Creative Piano Professional

Here at Creative.Piano.Professional anything style, pedagogy, pianos, piano teaching, piano studios, business, music, and music technology is up for discussion.

It’s the place to come to for information, have a discussion and to ask questions. Ever felt like you wanted more information on a particular technique but didn’t want to ask? This the place for you. Ever needed new ideas for repertoire? I’m are your kinda person!

Just want some fresh, honest and down to earth discussion about what is really happening in music studios? Creative.Piano.Professional is for you.

Practice. It’s a minefield.

So. A parent calls you about one of your students. They are struggling to get said-student to practice. Should they continue? Should they stop lessons all together? What is the magic solution? Here are a few of my tips for answering this often asked question: Is...

Stress Free Concert Organising!

This past month we have been preparing for our Annual Concert. There is a great deal of preparation and thought that goes into organising each of these concerts. Each year at Novar Music, we host two large concerts in addition to the other performance opportunities...

Observing Others Teach

  Today I have been observing lessons taught by one of the teachers I work with. She is a kind teacher; young, qualified and enthusiastic. One of the lessons she taught was to a complete beginner. He was a nine year old who was very excited to commence lessons. The...

The Learning Environment: The Piano Studio.

What's in a studio? Have you set up your own piano studio? If you are looking to set up a studio, what might you need? I teach in several locations. Some I have more control over the environment than others. In my home studio I like to make the music room warm and...

Creating a Simple Business Plan

  Do you have a business plan for your studio? Even something simple that articulates the core values and vision of your business and how you plan to make it happen is very helpful in giving you direction. It can be simple or you can create a detailed picture but most...

Those With Whom I Work

I have had many moments in recent months to pause and reflect with gratitude on the team of people I work with in my studio. Reflecting on their professionalism, the way they step up whenever the need arises, the fabulous educators they are and the way they become...

Christmas At My House

How do you use your piano skills at Christmas time? Several years ago I thought about starting an annual carols night at our home to invite friends and family to sit around the piano and share a night of carols together. This started fairly small and was open to...

Developing a Studio Policy

When a new student looks to you for lessons, it is very helpful to have some basic information to be able to give them to read. Having a clear and consistent policy to communicate is also much more professional. Over time I have developed, in conjunction with my...

The Business of Teaching

Recently, a musician friend was commenting on a great new student they had, saying "It's so much fun, it doesn't feel like work! I would do it for free". She was implying that she shouldn't be paid for these lessons she was giving! But she is in the business of...

Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference July 2015

In just two weeks I am heading to the wonderful Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne. This is the third time I have attended this conference and I am really looking forward to learning, meeting new people and seeing friends. This year for the first time...

Building a Multi-Teacher Studio

Recently Tim Topham and I had a chat about a whole variety of things, mostly we were supposed to be talking about business! But with Tim it would have been very easy for us to chat for a few hours about lots of different things. Building a multi-teacher studio is an...

1 Music Box, 2 Cities and 9 Days: The Music Box Adventure

  A few weeks ago I was have a wonderful time in Melbourne. Then I came home 3 days before the new school year started and that was...... a little bit hectic. Now that I have found my feet in the new school year I've had a little bit of time to reflect on my travels...

Joining Your Music Teachers’ Association

Are you a member of your local Music Teachers' Association? I'll let you in on a little secret, I had never been in a Music Teachers' Association until recently. The biggest reason for this is that I didn't come to music teaching in the traditional sense of a Music...

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