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…

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…

Brett is Teaching Full Time After Doubling His Roster

While he started teaching music to make some extra cash, Brett quickly realized that he had a knack for connecting with students. The only problem? Getting enough students to pay him for regular lessons to quit his extra part-time jobs. Within three months of going through The Musicolor Method Masterclass and being coached by Andrew,…

Pictogram: How to get more music students?

I was inspired by a conversation I had last week with a music teacher I’m coaching.  We discussed ideas for marketing and I began spouting ideas off the top of my head.  As an E, for extroverted thinker  (Myers Briggs scale)  this happens a lot.  I don’t even know what I’m thinking until it’s coming out of my…

How To Know If Your Child’s Music Lessons Are Backwards?

The Joy of Music One of the best parts of my job as a music teacher is witnessing the pure joy that music can bring.  Here’s one of my young students who started her first lesson with me at the end of June.  We had a few lessons over the summer and then a break. …

How To Teach Music in The New Attention Economy

The Information Economy? People sometimes say that we are living in the “information economy.”  I think that is only partially true.  Instead, I believe we are living in the attention economy.  Think about it.  There is nothing more precious than our attention — not time, money, or material possessions –and everyone wants a piece of…

What Miss Shelly Discovered In A Nightmare Piano Lesson

Shelly took a deep breath.   Her lesson wasn’t going the way she thought it would.  A fun and simple song had turned into a struggle of multiple problems- technique, rhythm and simply playing the right sequence of notes.  She had to catch herself as she was becoming visibly flustered.   “Did I do something…

Infographic: How To Teach Music Effectively, Simply & With More Fun!

So, it’s summer and you are probably taking a much needed break from your busy teaching schedule.  It’s actually the perfect time to upgrade your skills, thinking and mindset.  So with that in mind, here’s a handy infographic:  How to teach music effectively, simply and with more fun!  Or is it mo’ fun? I actually…

How to Combat Imposter Syndrome For Crazy Good Recitals

Beware Of The Fraud Police  Did you ever have the feeling that even though you are achieving your goals, perhaps you have gone further than you should have?  That at some moment in the very near future you are going to be found out?  That the “fraud police” would come knocking and expose you for…