teacher.

MY THOUGHTS ON BEING SELF-EMPLOYED – MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WORKING FOR MYSELF

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For many years when I was in college, I wasn’t making any money. I feel like many college students can understand my sentiment. I wasn’t the best student, but I had trouble finding my first job. I was working in the hospital as a scribe and I didn’t it at all. I was working swing shift and I was also paid at minimum wage. I didn’t complain, but the work environment didn’t allow me to have a lunch break. I was overworked and tired most of the time. I remember this time as one of the best learning lessons when I was in college. I learned that I didn’t want to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I realized that that kind of life wasn’t cut out for me and I needed to make a change for myself. For many years, my dad told me to begin teaching piano. I didn’t pursue teaching until I was almost done with college. It was tough beginning the journey of self-employment. I am going to share with you my thoughts on being self-employed and why I like it much more than working for someone else.

The most important thing that I like about being self-employed is that I am able to control my own hours. I can change my schedule, reschedule my lessons, and take vacation days whenever I want. Of course I have to let my students know ahead of time, but I can choose whenever to take a vacation day or a sick day. My schedule is entirely flexible to when I want to work. I can choose to end work early if I don’t feel well that day or I can schedule to only work four hours a day. This is the best reason why I love working for myself and I am so grateful that I am able to do so.

The next thing I like about being self-employed is that I never have to worry about being fired. I have worked in this industry long enough to where I have plenty of contacts in every platform. I don’t have to worry about losing my job because I am hired for multiple lessons per week. The amount of business I have is infinite and this is another thing that I am extremely grateful for. My job is secure because I have built multiple pipelines to keep it strong. The exception was during Covid where I had a stagnant period, but I was still able to work nonetheless.

My last thing that I enjoy about being self-employed is that I am able to have a normal life. There are so many things that I enjoy about my job, but I can only list a few. The part about having a normal life is very important to me. I recently got married about half a year ago and I wanted to be able to be with my family on the weekends. I am able to have dinner with them, wake up in the mornings with them, and I spend a large amount of time with them on the weekends. My personal life is important to me and I didn’t want my job to sacrifice that. Teaching has enhanced my life and it has made my personal life much more fulfilling. I have time to myself in the mornings and nights. Being self-employed has changed my life for the better. I am so grateful for this life.

Teacher hacks to getting more stuff done | HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME

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As I’ve mentioned before in my other blog posts, I’ve always been striving to make the most out of my time as a teacher. When I’m in lessons, I focus only on teaching. Consequently, I find that I have less time during the day to keep up with everything else. I don’t think I would be able to get quite as much done if it wasn’t for some of the tactics that I use to get more stuff done during the day.

My first trick is to schedule all of my posts ahead of time. For my real estate business, I have a program that was provided by my broker that posts for me every Thursday. I’ve found that this is the best way for me to update my business page without having to manually do it every time. I also sometimes schedule Instagram and Facebook posts for holidays. I make sure that it appears like I am always updating, but I could possibly just be napping during that time. The flexibility of my schedule allows me to decide how my work days are going to be. I enjoy this lifestyle that I have and I also like the ability to be doing other stuff while my social media is being updated. I also schedule my blog posts to post ahead of time. WordPress allows me to schedule my posts. I take full advantage of it. I highly recommend trying out this feature for yourself.

Another thing that I do to get more stuff done is to wake up early about 20 minutes ahead of time to plan my day. My real estate brokerage calls this method: morning meeting with yourself. I know that this method isn’t going to be groundbreaking for some people, but it has been greatly beneficial for me on my most busy days. Life is hectic and a lot of planning is necessary to ensure a smooth work day for myself.

This next life hack for teachers is something that I created myself. A lot of food restaurants now offer curbside pickup. I take full advantage of these when I have my breakfast or lunch. I park in curbside pickup, order on the app, and then I use the time that I am waiting for my food to respond to work messages. The little bit of time that I am utilizing to work whenever I can is crucial for me because I don’t always have a lot of free time during the week. Try downloading some food apps and see if this hack helps you save more time.

The next hack is to schedule zoom or FaceTime lessons with your students as much as possible. These lessons save me a lot of time each week. I don’t have to drive as much as compared to traveling to my students’ homes. I schedule phone calls and FaceTime conferences in between my in-person lessons. Therefore, I can teach more during the day and I can also maximize my schedule to make more from my lessons.

My last life hack is to use google calendar. When I was starting as a new teacher, I used to manually write a calendar for the week. It was helpful for me, but I eventually switched to using a digital calendar instead. I didn’t like my default apple calendar. I found that google calendar offered more options and customizations to where I can see my full work week schedule on my phone. I’ve been using it for years now ever since I switched from a paper calendar. If you want to have additional projects or side gigs, it is absolutely necessary to use a calendar to schedule your week. I am able to practice real estate and teach piano full time because I have a good calendar system. I also recommend customizing your calendar as much as possible so it is optimized for your wants and needs.

I hope this has been helpful for my fellow teacher friends. I really enjoy sharing all of my knowledge on how to become a better teacher and I am definitely going to be writing more blog posts on these topics. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog for more blog posts!

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME AS A TEACHER *THINGS I DO EVERY DAY*

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When I was a new teacher, I remember that I was insanely jealous of veteran teachers because I thought they were so much better than me. I didn’t know what I was doing. I remember teaching my first lesson and I felt so embarrassed. I had never taught a student before. The time I spent comparing myself to other teachers was not worth it. I should have been focusing on myself and improving my own teaching skills. I wish I had someone to tell me that I should have been more focused on setting up my piano studio rather than focusing on the success of others. The time I spent is something I will never get back.

As a veteran teacher, I spend less time worrying about the small stuff and I am more focused on the larger picture. For example, I use Facebook advertising to help me get new students. I rarely spend time anymore thinking about getting students. I feel like I have become better at advertising. It has lessened my worries about maintaining a full week of lessons. Therefore, I have more time to improve my lessons and focus on my students. Advertising consistently and constantly is the key to maintaining a full of list of students. I have spent $1/day for advertising and it pays itself 35x and probably more in the long run. If you are afraid of spending money in your business, try not to be. You have to invest money back into your business to keep it running long term.

Another thing that I’ve learned as a veteran teacher that has saved me a lot of time has been to pre-schedule my posts ahead of time. I record piano videos of my own playing and I schedule them to post while I’m busy teaching lessons for the day. I’ve mentioned this before in my other blog posts, but this method has saved me so much time. It has streamlined my business. I can continue being top of mind while working. It’s great! I can’t recommend this method enough.

The last piece of advice I want to discuss is how I store points and track my miles. I make sure that when I’m working, my mile tracker is working. I have to track my miles for taxes. I also make sure that when I’m buying something, I am tracking it in an app or that I am accumulating points. This method has made such a difference for me. As a teacher that has to pay everything myself, I have to make sure that I am making the most use out of my money and time.

If you are looking for more advice to becoming a better teacher, I will be posting more. You can subscribe and read more of posts on this blog!

Best ways to make money as a teacher | Tips to making steady income as a teacher

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Lately, I’ve been thinking more about how I make money as a teacher. The path to becoming a teacher has been rocky. I’ve taught lessons where I wasn’t paid. There were times when the student’s parents didn’t pay me. I felt humiliated, disliked, and more. I used to take it personally, but now as a veteran teacher, I have become accustomed to this treatment. I don’t want to brag and say that I have a lot of students so I don’t have to worry about these problems anymore. I want to help new teachers take control of their money. I hope that new teachers don’t give up in this career because of bad clients. These clients are temporary and they do not define you as a teacher.

The best advice I received as a teacher was to price my lessons correctly. I used to price my lessons less than what I should have been paid. I didn’t have any confidence in myself, so I was held back for a long time. It took almost six years for me to finally price my lessons at the price that I was worth. As long as you believe that your lessons are worth it, you should deserve to be paid at that amount. Do not be afraid of asking for more money. Think of it this way: you have to make money for yourself. The more experience you have contributes greatly to how much you should be paid. I have more than six years of teaching experience. Therefore, I was long overdue for a price increase.

Another way of making income for me is through outsourcing my lessons. I am affiliated with many teaching companies where they find students for me to teach. In the future, I’m hoping to not work so hard. Therefore, I have different stakes in other companies that help me. If you’re interested, I’m going to do more reviews of these companies so you will be able to find the right company for yourself.

Another source of income that is completely new to me is recording my lessons and selling them. I haven’t began this process yet, but I have recorded myself playing the piano many times. It takes a lot more time, but I’m hoping that I won’t have to teach as much in the future if I can just sell my lessons instead.

I hope my advice helps and it is helpful for other teachers. There are tons of advice online on how teachers make money. I’ve offered probably only 2% of the advice that is available online. Stay updated with my blog for more advice. Happy teaching!

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MUSIC TEACHER

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I always wondered when music teachers would begin vlogging or blogging about their day to day life. I finally discovered some fellow teachers on Youtube and I am beyond excited. I can’t wait for music teachers to share their lives because we have such an interesting routine. Not many people know what it is like to be a music teacher and it is finally time for the world to know! I hope that I can continue to post more blogs about my life and I really want this to inspire other music teachers in this community to continue to educate the future.

Today, I had seven lessons that I taught. I originally have eight lessons, but my eighth lesson was rescheduled. I waited in the car for a couple of minutes for the last lesson to text me, but they didn’t. It’s alright though because I am glad for the small break. I usually end my days around 7 pm, but I ended up finishing around 5 pm today. At the beginning of my days, I start teaching at around 9:30 am. It’s been a long day. The heat where I live is unbearable. I was sweating in my students’ houses. I should have brought new batteries for my tiny fan that I carry with me to lessons. Even when I have prepared as much as I can for the day, there is always something that I end up forgetting to bring. I bring a coffee with me all the time and then I won’t bring any water. As a teacher, you are always prepared to bring all of the stuff that you may need. It’s always a struggle to bring everything. My car is a mess of everything that I need to bring.

I’m ending today with this blog post. I’ll continue posting about my day to day life as a music teacher!

Teacher’s thoughts: 💭 How to be a better teacher

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My best ideas arrive when I’m in the middle of my day to day tasks. I’ve thought about what it means to be a teacher. Do teachers have an impact on their students? Throughout my educational career, I’ve noticed that there are only about one out of ten teachers that impact their students. Why is that? Are teachers just not trying enough to be a better teacher? If this is the case, then how do we become better teachers?

Recently, I’ve been trying different techniques in order to figure out the answer to this question: how do we become better teachers? I’ve written some blog posts about this question. The answer I’ve came up with is that we, as teachers, have to care about the success of our students. It means that we have to care if they succeed or not. I know that there are some days where we feel like doing the bare minimum because we’re tired or frustrated with our students. We cannot let the frustration cloud our relationships with our students. It is important to know that our students are trying to learn the material and something isn’t working for them. It is our job to figure out why. I always tell others that everyone is capable of learning. It is my job to foster the knowledge and allow my students to learn the material. I want them to succeed. And that is how I became a better teacher.

Disadvantages of working for yourself

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As I’ve been in the business of working for myself, I’ve noticed that there are still hardships that not many people realize. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of advantages, but it’s still difficult to work for yourself. And it’s especially difficult when it involves social media. Most recently, I got a bad review on my google page for my real estate page. The review wasn’t geared towards me being a terrible real estate agent, it was talking only about my “bad driving.” I was supposedly speeding through the streets and I had cut the other car off in traffic. My story was that she was going slower than the speed limit. I was merging into the lane and she sped up to not let me in. I didn’t have any other choice other than to speed up so I don’t crash into the road blockers. She didn’t care though. And I got a bad review saying that I was a terrible driver. None of this is related to my real estate skills. I already tried reporting it, but I think I have to personally call the customer service line in order to have it removed. The person lives in a neighborhood in my city that is known for bullying other people. They bully the services in their neighborhood and each other. There are no boundaries with them. I can’t say that I will join them in their behavior. I have too much work to do and there is no time that I can spend to bully other people on the internet. I only want to defend other teachers or small business owners. We are trying our best, but there are others that are willing to write a bad review for any reason that they can find. I hope that person doesn’t do that to any other business owner. I will be replying to her review with my own story because I don’t deserve to have her opinion be the only one on the internet. I work hard and I will not be bullied by this neighborhood.

Morning routine for teachers ☀️ ☕️

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Hi, good morning! I wanted to share my morning routine with my teacher friends on here and I hope it inspires some fellow teachers to be more productive in the morning. As many of you might know, I used to not be a morning person. I had to practice waking up in the morning. I’ve definitely gotten better at waking up early now. I wake up around 8:30 am-9 am.

In the morning, it takes awhile for me to wake up. I don’t always wake up right away. Instead, I got on my phone and I check my emails. I usually check my messages too in order to make sure I’m not missing anything. The most important part of my morning is looking at my google calendar. I check my calendar first thing in the morning and right before I leave the house. My calendar tells me which lessons I’m going to be teaching for the day and how to plan my day ahead. I double check because I also have to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.

After I’ve woken up, I usually shower and get dressed. I pack my bags for the day and I head out the door. Since I’m reliant on my phone and my car for work, I spend some time checking both to make sure we’re okay for the day ahead. If I have impending messages, I make sure I respond to them before I go to my first lesson. There are times when I have to text my students ahead of time before our lesson time. These messages are priority so I am sure to be prepared for it.

Another important part of my routine is making sure I have my morning coffee and a breakfast. I’m a huge stickler for breakfast because I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat first thing in the morning. I’ve found that Dunkin’ Donuts has free coffee if you download their application. I also use the McDonald’s application and the Starbucks application. A huge part of my business is making sure that I’m accumulating points. If you’re not accumulating points from your food purchases, you’re definitely missing out. For a teacher like me, these applications are crucial to have. I will be posting more about which applications are my favorite to use. 😊

After I have breakfast, I’m ready to go for the day. My working hours are long, but I enjoy my job. If you are interested in learning more about teaching, I’ve written many blog posts on here about my teaching job. I hope this is entertaining and I also hope you’ve enjoyed reading my morning routine for teachers!

How to be a good teacher

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In my life, I’ve found that there are teachers that are not great at teaching and that there were teachers that were amazing at what they do. The only difference I found between these two types of teachers was how much they cared about the success of their students. The more that you care about your students, you will become a better teachers. Too often, I’ve found teachers that only care about their salary and not about if their students are actually absorbing the material. I know that it can be difficult to care about every single student individually, but their success means that you have succeeded also. I’ve watched my students succeed and I am so proud of them.

When you’re teaching, try giving the student extra help if they need it. It only takes five minutes more of your time and it helps them tremendously in their learning. I always ask my students if there is anything that they don’t understand. Now is the time to ask me because I want to make that when they’re practicing on their own, they are able to. I don’t want them to not be able to practice their assignments because they don’t understand how to do it.

Ultimately, you have to try to be the best teacher that you are. It consists of constantly trying to make sure that your students are learning. It’s not easy, but teaching never is.

Morning coffee time for teachers ☕️ How to expand your piano studio to teach more students

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Good morning! I’ve been really enjoying this series where I talk about topics that appear in my day to day teaching. I’ve found these topics discussed in teacher forums also and I wanted to share them with my audience. I hope that other teachers will find this helpful as they start their mornings!

I expanded my studio through many ads on Facebook. Facebook has been my absolute best friend when I have to find new students. I’ve written posts about how I’m looking for new students and that I would be happy to help with anything related to the piano. My studio grew three years grow and it nearly doubled in student count. I couldn’t believe it. I was absolutely astounded at how fast it grew in one day. If I had to recommend the number one method of garnering new piano students, I would recommend utilizing Facebook. I currently use Facebook ads to run $1 ads per day. If I have one student reach out to me for lessons, the ad pays for itself for the entire month and more just from one piano lesson. It’s worth it for me because I don’t always have the time to repost my ad everywhere throughout the day. Another method in addition to Facebook is to utilize Facebook groups. Post your ads in Facebook groups in your neighborhood. Some groups have rules where they only want you to post once a month or at the beginning of each month. Be sure to follow those rules when you’re thinking about posting your ads. I’m excited to hear any other ideas you might have about marketing! Let me know what you think of my current marketing strategy and I wish you the best of luck in this field!

Morning coffee time for teachers ☕️ Talking about diversified income and how to handle two jobs

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I’ve been struggling lately with working. I’m usually very good at my jobs, but I feel like I’m overworked. It’s difficult to handle two jobs at once. Since this year began, I decided to become a real estate agent. I’ve been working on my real estate classes and I enjoy learning more about real estate. I’ve also expanded my piano lessons to more students. This year has been great for me so far, but I always feel like I am losing time. I’m constantly feeling like I’m doing enough even though I work almost ten hours each day and six days a week. I know I must be overreacting, but I feel the pressure to work more than I currently am.

I wonder how other teachers are handling their jobs right now. Are they working as hard as they can or are they content with where they are? When do I know how much I can handle each day? I know that I am pushing myself. I wish I could just be kind to myself and know that I am honestly doing the best that I can.

How to maximize your time as a piano teacher

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Over the past few years, I have finally learned how to manage my time more effectively. I’ve changed my habits in order to accomplish more tasks during the day. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in this endeavor and I am so happy to share how I maximize my time as a piano teacher.

One of the first things I’ve done is to use the business suite application in the App Store in order to schedule my posts on social media. I know that I don’t want to wake up at 7 am every day to post my social media posts. I use this app to schedule all of my posts ahead of time. I like that I can schedule them to post while I am working. It feels like I am accomplishing so much more during the day just because I planned my posts ahead of time. For holidays also, I schedule my posts ahead of time. This app is my new favorite and I can’t recommend it enough for people that own their own business. If you want to posts stories also, the app has the function to do so.

Another strategy that I’ve implemented is filming my content for social media ahead of time. Since I am always on the go, I don’t have time to sit in one place at home and film content for my social media every day. Instead, I film all of my content in one day and I post each video throughout the week. It makes it seem like I am working very hard every day without me having to exert the effort each day. I film piano videos of myself playing the piano for social media. These videos have helped me gain new piano students. I’m also planning on putting them on my piano studio website once I find the time to finish the website.

With all of these strategies, I believe that you can achieve more than you want to each day. It has changed my life and I hope that these strategies will help you as you become the best piano teacher that you can!

Teacher’s thoughts: 💭 How do you handle such a busy schedule?

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Today I was wondering about how I handle my schedule and why it’s always so busy. I use time blocking to fill my schedule. It’s definitely my favorite method of planning, but it’s not always effective. A busy schedule runs my life. I feel like I am always busy and on days like today, I am left feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

My method of handling a busy day is to just go through the day as best as I can. I made a mistake today and I forgot one of my lessons. When that happens, I feel absolutely horrible. I’m a perfectionist and making a mistake is not something I take lightly. Since my method is just to turbo through my day, I often find myself looking at the clock and wishing that I could end my day early. I love teaching, but every teacher has that feeling when they want to go home early.

I don’t know too many teachers around me and that makes me sad. I’m part of a piano teacher group on Facebook and they help to keep me sane. I love knowing that there are other teachers like me. When I found the group a couple years ago, I was constantly reading the conversation threads. My advice to all teachers is to network and find other teachers in your field. You are never alone in your problems! Seek help from people around you.

Morning coffee time for teachers ☕️

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Good morning! If you’re new to my blog, I created pocketful of learning for all teachers to improve and learn from me. I began my teaching journey many years ago and it has been one of the most rewarding journeys I’ve undertaken. Being a piano teacher has changed my life. Initially, I didn’t believe that I would become a piano teacher. As the years progressed, I learned that being a teacher is my life mission. I was born to teach and I hope that this blog helps other teachers just like myself.

In the mornings, I find myself trying to wake up. I have early wake up times. They’re not my favorite AT ALL, but I wake up nonetheless. I began waking up early because of something my sister told me once I became a real estate agent. She told me that everyone wakes up early and that I’m missing out if I wake up late. I then began my journey of becoming an early bird. Now, I wake up at 8:30 am-9 am. If I sleep in until 9:30, I feel so guilty. Who have I become? If you would have told me that I would be waking up so early a year ago, I wouldn’t be able to believe it. It’s true though. If you want to get things done, you have to wake up early. I live by this motto and I can attest that it has changed my life for the better.

Since this is a good morning blog post, I want to continue this series on my blog. Challenge yourself to wake up early in the morning! Change the way you view work. I will be making more blog posts discussing topics that I’ve been wanting to talk about. They will be related to teaching and I can’t wait to share them on here! Stay tuned for more!

What is Pocketful of Learning?

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After years of writing on this blog, I want to answer the question that drives this blog. What is pocketful of learning? My friends and family know what my blog is called, but I don’t think anyone truly knows the purpose of why I created this blog. A couple years ago, I had a dream that I would be a blogger. I dedicated many hours to creating this blog and I am still proud of how much work I’ve invested in this blog. My posts are all created by myself. I wouldn’t trade the years of blogging I’ve had for anything in the world. The entire purpose of this blog is to help other teachers and potential students achieve excellence in their learning. I want to share with teachers how to get better at teaching. I also want to encourage students to continue learning.

I believe that learning is the most important drive that we all have. We need to continue striving for excellence in learning and this field is my speciality. I have been changing my teaching techniques. I learned that teaching is a field entirely by itself. Ultimately, teaching is something that has to be consistently worked at. We always have to be striving to be better teachers. I hope that pocketful of learning has changed someone’s perspective on teaching. I will continue to teach others about the art of teaching. I truly appreciate all the support I’ve gotten and please continue to look out for more posts from me. Pocketful of learning will continue to grow and I’m excited for the future of my blog!

7 Reasons Why You Need A Piano Teacher

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I’ve been doing some research in my hopes of trying to help prospective piano students find resources that are actually helpful for them. I’ve found tons of misinformation about learning the piano that are designed to sell the student something rather than teach them how to be successful in this field. The problem area comes back to the importance of finding a good piano teacher and the reasons why you need a piano teacher to learn the piano.

Proactively, I’ve been looking at the core reasons as to why students are delayed in their learning. I’ve found countless wasted time and apps that have promised piano fluency but have fallen short of that promise. These are time wasters that have to be avoided. Learning the piano is not a short process. If you have been a long time reader of mine, you know that it takes time to learn an instrument. Don’t waste months of time on schemes that are just used to take your money. A piano teacher is the absolute best way to learn the piano.

There are many reasons why you need a piano teacher

Reason #1

You will have someone to correct your mistakes

This is probably the number one reason why I would suggest someone that is just beginning to learn the piano to have a piano teacher. A piano teacher will be watching your playing and correcting you as you go. I often have multiple corrections for a student during the lesson. My reasoning behind correcting my students is because I don’t want them to think that they are playing correctly when they’re not. Think about it like this. Would you want someone to never tell you when you make mistakes? In the future if you do fail, they would just sit back and watch. I would much rather have someone tell me when I’m doing something wrong.

Reason #2

You will have a resource to ask questions

Honestly, I would always pick having a teacher for a new skill over not having one. The reason is because I love to ask questions. If you’re a naturally curious person, you will have questions and that is completely normal. Teachers love it when their students ask questions! I wish some of my students would ask more questions. When you’re asking questions, it helps the teacher to see that you are interacting with the material and that you are putting in effort to learn the piano. I had a student that asked me tons of questions all of the time and he is now playing level 7-10 music. It pays off to ask questions so don’t be afraid to ask them.

Reason #3

You will have access to more resources such as books, videos, and lessons

Piano teachers are the masters of resources. They know which piano competitions are available or which events are happening locally in your area. Piano teachers also have knowledge of which books you should use. The list goes on and on. I would pick a teacher just because they have the knowledge and access to these resource. For me, I have access to resources that students don’t know about. I tell them all about the resources that are available and they are welcome to start using them.

Reason #4

You will be held accountable to practice

Practicing is the number one priority when you are learning the piano. I have many students that only rely on our lesson time to practice and this is incorrect. Your practice time should be triple the lesson time that you have with your teacher per week. For example, if you have 30 minutes of lessons with your teacher, you should be practicing an hour and a half on your own. Practice needs to be done on your own when you can apply the skills that you were taught. You cannot advance for long without individual practice time. Practicing is also the best part of learning the piano and I enjoy it a lot. Even though I am the teacher now, I still have my own practice time that runs about two hours per session.

Reason #5

You will be able to watch someone that plays well

“Watching and listening are irreplaceable when you’re learning”

Have you ever heard of the Suzuki method? The process involves watching a teacher do something and having the student copy. I use snippets of this method with my students. In many ways, they don’t know that I am sharing with them years of my experience. They don’t have to go through the wasted time I lost when they’re learning the piano. They have me there to guide them and that is why it’s so important to have a piano teacher. My students are also encouraged to watch other piano players. We watch them play in order to see how the technique should be utilized and to hear how the song should be played. It helps tremendously when you consider that the student is learning a great amount just from watching someone else.

I also play for my students to help them see more specifically what the technique and sound should be. When they are looking at the sheet of music, they might not be able to translate to how the song should sound like. I encourage them to go online and find recordings of the songs. They are also encouraged furthermore to listen to these recordings multiple times and not just once.

Reason #6

You don’t have to waste your time on other stuff

In the modern world, we are constantly exposed to distractions. These distractions can be incredibly problematic if it begins to delay your learning time. In the span of four months, I have expectations to where my student should be playing at. There’s no other way to avoid the actual work that needs to be put in order to learn the piano. More specifically, note reading is tedious but has to be mastered in order to play the piano. My students despise this task, but we work countless hours to master this skill. There’s no avoiding the actual work of these tedious tasks.

Reason #7

More doors will open for you

When I had a piano teacher, he introduced me to multiple opportunities where I could learn beyond just in lessons. I had the opportunity to learn how to write ballet music and I was able to join a concert band ensemble where I could play my instrument. Other examples of where I had more doors open for me was when I was in school. My music teacher introduced me to outside orchestra ensembles that I could join. I ended up auditioning for them and joining. It was such a good experience for me and I will always be grateful for the teachers that opened those doors for me.

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It’s okay to fall short of your expectations as long as you keep going

“The piano will always be there for you every time you need it to be”

Falling short of your original expectations is normal. If you’ve found that you lost time on the progress that you would have made on the piano, it’s going to be okay. Nothing is perfect and there are a lot of misinformation on the internet. I am a firm believe of hard work and diligence. If you are able to teach yourself how to play the piano adequately, then do so. However, the best results I’ve seen in my career are from students that received private lessons from a piano teacher. There are so many benefits to having a piano teacher and these are only some of the reasons why you should consider having a piano teacher to teach you how to play the piano.

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How much do piano lessons cost per hour?

The question that appears in many search engines is: how much do piano lessons cost? My goal as a piano teacher is to help debunk the myth that surrounds piano lessons and to hopefully make it more accessible for people that want to learn how to play the piano. The cost for piano lessons should not be a mystery. Each teacher values their service differently. Consequently, therefore each teacher will price their services accordingly.

How much do piano lessons cost per hour really?

I’ve heard of teachers pricing their lessons at $100/hour. This type of pricing is typical for teachers that do not want many students and are looking to teach a certain subset of piano students. Typically, however, the pricing is $1/minute of lessons. If a teacher is teaching 30 minutes of lessons, then they will try to price their lessons at $30 for 30 minutes of lessons. If a teacher is offering one hour of lessons, then they will price is at $60 for one hour of instruction. This has been the industry standard for a long time. There are some variations that have to be considered though.

Some teachers choose not to teach in their home and they prefer to travel to their students to teach. When a teacher is a traveling teacher, they will typically price their lesson prices higher. This is because traveling to your student is a better service than if the student travels to the teacher for lessons. Therefore, these teachers will typically add $5-10 to their lesson price in order to cover traveling expenses.

Another variation for pricing to consider is that some teachers will increase their prices based on how many years of teaching they have done or the credentials they’ve received. If a teacher has performed for many years and has competed in national competitions, they will increase their prices because they have more knowledge to offer than a regular music teacher. Furthermore, if a teacher has 6-10 years of teaching experience, they will increase their prices also. I have increased my prices twice. The first time I increased my prices was because I had been teaching for a certain number of years and I needed to be compensated for it. I also recently increased my price again because I reached another milestone of how many years I have been teaching. Experience is valuable. Every year of teaching, I feel like I have grown and studied more of my craft. Therefore, I have so much more to offer for my students than some teachers have. I have shortcuts and more in-depth teaching. These are all things to consider when you are looking for a piano teacher.

Piano teachers will price their lessons according to the number of years they have spent teaching

In summary

Piano teachers price their lessons to the industry standard of $1/minute. If you are looking for a piano teacher, I recommend considering why they price their lessons at the price that they currently have it at. You never know why the pricing may be higher or lower than what you have expected. Piano teachers offer a service at the end of the day. If they have more to offer, they will increase their price.

Does Twitter actually help with blogging?

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I’ve been blogging for three years now and I’ve noticed that I always get views from Twitter. I remember setting up an account a long time ago and barely posting on it. I can’t say that I’m the best blogger. I have tons of content, but I don’t promote much of it online besides just on WordPress. Twitter has been a consistent referral source for me. It amazes me that people are using that Twitter account I made a long time ago to come to my blog. I know that Twitter is highly underrated as a referral source, but it has brought a steady amount of people to my blog amazingly.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend making an account for your blog. I’m also hoping to reopen my other social media for my blogs and to promote my content on there also. I’ve been dabbling with Facebook ads and they work really well. Just paying $1/day to run an ad is very economical.

What social do you use to promote your blog content and which one has worked for you the best?

Why do you need a piano teacher?

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I get this question quite often from many prospective students as they are searching for a piano teacher. I teach the piano and I absolutely love teaching it. I also teach the double bass, but I have more piano students than double bass students in my music studio. Learning the piano is always an ongoing process. A teacher is there simply to guide the student along the correct path. If you don’t have a teacher guiding you, you’ll get lost. When you reach a song that you have no clue how to play, it’s not a surprise because you don’t have a teacher to help you!

Having a teacher is also beneficial because you have someone that will pull you along the process quicker. I know from my own experience that a teacher will make sure that you are continually making progress each week. I make sure my students know which page they are on in their books and I tell them what our progress is each week. I want them to know that they are getting better. It helps to discourage feelings that progress is slow or not occurring. We are always making progress! I make sure of it and I know that teachers love to see their students make progress also.

Having a piano teacher is a game changer because more doors will open for you. I post tons of information for my students on my business page and I’m also working on creating a blog in order to post more information for them. I have a strong list of websites and resources for my students that would be difficult for them to acquire by themselves. I make sure that I’m sharing this with them. Having me as a teacher is a benefit because I am familiar with all of the resources and I make sure that these are available to them. I also host recitals for my students to give them the opportunity to perform. It’s important for me to have my students perform. Not many piano players will get the chance to play in front of an audience in their piano career. I open that door for them. I also have access to local, state, and national competitions. My students are able to advance their playing by joining competitions and ensembles of musicians. I have access to musicianship level testing for all of my students. Having a teacher for this purpose is insurmountable.

Having a piano teacher is incredibly important. I will be posting more on what to expect from piano lessons and playing the piano. I’ve previewed the internet and I don’t see many posts on how to prepare students for piano lessons. I hope to provide more insight in this topics and to be able to share it with you in order to prepare you for a piano career. Best of luck with playing!

How many years of playing the piano do I need to become good at it?

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I get this question all the time. How many years of learning piano do you need to be able to play the song that you want? The answer, I hope, is going to be simple. I’ve been a piano teacher for many years and here is the data that I’ve collected to the best of my knowledge:

First year of learning the piano

In your first year, you will be learning the basics. I suggest that you use flash cards heavily to learn your notes. The stronger you are with note reading, the better your foundation will be. You NEED to know how to read notes. There’s no other way around it. I would also choose a method book and play through all the lessons. Your first year is the most important for setting the foundational skills that you’ll need in your next couple of years.

Second year of learning the piano

Congratulations on making it to your second year! Many students don’t make it to their second year. It’s quite an accomplishment and you should be very proud. In this year, you are advancing your skills and learning more difficult music. Stick to your lesson books and practice your foundational songs. At this point, you are moving on to the next difficult part of learning the piano and you are so close to your third year. Once you reach your third year, I believe, you’ll be able to pick up a song of your choosing and start playing.

3+ years of learning the piano

This is the year that you’ve been waiting for! At three years of learning the piano, you are ready to start choosing your own pieces to play. Make a list of songs that you want to learn how to play and watch the YouTube videos of pianists playing them. Observe their technique and pay special attention to their dynamics. The next step is to start practicing heavily and start building a routine that will match your goals. Limit your song list to two/three songs at a time that you’re working on. You are now competent in your playing where you can begin choosing your own songs.

In summary

I strongly believe that three years is the magic number for students to acquire a strong mastery of the piano. Be careful not to rush the process because learning the piano is not easy. It’s equivalent to learning another language. As you build your mastery, no one can take this skill from you because it’s yours. You’ve worked hard for this. Even if you don’t play the piano for a couple years after you’ve dedicated three or more years to learning the piano, you’ll still be able to come back and play. I tell my students all of the time that the piano will always be there for you when you need it. The knowledge will stay with your for the rest of your life. And the piano will always be waiting for you when you come back to it. I hope you enjoy playing the piano and I look forward to sharing more of my knowledge with you.

Thank you so much for following my blog

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Thank you so much for 500 followers on this blog. It has been an absolute dream of mine to be a blogger and I’ve been feeling waves of discouragement when I feel like I’m not doing well. The past couple of months has been hard for me. There were plans that I worked hard to try to come true and they didn’t work out. I felt like things that I worked so hard for are never going to happen. And I felt jealous of those who had success when I don’t. I’m sorry for feeling this way. I truly am. I don’t want to hide things from you guys. As of now, I’ve been trying to work on myself. I’ve been studying for my real estate license. I’m hopeful that things are going to be better this year. I know 2020 was hard for many people. I felt like the world was falling apart. This year, I feel hopeful.

I got married last month. I am even more happier being married to the love of my life. When life feels tough, I know I have my husband and my dog to make me happy. Oh! I have also been watching a YouTuber called Kitboga. His videos are the best. If you need a good laugh and something to brighten your day, watch his videos. And just like how all of his videos end, I want to let you all know that you are special and you are important. I hope you all have a great day.

How to be productive while you’re sick

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Hi guys 👋 You might all know, but I’m sick right now and I don’t feel well. I feel really sick. I want to lay in my bed all day. I have zero energy to do anything, but I have to work. Therefore, I am forcing myself to be productive. I only took one day off this entire time that I’ve been sick. I’m not too sure if it’s a good idea to continue working when you’re sick, but I have no other choice.

How to be productive when you’re sick?

The first thing I do is consult my google calendar on the list of appointments I have for the day. I also check my business messages and emails. I mainly center my workday around these. After I do that, I start my morning routine. I take my medicine, eat something, shower, and I open up my laptop.

The main trick I’ve been using to be productive is to just force myself to do it. If I overthink about something, I end up never doing it. I start working on the task and it ends up being easier to do than I thought it would be. I then end up getting a lot of things done. For example, I’ve been studying for my exam coming up next February. No one wants to study, but I open up my learning modules and I just start studying. Be consistent. Keep going and don’t be too herd on yourself if you aren’t productive every day.

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How to start teaching virtually?

Man, I am late on posting this. It might be because I have also been trying to figure out how to start teaching virtually. Everyone knows that the pandemic has caused a lot of teachers to switch to teaching virtually and that has caused a lot of chaos. I began teaching virtually near the beginning of this year. I am still teaching virtually now. It has been a huge transition, but after many months of practicing at it, teaching virtually has been pretty easy.

I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts about how to start teaching, but I’ve never written about how to teach virtually. It’s a new territory for me. I started teaching online through using FaceTime calls, zoom conference calls, and Facebook messenger video chat. I’ve found that FaceTime is the most reliable form of video chatting. If the student doesn’t have an iPhone, they will have to utilize other forms of video chatting. Zoom was pretty easy to set up. Facebook messenger is not as reliable for video chatting as zoom is.

For zoom, you have to set up a conference room and you have to send the invite link to your student. It could be difficult to set up if you are not tech savvy. Please make sure to set up these things before the start of your lesson. I like to set up my conference calls an hour before the start of my lesson.

I also began keeping digital copies of my books. Originally, I was buying new hard copies of my books. I decided that it would be much easier to keep a digital copy to send to my students. I didn’t have to repurchase books all of the time now. It makes it a lot easier to start my lessons too. I open up my books on my computer, pull open my lesson notes, and I open my video chat.

I’ve learned to use google calendar to manage my lessons and I also use the notes app on my phone to keep lesson notes. Lesson notes are very important. If you’re not keeping track of what you’re working on for your students, you won’t remember next week. If you have many students every week, using lesson notes will help. If you only have one or two students, you might not need to. I’ve found that with the notes app, you can invite other students to look at it too. It’s very helpful for me and I heavily rely on my lesson notes.

I don’t know if teachers will begin transitioning to teaching virtually for good. I’ve noticed that it reduces my commute time and it’s been easier for me. If you have a student that is hesitant to transition to virtual lessons, give them a couple of trial lessons for free. Let them acclimate to virtual lessons. I think they’ll like it too once they get used to it!

How to start teaching piano

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How do I start teaching piano if I am interested in being a piano teacher? It’s not as hard as you may think. If you are interested in teaching piano, I would start advertising your services in all sort of avenues. For example, I started telling people that I teach piano. Telling people is the easiest way to begin advertising. Word of mouth goes a long way. People tell other people and soon enough, a lot of people will begin noticing. I started teaching piano this way. I let people know that I am teaching and they found it easier to hire a piano teacher when they know one.

The second way I began teaching was by advertising on Facebook. I recommend posting on your Facebook wall every so often, but not overdoing it. Posting on certain Facebook garage sale pages helped a lot too. I would also post on neighborhood group pages. Make sure you follow the guidelines on these pages. During this time, the pandemic is making it less likely that people want to hire a piano teacher. That’s okay. I would still post maybe once a month and just wait. Waiting for a response to these posts goes into my next topic of discussion.

I didn’t begin having a full piano studio right away. I actually started with only one student for a long time. It took me awhile to build a good reputation. I waited for students to join my studio. It took a lot of patience and consistency. It wasn’t until I reached my fifth year of teaching that I didn’t have to advertise as much anymore. Of course now, because of the pandemic, I definitely have to advertise more often. I don’t get many leads right now. When the pandemic nears the end, however, I’m thinking that more parents will be willing to start piano lessons for their children.

The last topic I want to discuss is how to develop a good reputation. Developing a good reputation is my number one way of getting new students. When you are teaching, make sure you do a good job. I sometimes give my students extra time. I often gift my books for free. You can also make your lessons more fun. All of these are great ways to develop a good reputation. If you are known for being a great piano teacher, parents will recommend you to their friends. And you will start getting more students without advertising. Focus on being a good teacher for your students! Make this your number one priority.

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Trying something new and being sick

I recently started my own personal statement service where I edit personal statements (of course!), addendums, resumes, diversity statements, and any additional essays. I’ve always liked editing and revising. I even had my own tutoring business where I taught English and writing. It’s been great to start this new endeavor because Covid has limited my job hours by a lot. I’ve also noticed that it’s difficult to find work during Covid.

Speaking of Covid, I’m really sick right now. I feel a migraine, tiredness, cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. It’s been horrible being sick. Last night, I had a fever and it made sleeping almost impossible. It’s hard just walking to the bathroom. I have zero energy to do anything. And it feels like I have a constant headache. I think it’s just a cold. I really hope so. Stay safe out there and make sure you always wash your hands!

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Living on our own drama

I’ve been dealing with some drama of my own and I didn’t even know that it was happening until yesterday. I moved out of my parent’s house 3-4 years ago. I don’t think they’ve accepted me moving out and I think it has been brewing under the surface for a long time. I hang out at their house sometimes. They’ve recently started announcing, non-stop that I live there and my fiancé also lives there. No we don’t. We have our own place that we live in. They continued to say that we live there and they want us to clean the room. Every phone call I have with my mother, she tells me to clean the room. I don’t mind tidying up after we hang out there, but we don’t reside there! They want us to decorate the room too. I don’t want to. I don’t care what happens to the room at all because it’s not mine.

It’s gotten pretty bad. They’ve also started telling us how to clean the kitchen. The thing is… I go there just to hang out. It’s the same feeling I have when I go to my sister’s house to hang out. My sister used to live at my parent’s house. She was always told what to clean and she had to live under my parent’s rules. I moved out so I can have complete freedom from those rules. Once I heard my parents saying the rules, I had to leave. I don’t think I’m going to hang out there anymore at all. That is not my room. And that is not the place where I live anymore.

It’s frustrating to deal with parents in general. You tell them something and if they don’t like it, they give you a confused look. I don’t want to diss my parents, but the things they say make me feel uncomfortable. I want to be free. I’ve been living on my own for awhile now. I don’t want to give them the permission to treat me as a child. I think that once they see I’m not hanging out there anymore, they’ll realize that I do not live there. I really don’t like the words they use when they say we live there. It makes me super uncomfortable and I almost always just flee the room.

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What I’ve learned from blogging

I think it’s been very interesting to start a blog. I’m not a newbie to blogging because my blog has been active for almost three years now, but I feel like time hasn’t really passed for me. I feel even more tied to my blog than I have before. It’s like having an account for a long time. All of the blog posts that you’ve written are stored on here. And I’m so happy that I started blogging.

I’ve learned that blogging is hard. It’s hard in the beginning when you first start. After a couple of years, you’ll find it to be easier than before. When I heard everyone talk about how blogging is difficult, I ignored it. I thought that blogging wasn’t difficult because there were so many success stories online. The truth is that those success stories are only maybe 1% of the entire blogging community. Don’t be fooled to think that this is an overnight thing. It’s definitely not. Watch a YouTube channel and observe how much time, money, and effort is put into their videos. Try to match the effort that they are giving for their channel. And see if it’s the same. Overall, I want to leave you with one piece of advice. Love your blog. Cherish the fact that you have a platform to speak from. Enjoy the blogging process and find fulfillment from creating something for yourself. Happy blogging!

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Making my own opportunities

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been forced to go back to seeking opportunities. I never knew how difficult it would be. The world continues to change while I still feel like I’m stuck in the same place. I want to grow, but maybe I’m just seeking the unobtainable. I don’t really know what my career should be. I think I’m still searching. I’m still in my 20s and it feels like the right time to search. Searching for what, though? I don’t know. I have no clue and the best part of it is that I know my 20s will pass soon. I want to get my life together and start making a great income. I was doing completely fine teaching piano with my students and making a good income from it. Now, however, I feel like I’m sinking. And I lost a good portion of my students during this pandemic. What do I do? Do I continue to panic? I wish I knew where life is taking me. For now, I’m going to continue to try to get more students and hope for the best.