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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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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!