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Happy New Years Everyone!

This year has been so great for us. It has brought a lot of happiness and some new lessons. I have grown so much in this year and more than I have in the previous year. It’s amazing to look back at how my life was before, and to compare it to where it is now. I’m so thankful for everything that I have. Every day of my life, I look at my beautiful little family that I’ve made and I feel the greatest happiness in my heart. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to be with them.

The hardships this year has brought me to a new place in my life. With hardships, you will also experience new lessons. I learned that I can grown on my own. It’s okay to move away from those who are not good for you and to walk on your own instead. I wish I had done this sooner. I honestly don’t know why I was so hesitant to do this before, but it’s better late than never.

A new journey that I embarked on this year was growing my writing on medium. If you want to read my new article on medium, you can click here. I’m so surprised and extremely grateful that I have been able to grow so much on medium in such a short amount of time. Blogging has been my passion for so long. Medium feels like an extension to my writing. And I’m more happy than ever to be able to write on both platforms now.

I’ve written a lot about my journey on medium so far on here. And I’m definitely going to continue writing about my medium journey. For us bloggers, there are a lot more opportunities for us. I want to be able to share my experiences with others if they are also looking to expand their writing too. Therefore, you can read more about my thoughts on medium on this blog or you can click here to access all of my medium articles.

If you are not familiar with medium, it is a writing platform that allows writers of all levels to publish articles and to be able to make money from their writing. It doesn’t cost anything to join the program. I have found the program to be very rewarding. The money that I have earned from medium is 4-5 times as much as how much I make from word ads on WordPress.

If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about medium.

I don’t want to keep you too long on this blog post. It’s currently two hours away from the new year and I’m going to go spend it with my family. Happy new year and I hope that you have all the blessings this upcoming year!

I’ll see you in the new year!

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December 2021 Update

Hi everyone! I just wanted to stop by and say how grateful I am for this blog. Thank you to everyone for supporting me, following, and reading my content. It has been a whirlwind this month. Everything flew by so fast. I can’t describe how different this month has been than previous months. I feel like so much has changed and that I have grown more than ever in these past few months.

Medium has been a challenge to keep updated. The momentum on medium fluctuates a lot. On some days, I will have a lot of view. And on other days, I don’t have too many views. It’s okay though. I still enjoy writing and I will continue to write on the platform. My link is Medium.com/@Liachenhwang for my medium articles that I have written. If you haven’t checked out medium before, it’s a platform where you can earn money through your writing. Medium pays based on reading time. And I have only been on the platform for two months. I still consider myself a novice, but I’m learning a lot about medium each day.

Another thing that has changed is my perspective on family. I’ve been writing a lot about family since I’ve started my blog. It’s something that I struggle to handle and I still do not have a good family dynamic for myself. The family that I have created by myself with my husband, on the other hand, is great. However, the family that I was born into has not been so great. I know that they don’t support my writing or my blog, so I don’t feel especially guilty writing about this topic. It’s just something that I have to get off out of my mind. I really want to start anew and I don’t want this dark cloud in my life anymore.

Besides the family drama, I have been great. I have been working on preparing for my upcoming recital music recital this weekend. I will say that each day has been a lot better since I’ve left all of the drama behind.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you back here for more future posts!

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Update on my progress in medium

I have been working on improving my medium account for the last five days. I haven’t been on medium for very long, but I currently have 15 articles and 125 followers.

I have definitely been working very hard on medium. I didn’t import any of my old blog posts. And all of my current content on medium are new. I’m proud of my progress so far. I can’t wait to see more progress in the future.

The reason why I have been publishing so often on medium is because there is a medium partnership program. I want to join the program because it allows writers to monetize their articles. I requested to join the program yesterday. Medium says that it takes up to 3 days to hear a response back from them.

The most important part of joining the program is making sure that you meet the requirements. You need at least one article published and 100 followers. The requirements aren’t too much to ask for, but they are definitely difficult when you don’t know anybody on the platform.

I had to work very hard to get to at least 100 followers. The reason why I worked so hard is because I really want to begin monetizing my work. From what I’ve observed, many writers on medium are also looking forward to monetizing their writing.

I know that my progress so far on medium has only been a couple of days, but I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on how I’m into on the platform.

If you want to follow me, I will follow back. Make sure to let me know that you came to my medium page from my blog!

http://medium.com/@liachenhwang

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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!

If you want to follow me, I will follow back. Make sure to let me know that you came to my medium page from my blog! Click here to read more of my articles on medium.

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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!