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TopCast: The Official Music Teachers' Podcast

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Oct 23, 2020 43 min

TC213: Becoming the CEO Teacher with Kayse Morris

Changing your mindset can increase your teaching income tenfold. This is the story that Kayse Morris of the CEO Teacher shares with us on the podcast. Kayse is a former classroom teacher turned entrepreneur who turned her life around by selling her teaching resources. Today, she is a passionate entrepreneur eager to help teachers sell their resources in different platforms online. Transcript of the show about Becoming a CEO Teacher If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how to develop your CEO teacher mindset: [02:58] Kayse’s experience of being a classroom teacher to teacher of teachers. [06:08] The story of Kayse’s first online sale. [07:05] How being an online business owner has changed her family life. [09:08] How selling online products has helped and impacted her personally. [10:43] Starting her business selling online products while teaching. [11:44] Kayse shares the growth of her sales online. [12:44] Using marketing to grow her business. [13:33] Starting a YouTube channel that drives people to her business. [14:22] The catalyst for starting a business that helps teachers sell online. [16:02] Kayse talks about mindset on money and charging for your work. [19:00] The issue of imposter syndrome on teachers. [21:27] Kayse tells us about the CEO Teacher resources, her podcast, and her course. [24:44] Kayse and Tim talk about their teams that help in their business. [26:38] Traits of the CEO Teacher Mindset. [28:54] Talking about the closed door mentality of teaching in America. [30:05] The best marketing she has done for bring people into her websites and programs. [32:18] Investing in her own professional development and reframing the financial investments in her mind. [34:00] The people she follows in the courses she has done. [36:37] Using Instagram to connect with her audience and convert sales. [39:31] Kayse shares how she uses Facebook ads. [41:11] The business map of secrets for teachers wanting to make selling a part of their income. Links Mentioned Kayse Morris Website The Business Map of Secrets About our Guest Kayse is a teacher, online business owner, boy mama, wife, and Peloton fanatic. She helps educators leave a legacy online by building a sustainable teacher business to impact more students, teachers, and parents worldwide and to live the life they love. She supports teacherpreneurs as they start, grow, and scale their businesses through The CEO Teacher Podcast, The Make Your Mark Membership, and The CEO Teacher Academy. Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes,
Oct 16, 2020 30 min

TC212: Is Tonaly the Ultimate App for Chord Progressions?

With Tonaly app, our latest favourite theory/composition tool, we found a better way to teach and have fun using chord progressions in music lessons. (Ever had trouble explaining and using the circle of fifths easily with students? Us, too!) Christian Hengst, the Tonaly app developer and a bass player himself, joins us on the podcast to talk about the app’s unique features. He goes into what this app can do for your chord-challenged players, to get them motivated about progressions, keys, and modes, and also explores what bugged him in the first place about the circle of fifths, causing him to develop this elegant, interactive app! Tonaly app also completely aligns with the 4-Chord Composing Framework, a creative lesson plan for teaching chords. If you’re interested in using it for your teaching, we’re giving away free app codes to 20 lucky individuals on this podcast. So, stay tuned! Transcript of the show about the Tonaly app If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how the Tonaly app works [04:14] Christian tells us about his musical background. [08:44] The story behind developing the Tonaly App. [11:17] Getting inputs from the community to add features to the app. [13:42] Common users of Tonaly. [17:06] Tonaly is only built for iOs, not (yet) for Android. [18:03] Tim demonstrates how to use the Tonaly App on his iPad. [18:50] Christian tells us about one of the coolest features of the app and how it works. [20:25] Tim walks us through his favourite features. [23:59] How affordable is the app? Links Mentioned about Tonaly app Download the Tonaly App Tonaly Website TopMusic.co YouTube Channel TopMusic.co Instagram Show Sponsor About our Guest Christian Hengst is an app developer and bass player based in Germany. He created one of the best-designed and best-looking chord playing apps called Tonaly. Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. With Tonaly app, our latest favourite theory/composition tool, we found a better way to teach and have fun using chord progressions in music lessons.
Oct 09, 2020 46 min

TC211: The 3-step strategy to successful 30 minute piano lessons with Julie Duda

Learn how to plan 30 minute piano lessons that are excellent but also seriously fun! Give your students the inspiration and motivation they need, which will also improve retention in your studio. In our conversation, Julie Duda unpacks her three-point strategy to keep students engaged in lessons both in-person and online. Julie also talks about the resources she created to streamline and fit creative activities into 30 minute length piano lessons. Find them here in Julie’s store here on TopMusicMarketplace. Transcript of the show about creative 30 minute piano lessons If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn Julie’s three strategies for fitting creativity into 30 minute piano lessons: [03:28] Julie’s transition from classroom to piano teaching. [07:04] She tells us about her current studio. [11:50] She shares her 3-step strategy for creative 30 minute piano lessons. [13:48] Using games to teach students from multiple levels. [17:15] Applying her strategy to online lessons. [18:30] Julie shows us her lesson folder. [19:11] Using stickers for more than just fun [19:46] Utilising Tonara to help keep track of student activities. [20:44] How she conducts better 30 minute piano lessons. [21:45] Ending her lessons with a system and games like Taco Tuesday. [23:41] Find the perfect students for your studio. [26:30] How to save time in lessons. [28:03] The formula for successful lessons. [31:06] Working with advancing students. [32:14] Her process of cleaning her studio. [34:08] Incorporating kids’ love of sports in lessons. [38:20] Offering Apple Studio field trips to her students. [40:01] Activities she does for student retention. [41:46] Things that have really had an impact on your ability to get where she is now. Links Mentioned Julie Duda Music Studio shop on TopMusicMarketplace Find all of Julie’s games, online lesson props, and printable sticky notes. Julie Duda Music Studio Website Julie Duda Instagram About our Guest Julie Duda is a piano studio owner and creator of innovative resources and games for music teachers. Her studio is well known for personalized, organized and creative piano instruction. Her studio and innovative teaching practices have been highlighted on Wendy Stevens’ blog, Upbeat Piano Teachers and Tonara Studio. Her studio website features over 60 digital resources for music teachers with the best available now on The TopMusicMarketplace. Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of ...
Oct 02, 2020 52 min

TC210: Daniel Patterson on why studio marketing matters at any stage

In this episode, you’ll learn how studio marketing tips can help your studio quality at any stage, even if your spots are already all filled. Daniel Patterson, one of the top thinkers about music studio marketing, joins us talk about better marketing tips for music teachers. His focus is on understanding the mindset and needs customers. You’ll learn to reframe how you talk about your lessons program in ways that families really value. Then, keep listening to discover the real reasons families inquire for lessons but don’t complete signups, or why they might join your studio but not support the activities you offer, and drop out quickly. The secret about retention and enrollment might not actually be about your teaching at all. Instead look at the way you’re communicating value to student families about your studio offerings. Transcript of the show about studio marketing If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how to genuinely connect with piano parents and families in your studio marketing: [02:17] What’s keeping Daniel busy at the moment and the current services he’s offering. [03:24] The reason he created this presentation. [06:22] Why do you need marketing even if you’re already happy with your studio and students? [08:36] Freebies from Daniel [9:42] The 5 questions you need to ask about marketing. [12:12] Daniel’s goals for you at the end of the presentation. [13:56] Reasons why students aren’t sticking to our studios and how we can solve this issue. [15:17] What is marketing? [30:03] Why you need to market? [40:00] When should someone market? [41:11] Where should you market? [43:45] How can you market effectively? [50:10] Wrap up. Links Mentioned GrowYourMusicStudio.com/Tim About our Guest Daniel Patterson is a classically trained pianist, author, educator, blogger, and marketing consultant. He is the founder and owner of GrowYourMusicStudio.com. Since 2016, he has helped over 350 studio owners grow their music studios, hire and train staff, and develop better systems for education and retention. Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. In this episode, you’ll learn how studio marketing tips can help your studio quality at any stage, even if your spots are already all filled. Daniel Patterson, one of the top thinkers about music studio marketing, joins us talk about better marketing tips for music teachers. His focus is on understanding the mindset and needs customers. You’ll learn to reframe how you talk about your lessons program in ways that families really value. Then,
Sep 25, 2020 56 min

TC209: Christopher Oill teaches Tim composing *LIVE*

In this episode, you’ll learn a functional framework on how to teach composing with your students, including a free printable handout to walk you through the creative process. Our good friend Christopher Oill joins us to teach composing using his unique five-step compositional process. And, in this show, he runs me through the whole process LIVE. No practice, no preparations – he teaches me how to compose on the spot. Chris discusses and outlines his process step-by-step and gives you practical tips to implement in your creative teaching today. Transcript of the Show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how to teach composing: [03:08] Christopher tells us about his piano education and current studio. [03:46] What is the 5 Step Compositional Process? [05:17] How the process works for online lessons. [05:55] Tips on what teachers can do while listening to the podcast. [06:37] The overall view of the process. [08:23] Step One: Think [11:20] Chris and Tim come up with a composing idea. [13:02] Step Two: Outline [18:07] Step Three: Research [28:28] The process of creating melodies. [33:43] Step Four: Sketch [40:08] Tips for reviewing compositions of students. [42:12] Step 5: Shape [47:40] Using this process for kids. [49:08] Do students need to notate their music? [50:52] Christopher tells us about his 2 Newly released publications. Links Mentioned Sink the Lighthouse YouTube Video Oill Piano Universe Website Oill Piano Universe YouTube Channel Today’s Freebies on how to teach composing Below, find a free fillable template very graciously written by Christopher Oill, walking you all the way through composing in five thought-provoking steps. And listen to audio of two pieces Chris & Tim worked on: 🎹 Sailing 🎹 Basketball TopMusicPro members will find the sheet music to these two pieces free — see member library resources. About our Guest Christopher Oill is an exclusive composer for FJH Music Company, a proud owner of the Oill Piano Studio and a concert pianist. In all of his teaching, performing and composing, he pushes the limits of innovation and creativity keeping the world of piano pedagogy fresh, inviting and exciting. Today’s Sponsor Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly,
Sep 18, 2020 56 min

TC208: Amy Jorgensen’s pivot to a total Virtual Piano Academy

In true entrepreneurial form, when life handed Amy a change of plans with career, she catapulted forward to open a dream venture: a virtual piano academy. Amy Bastow Jorgensen joins us on the TopCast today to talk all about her new startup platform where she’s serving students online with remarkable results, all while freeing up her time from the typical 4-9 pm late teaching hours schedule. Amy started out as a composer and in-person piano teacher before venturing out into the world of online teaching. If you’re curious about more flexibility with teaching 1:1 lessons, and how to present material in ways students naturally learn best, you’ll be surprised at what Amy has found. Related: Eps. 192 The Flute Coach’s non-teaching dream studio details Christie Gallen’s online lessons academy Transcript of the Show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll explore Amy’s virtual piano academy [03:46] The composing work Amy was doing before. [04:45] Working as a teacher and composer at the same time. [06:51] Helping others become composers through her community, Composerfy. [11:20] Her experience in embarking on a new career outside music. [20:32] Coming back to her career in piano and music and exploring how she could teach in a COVID world. [23:20] Exploring her options in teaching lessons online. [28:03] A peek at the lessons she conducts at Virtual Piano Academy. [32:08] How the Virtual Piano Academy platform works for students. [36:40] Working on her website on her own. [38:31] Amy tells us more about Tutorial Scores. [40:24] Her current approach and how it works with adults and younger students. [42:11] What she’s doing to market her academy. [44:33] Challenges she has faced in her business. [47:34] Her advice for teachers who want to build their own business like Amy’s. [49:51] The scalability of her business model. [51:52] Awesome offers from Amy Links Mentioned Referral bonus program for teachers: Get $99 referral credit for students you refer to Amy’s Virtual Piano Academy. Details: www.virtualpianoacademy.co/pages/referral-program Composerfy Website About our Guest Amy Jorgensen, née Amy Bastow, is an award-winning composer, classically-trained pianist and music educator. Amy’s composition work with James Cameron has earned her an Australian Academy Award Nomination. She recently founded Virtual Piano Academy in 2020. It’s an innovative platform that transforms the way students learn music. Today’s Sponsor Get 10% off your first TopMusicMarketplace purchase. Use code: PODLAUNCH10 Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Fa...
Sep 11, 2020 41 min

TC207: Rote Teaching Queen Paula Dreyer on Composition

Our dear friend Paula Dreyer joins us on the TopCast to talk about rote teaching and composition today. You’ll explore how you can use rote music with your own students to inspire composition and go way beyond boring reading-only methods with piano students. This rote and reading approach is especially well suited for beginning students and older students. Paula Dreyer’s Little Gems for Piano book series features brilliantly levelled rote pieces perfect for lessons or recitals. She also recently launched the Piano Flow Summer Intensive course for teachers, and her original solo piano album called Central Star, coming out in Fall 2020. Transcript of the Show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. Related: TopMusic Sheets is our monthly digital sheet music book, available to all TopMusicPro members! Paula’s duet book (TMS vol5) will be available through September 30, 2020. Check out our membership options here.Watch Paula and Tim demo Paula’s duet compositions from TopMusicSheets vol.5 : In this episode, you’ll learn about rote learning with composition with Paula: [04:04] A peek at her current studio and projects. [07:35] Paula talks about her new Central Star album. [08:18] What is rote teaching? [09:08] The story behind her Little Gems books of rote & reading pieces. [11:35] Her background in music training. [17:42] About her teaching studio [19:24] The reason she decided to self-publish Little Gems for Piano. [28:22] Biggest advantage for teachers in adding rote music for beginner students. [30:37] The connection between reading and rote music. [31:31] Advice to teachers in using rote for beginner lessons. [34:11] Hardest thing about her journey on creating her books. [35:41] Paula talks about her feature on TopMusicSheets for the month of September 2020. Promo & Links Mentioned Special offer on Paula Dreyer’s compositions at her site: Use coupon code SAVE15 for 15% off on one-time downloads. (This offer is good for digital sheet music only, marked one-time use. It excludes studio-licensed digital books.) Get 10% off your first TopMusicMarketplace purchase. Use code: PODLAUNCH10 Piano Flow Group Intensive About our Guest on rote composition Paula Dreyer is a pianist, educator and composer making music in a unique style that draws upon influences of classical, Spanish, film and improvisational music. She seeks to inspire, include and connect individuals through her globally successful Little Gems for Piano Educational Series. She recently debuted her original solo piano album, Central Star. Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on Apple Podcasts or on my Facebook pag...
Sep 04, 2020 27 min

TC206: Introducing the TopMusicMarketplace

On today’s episode, I’m formally introducing the launch of the TopMusicMarketplace! We built this market platform to connect music teachers who’ve created curriculums, methods, camps, and other offerings with studio owners and students in search of better learning experiences. We’ll investigate why there is a need for a centralized marketplace just for music teachers. We’ll help you: Explore the TopMusicMarketplace offerings Learn 10+ benefits about the market if you’re a seller Hear time-saving benefits from studio owners’ points of view Find out how to feature your own items as a seller Additionally, I’ve brought along a few of our 40+ sellers onto the show to quickly chat about what they’re offering and to give you an idea of what’s available. AND we’ll be giving everyone 10% off their first purchase on the marketplace. Transcript of the Show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode introducing TopMusicMarketplace, you’ll learn about: Why build a marketplace & my thought process behind wanting to create it How TopMusicMarketplace aims to benefit music teachers and content creators What I see for the future of the platform Saying goodbye to the closed-door model of teaching Helping content creators get found Making online marketing solutions Helping these teachers & authors avoid launch failure Offering creators a curated, established audience 11 benefits for music teacher-creators taking their product to market and 10 benefits for music teachers searching for solutions for their own studios You’ll also meet featured sellers: Jennifer Foxx, Natalie Weber, Grant Arnold, Rosemarie Penner, and Lynda Irvine. Promo & Links Mentioned Get 10% off your first marketplace purchase. Use code PODLAUNCH10 https://topmusicmarketplace.com/ Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on Apple Podcasts or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. On today’s episode, I’m formally introducing the launch of the TopMusicMarketplace! We built this market platform to connect music teachers who’ve created curriculums, methods, camps, and other offerings with studio owners and students in search of better learning experiences. We’ll investigate why there is a need for a centralized marketplace just for music teachers. We’ll help you: Explore the TopMusicMarketplace offerings
Aug 28, 2020 37 min

TC205: [Case Study] Growing Your First 30 Students in 6 Months

Mary created a full studio in under six months. Hear how she did it! You’ll learn about growing your students and finding extra time for creative work in this episode. Mary Chalaby joined Tim on the show to discuss how she achieved significant growth in her Brisbane studio within the first 6 months of establishing it. She also tells us how joining Piano Pivot Live and TopMusicPro has helped boost her confidence in running the business from the start, helping her find encouragement and space to create. In this conversation we’ll find out how she managed to make her business thrive and grow from zero to 30 students in record time, even during a pandemic! Promo Mentioned Piano Pivot Live virtual tickets are now available on a very special offer for 50% off, giving you six months access to the full HD conference recordings with all the speakers and conference handouts. You’ll enjoy on-demand access to our virtual PPL lounge through Jan 23, 2021. Enter special offer code PIVOT50 for $64.50US promo rate ($129 retail value) at PianoPivotLive.com Transcript of the Show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll get tips on growing your students: [02:12] A quick introduction on Mary and her musical background. [04:25] Mary shares her great first lesson experience. [06:29] The story behind her video performances of playing beautiful hymns and musical arrangements. [08:44] Her teaching background and how she started her business. [09:39] The catalyst for starting her own music studio. [11:34] The evolution of her business since she started in January 2020. [13:02] Mary tells us more about her experience at the Piano Pivot Live Conference. [14:01] How she uses the TopMusicPro membership for personal and business development. [18:01] Creating her own curriculum for teaching her students. [19:04] The benefits that Mary has gained since joining TopMusicPro. [20:02] Her view on Joining subscriptions and justifying the costs that come with it. [21:32] Improvements in her studio since attending Piano Pivot Live and joining TopMusicPro. [24:01] Mary’s goals for her studio. [25:02] The process of rebranding her studio. [26:27] Her progress and plans on creating her own curriculum. [28:42] Mary shares her future plans for expanding and growing her studio. [30:00] The biggest scare she had after starting her business. [30:38] AHA moments she has had in the last 8 months that have made a big difference in her studio. [33:08] Advice for teachers who are thinking about joining TopMusicPro. About our Guest Mary Chalaby is a pianist, teacher, music arranger and event manager. She has a passion for sharing her love of creative and high-quality music-making with her community, both through teaching and performing. Her studio, Koala Keys Music School, is located in Brisbane, Australia. Links Mentioned Explore TopMusicPro Access the PianoPivotLive conference (on-demand) Mary Chalaby Music Facebook Koala Keys Music School Facebook Thank you for tuning in to learn about growing your students! In conclusion,
Aug 21, 2020 32 min

TC204: Embracing Special Needs Teaching with Selena Pistoresi

In today’s episode, Selena Pistoresi joins us to talk about special needs teaching from the viewpoint of respecting neurodiversity and presuming the competence of students. Selena will share practical, ready-to-implement strategies you can adopt to confidently teach your neurodiverse students in a way that acknowledges their gifts. Selena is a studio owner and piano teacher who has devoted her time and passion to teaching piano to students with special needs. She has vast experience in this specialization and generously shares her tips, experience, and knowledge in this conversation. Apart from teaching students, she also helps equip teachers with mindset tools and curriculum to teach students with special needs and to help their studios flourish. Transcript of the Show about Special Needs Teaching If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn success tips for special needs teaching: [03:30] Selena shares how she came to specialize in teaching students with special needs. [05:37] A peek at what her studio looks like now. [06:50] The definition of special needs. [08:12] The most common special need seen in her current students. [09:35] The idea of talking to people or parents about terminologies. [10:18] Most challenging things about teaching special needs students. [12:27] Enjoyable and amazing parts of working with special needs students. [14:08] Talking to parents about diagnoses – is it necessary? [14:57] First step to building a strong teaching foundation and relationship with a special needs student. [15:43] Considerations on the physical environment of your studio to accommodate students. [17:02] The importance of providing structure in lessons. [17:56] Do games work in the same way on students with special needs? [19:45] Why it’s not recommended to use methods. [21:28] The impact of COVID-19 on her teaching. [22:39] The involvement of parents in teaching students online. [23:14] Other tips for teachers moving online with their students [25:36] Key topics that will be covered in our upcoming webinar about teaching students with special needs on August 24, 2020. [27:47] Final tips and thoughts from Selena. Links Mentioned Notable Piano Website Webinar: Teaching Piano to Students with Special Needs About our Guest Selena Pistoresi has been a piano teacher for over a decade. She owns Notable, a studio in San Francisco, California, where she specializes in working with students with special needs. She equips teachers all over the world with the mindset tools and curriculum to teach students with special needs and to help their studios flourish. Free Download Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly,
TopCast: The Official Music Teachers' Podcast
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