4 Challenges Of Every Music School Owner, Actually All Small Businesses

So you know you can teach music…congratulations! It’s only the first step. Offering your services and successfully running a profitable business is a whole other problem. This is the problem most music teachers who want to grow a successful business face. It feels like a massive tangle of problems: How do I get clients? How…

How Open-Minded Are You as a Music Teacher?

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” -Frank Zappa How open-minded are you? It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t say they’re open-minded.  But in reality, it seems very few teachers are. Look at the glacial pace of change in education across the world.  Every other field is…

How To Run Your Teaching Biz Like A Badass Boss

I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too. – Steve Martin Too often, I hear music teachers say they are…

Carol’s Students Learn Faster and Have More Fun With Color

Though she had already been working with young music students, Carol found that it was often difficult to transition them from early childhood classes to learning to read and play instruments. That’s when she came across the idea of using color as learning scaffolding and The Musicolor Method Masterclass. Carol has since adapted the Musicolor…

My interview about the Musicolor Method on Tim Topham’s podcast

I was recently interviewed on the influential Creative Piano Teacher podcast with Tim Topham. Tim’s a wonderful educator who has a very active blog, podcast, and a membership site. If you’re a teacher and never heard of him, you’re in for a treat. In the interview, I discuss How and why I decided to create a method book How color…

Anne Reinvented Her Career With The Perfect Part-Time Piano School

After a long recovery from surgery, Anne was wondering if she would ever be able to have the stamina and drive to teach music again. She reconnected to her love of early childhood education, and her passion for playing, when she came across the Musicolor Method. Now, Anne has reinvented herself as a private music…

How to activate creativity, innovation and invention?

“What do you think?” When was the last time someone asked you this?  And if you answered, did you just regurgitate what you heard some other expert say about this topic? When was the last time you asked your children or your students this question? There’s a problem in that the school system of today…

Scaling Musical Mountains Of Mastery

Strategies To Teaching Children Music Without Overwhelm Teaching music to children is highly rewarding yet extremely challenging if you have never done it.  There’s so much information to cover.  Where to start?   As you progress in learning any new skill, fact or process, new vistas reveal themselves.  It’s like climbing the mountain of progress.…

51 Vital Reasons to Save Art Education

Happy National Arts in Education Week! It’s a moment to celebrate the life changing effects that the arts have on children. This is the time to shout loudly about the huge benefits that music, dance, visual art, and drama bring to our education system. For those of us immersed in learning, teaching, or simply enjoying…

What Happens When You Ask A Preschooler If They Can Do Anything

Ask a preschooler and see what happens. Imagine this scenario. You walk into a preschool classroom of three year olds and pose a series of questions to the children: “Who here knows how to dance?” Every hand shoots up. “Who here knows how to sing?” Again, every hand is in the air. “Who here knows…