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Lessons from Dan: (This monthly lesson contains 7 parts)
Assigned: 2/3/2016 3:43:36 PM
Next DUE DATE March 7th.
-----------Jennifer - February 6th Lesson-----------

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Next DUE DATE MARCH 7th. Pay extra attention to using the 3rds and flat 3rds now on the compression. This is a very important skill so be careful. Feel free to send me another tune of your choice and play it with the tune breakdown I talk about. Lots of material on this lesson so be sure to fully understand the new direction we take on some of it. Watch my INTRO comments highlighting all the little fixes you need to address and try to work them in. If you have questions let me know. Keep up the good work Jennifer, you are sounding great!
-----------REN1g - 2 note melodic "short reads"-----------

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2 note melodic reading built in "short reads" will help your overall reading. 2 releasing to a single note be sure to keep eyes looking ahead and watch top note of reading to define the melodic contour.
-----------pan6 - Maj7 Base Patterns-----------

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Major7th PATTERNS observe the BASE PATTERNS here and be sure to effectively control them in ALL KEYS. RH soloing against this adjust to set a challenge. Remember the primary focus here is the PATTERNS. Master one set first before moving to the next one.
-----------Danvid224 - Sweet Lorraine Dan Delaney Jazz Trio-----------

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Sweet Lorraine Here is a copy of a recording taken from a live JAZZ CONCERT featuring my trio playing this old time classic. Roger Shew-bass and Sinclair Lott-drums. 9ft Yamaha Concert Grand provided by Keyboard Concepts of Orange County. Audio captured by EARTHWORKS professional Microphone System
-----------T90c - Tune SAMPLER with 3rds on compression-----------

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Here is a TUNE SAMPLER of 4 popular tunes that we will demonstrate how to apply the 3rd of each chord in the RIGHT HAND on the COMPRESSION (with the shell) This breakdown of tunes is a good way to see this skill delivered in many situations. I encourage you to take tunes of your own and try this for 4-8 bars and develop this important foundation level. All the advanced harmony and other skills learned will stem from this structured level of application .
-----------B2wk5b - Understanding SLASH CHORDS-----------

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Here we look closely at the SLASH CHORDS and how they function. This piece of music is a sampling of what you may see out there and you need to understand just how important it is to have the BASS note indicated after the / placed in the LEFT HAND.
-----------B2wk6c - Diatonic Patterns 4 Chord set ups with free form and textures-----------

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Diatonic Patterns applied against 4 chord systems that you should repeat over and over to create a great workplace for creative playing. Start with single note FREE FORM then work into 2 NOTE TEXTURES.
-----------cp1a - 3rds applied on COMPRESSION-----------

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-----------cp1c - b3rd applied on COMPRESSION-----------

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b3rd apply now on the compression. Here you get a chance to apply the b3rd in all keys against Min7 shown in exercise. It is most important to understand what chord types b3rd works on. Minor, Minor7, Minor6, Diminished7, Min7b5. More importantly apply the correct 3rd or b3rd in tunes using the ON COMPRESSION (with the SHELL) skill.
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Lessons from Dan: (This monthly lesson contains 8 parts)
Assigned: 2/3/2016 4:30:35 AM
Next DUE DATE February 15th.
-----------Jim February 1st - February 1st Lesson-----------

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Next DUE DATE February 15th. Be sure to keep transcribing daily and listening. Be sure to always be dividing your transcribing time into the 3 parts equally. Transcribe, play back focusing on articulation of your attack and play specific licks all keys and apply to various chord types. This new lesson hosts a lot of very important additions so be careful as you apply yourself here and watch the videos to pick up things that could get by you the first time around. Good luck Jim. Enjoy the lesson and keep up the good work!
-----------imp9h - GIANT STEPS 9-1 and MELODIC TEXTURES-----------

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9-1 and MELODIC TEXTURES applied to GIANT STEPS. This exercise will shed light on a very powerful display of color added to your improvised line. It is through seeing these 2 note melodic textures that you develop a strong sense of being able to see the key center for each and every chord. Be sure to be always viewing NARROW and WIDE selections in your 2 note TEXTURE choices. Also observe the 251 progressions throughout GIANT STEPS which brings us back home to a very important exercise. The 251 progression ALL KEYS should be practiced not only with this technique but with all techniques.
-----------SCA7 - 3 against 1 12 and 45 FINGERING on MAJOR SCALES-----------

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3 against 1 with the 12 and 45 FINGERINGS applied to MAJOR SCALES. This very effective skill will hold enormous benefits within your playing. Be sure you switch the 3-1 around putting the 3 in LH too. When playing the 12 fingering we will go both direction up and back to end of the piano. YOU MUST be able to see 4 notes to effectively be able to turn with both hands going into the piano. When playing the 45 fingering go to the end of the piano and whichever hand runs out first you stop. Keep tempo very slow and manageable as you make this part of your everyday practice ritual. Remember this is a very unique skill not often seen. I was fortunate to have studied this extensively from one of the last students of the great Lennie Tristano who uses this technique in his teachings. So hold great value knowing you are one of very few that will know this scale technique.
-----------td141e - 4ths and uppers ROOT and 3rd on 2516 Line Development-----------

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4th and uppers using the ROOT and 3rd as positions. Create improvised lines through the 2516 progression. 4 beats per bar and try to grab a harmony when you see them in your musical path. This organized approach will have you fully understand the 4th voicings and upper structure triads and be able to see them in actual playing. I have found it best to focus on CHORD TONE positioning at first as a way to break down this skill and musically apply yourself.
-----------t33kk - My Romance with chord release -----------

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My Romance using the chord release. Start by viewing the linear single note line to set control with then attach textures or chords to this line source. The possibilities are endless. Keep ideas simple and then work deeper as you feel in control of this skill. Try to have your ears guide your line around placing emphasis in the top note improvisational tone. By adding chordal support within any improvisational line one can find comfort in a settled place. I have always said that the chords provide a warmth of tones that can sit amidst a solo adding a contrast to the straight linear lines and harmony. This skill is essentially improvising over the tune adding harmonic support.
-----------td56a - Maj7 Voicings focus on VOICE LEADING-----------

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Maj7 voicings all groups now we place emphasis on voice leading the top note as we build chord lines in our left hand. When playing these kind of voicings especially where many are ROOTLESS you somewhat rely on either yourself playing the root somewhere or have a bass player. The purpose to have so many groups and positions is that they will fit very well together providing tight close chords or wider spread out ones. This chord skill was a creation of the great Lennie Tristano out of New York and I was privileged to have studied these in depth in my earlier years of training. Not many people in the world know of this valuable chord playing technique. It truly portrays the many options one can find on Maj7 Chords voicings for the LEFT HAND.
-----------danvid33b - My Romance Dan Delaney Trio performed in California-----------

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My Romance performed in California with Roger Shew on bass and Sinclair Lott drums. Piano is a 9 ft Yamaha Concert Grand. Audio was captured using the EARTHWORKS professional Microphone System. I personally captured all the video as well and did all the editing. This Jazz Trio is the trio I use when performing in California. The musical connection is extra special. My suggestion is to try to listen to as many ARTISTS as you can play this tune and enjoy their musical interpretation of this popular Jazz standard - My Romance.
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THE MUSIC TEACHER

 

A comprehensive Handbook every teacher

must have and every student would love to see

 

CLOSING REMARKS:

It is with great pleasure to be able to bring this book forward. It happens to be a real life reflection of my 45 years as a Music Teacher and Performer.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reliving every moment that I possibly can recall and I sincerely hope that those who will choose to take the time to go through my book will find the value of ones life experiences we can all learn from.

 

This book is written as a handbook, a source of information for Music Teachers.  It’s not a Book highlighting chords, improvisation and playing skills but a book to help give you some tools to maximize your potential in the music business. I will not say that I have all the answers here. I can only share my real life experiences and how it effected me and how I learned from them.  We all know we can learn from people who have walked the walk and this is where age perhaps may help me quite a bit with 45 yrs experience in the industry and still going strong I feel I can shed some light on some of those unforeseen things that you may come into your life in your own personal walk and help you by seeing through my own experiences the effect they had on me.   This is a real life overview of nearly every possible situation I have seen as a professional teacher and player.  I hope you enjoy and can walk away with some insight that will help you on your own personal journey as a MUSIC TEACHER.

 

Dan Delaney

 

Overview

This book is a result of over 4 decades of experience as an active piano teacher/performer. Only years of experience can produce such information available here to those Music Teachers in the world today. Whether you are just entering this new career or are a seasoned professional I am confident there will be something in here for you.  All the years have given me an incredible experience and understanding I want to share now with all of you. Over 200 topics will help give guidance and understanding how to handle teaching situations in the world of music and in our everyday life.  The information from even one tip can be well worth the price of the entire book. This could very well be the best investment you could ever make if you happen to be starting down your Music Teaching path or for those seasoned teachers their will surely be things in here I think you would enjoy and you can compare how you handled a situation and perhaps find something that could help put a new twist on a particular situation.   Having been a Piano Teacher my entire life, a lot of my dialogue will reflect my instrument of choice. It is important to understand whether one is teaching Piano, flute, voice or any possible instrument you can think of, the skills discussed will greatly benefit all and can be adapted to fit your personal instrument of choice.

 

 

Build Your Business
13
Overview
13
Introduction
13
Four Decades of Experience
14
(1973) Began at age 16 - Driving to Homes
14

(1975-1988) The Home Studio .................................................................................. 14

(1975 to current) Performing Regularly While Teaching:................................. 15

(1989) Video Piano Teaching Entrepreneurial Drive Begins:............................ 15

(1994) PianoInstruction.com...................................................................................... 16

(1994-2002) Elder Hostels Summer Camp Sweden Maine.................................. 16

(1995) Learn Piano with Dan Delaney - 5 cd Rom Product................................. 16

(1995) MountainTop Music Center-Music School Development....................... 16

(1997) Piano For Kids.................................................................................................. 16

(2003 - 2010) Move to Arizona - College Faculty................................................. 17

(2004) Private Piano group piano to Elderly Sun City Arizona......................... 17

(2008) Play Piano In Six Weeks or Less Sterling Book Publisher..................... 17

(2009) How To Build Your Business  The Music Teacher”............................... 17

2010-2015 Time To Step Down And Step Up”...................................................... 17

2014  Earthworks Microphones ARTIST................................................................ 18

2014 Personalized Video Piano Correspondence (Rebuild HD) ........................ 18

2018 Play Piano In Six Weeks Or Less - VOLUME TWO................................... 18

What Is Your Vision? Know Why You Want To Teach....................................... 18

How To Market Yourself............................................................................................ 18

Where” Are You Going To Teach?........................................................................ 19

1.       Tips On How To Get Started             19

2.     In Their Home       19

3.     In Your Personal Home Studio          20

4.     The Studio Outside Your Home         20

5.     The The Music/Piano Store                 20

6.      The College......................................................................................................... 20

Determine Who” You Are Going To Teach?........................................................ 20

1.     Young Children (under 1st grade)      20

2.     Grade 1-6                21

3.     Jr High/ High School             21

4.     Adult Beginners     22

5.     Adult Intermediate               22

6.     Adult Advanced    22

7.     Home Schooled     22

8.      Group Lessons      23

Decide What” You Are Going To Teach?............................................................. 23

1.       Contemporary/Pop/Jazz or Traditional/Classical         23

2.       Select A Level Of Comfort 23

3.       Method Books     24

4.       The Students Selection       24

5.       Fun Versus Work 24

How To Assess A Students Level?............................................................................. 25

1. Contemporary/Pop/Jazz  or Classical/Traditional Approach 25

2. What Level Is Best Fit For You    25

3. When To Recommend Teachers 25

4. Identifying Students Goals            25

What Do You Charge?................................................................................................. 26

1.       Start LOW- Set A Period To Prove Yourself   26

2.       First Lesson FREE               26

3.       Based On Experience          26

4.       Small Increase Yearly         27

5.       Weekly Versus Bi Weekly  27

6.       Monthly Or As Needed       27

       7.   All Students Are Equal          28

How to get Paid?........................................................................................................... 28

1.       Cash - Check - PAYPAL    28

2.       Lesson By Lesson                28

3.       Monthly 28

4.       By Semester          28

        5.   Missed Lessons - Refunds   29

How You Can Provide Extra Value With Your Lessons?.................................... 29

10 Tips On How To Practice Effectively................................................................. 31

Tip 1 – Keep It Fun             32

Tip 2- Establish Small Goals             32

Tip 3- Understand Why Your Material Is Being Studied.            32

Tip 4- Small Practice Sessions           32

Tip 5- Don’t Rush To Harder Levels               32

Tip 6- Use A Timer              32

Tip 7- Stay Motivated        33

Tip 8- Record Yourself       33

Tip 9 - Use Your Ears          33

Tip 10- Practice Means Play What You Don’t Know   33

Students With Injuries................................................................................................. 33

Church Songs Put To Chords..................................................................................... 34

Analogies Used To Compare Music.......................................................................... 34

1.Compared To Exercise   34

2. Deep End Of The Pool  34

3. The Foundation Of The House.   35

4. Find A Comparison The Student Can Relate To.     35

Students That Want Make-Ups.................................................................................. 35

Dating Students............................................................................................................. 35

Be A Reference To Create Opportunities For The Student................................. 35

Never Bad Mouth Your Competitors....................................................................... 36

Always Keep Student Info Personal.......................................................................... 36

Videotape Your Lesson................................................................................................ 36

Multiple Instruments At Same Time?...................................................................... 36

Two Or More Teachers At Same Time.................................................................... 37

Practice At Work.......................................................................................................... 37

Portable Piano To Travel............................................................................................ 37

Schools Out-Practice More?...................................................................................... 38

Religious Songs.............................................................................................................. 38

Songs For Appropriate Age Group........................................................................... 38

Vision Problems - Lighting And Music Placement................................................ 39

Placement Of Music While Practicing..................................................................... 39

Practice In The Dark................................................................................................... 40

Studio Allergies - Animals.......................................................................................... 40

Studio Allergies - Perfume/Cologne......................................................................... 40

Studio Policies................................................................................................................ 40

Cleanliness Of Studio................................................................................................... 41

The Waiting Room........................................................................................................ 41

Your Personal Info A Fine Line................................................................................. 41

Stay on Task Within Lesson Time............................................................................. 41

30 Minute Lesson Versus 1 Hour.............................................................................. 42

Assign Artist Of The Week......................................................................................... 42

Address Any Frustrations Regularly....................................................................... 43

Teach The Lesson Breakdown................................................................................... 43

Students Bring In Another Book/Method................................................................ 44

Music As Therapy  ....................................................................................................... 45

Fingernails And Lessons.............................................................................................. 45

Position Sitting While Practicing/Playing............................................................... 45

Keyboard Height........................................................................................................... 46

Contacting The Teacher.............................................................................................. 46

Student Contact List..................................................................................................... 46

Dress Code For Teaching?.......................................................................................... 47

Web Site For Teaching?.............................................................................................. 47

Youtube Videos Of Students....................................................................................... 47

The Lesson Instruction Sheet..................................................................................... 47

The Timer” For Practice.......................................................................................... 48

The Calendar................................................................................................................. 48

Help To Find An Instrument....................................................................................... 48

Develop A Music Store Contact................................................................................. 49

When To Cut A Student Loose That Doesn’t Practice.......................................... 49

Find The Good In Every Student............................................................................... 49

Music And Pear Pressure............................................................................................ 50

Music Books- Your Library....................................................................................... 50

Re-direct All Negative Talk....................................................................................... 50

Embrace Positive Comments..................................................................................... 51

What The Student Should Not Do.............................................................................. 51

Visualization And Practice......................................................................................... 51

Holidays And Teaching................................................................................................ 52

The Over-Extended Student....................................................................................... 52

A Music Lesson Or Counseling Session?................................................................. 52

Present A Challenge..................................................................................................... 53

Lessons Build Off Each Other.................................................................................... 53

Don’t Charge For Recitals.......................................................................................... 53

Recital Tips.................................................................................................................... 53

Recitals - Students Not Wanting To Perform......................................................... 54

Replay Student’s Growth And Accomplishments Regularly............................... 54

Will I Be A Good Teacher?......................................................................................... 55

Listen To The Student.................................................................................................. 55

Appropriate Language................................................................................................ 56

Eye Contact.................................................................................................................... 56

Grading Students.......................................................................................................... 56

Memorizing Material.................................................................................................. 57

The Repetoire................................................................................................................ 58

Change Key Tune To Tune.......................................................................................... 58

Tunes In All Keys.......................................................................................................... 58

Ear Training In Music................................................................................................. 59

Write Legible................................................................................................................. 59

Things Happen For A Reason .................................................................................... 60

Create Practice Regiment Skills............................................................................... 60

Scan Everything To Stay Organized........................................................................ 61

Spontaneous Development - Learn From The Actual Student............................ 61

Build Upon What You Teach...................................................................................... 61

Challenge The Professional Musician Student....................................................... 61

View Your Lesson As A Class To Develop A Business.......................................... 62

How Long Before I Can Play The Piano?................................................................ 62

The Song For Quick Inspiration................................................................................ 62

When Can I Play Like You?....................................................................................... 63

When Do I Know It All?.............................................................................................. 63

Sick Students In Lessons............................................................................................. 63

Transcribing App.......................................................................................................... 64

Headphones For Playing............................................................................................. 64

Organize Your Music................................................................................................... 65

Create Your Own Music Book................................................................................... 65

Real Piano Or Keyboard............................................................................................. 66

The Spinet Piano And Upright  .................................................................................. 66

The Grand Piano .......................................................................................................... 67

Buying The Acoustic Piano......................................................................................... 68

What Size Piano?.......................................................................................................... 68

The Electric Piano........................................................................................................ 68

My Personal Keyboard (set up)................................................................................. 69

KURZWEIL SP6 PIANO   70

MOORADIAN BAG           70

TECHNICS P30 70

JBL 10 Powered Speakers - Allen Heath Mixer             70

This set up is small and lightweight and sounds great. I always like to run my piano sound in stereo. This gives me the full feel of a real piano sonically. The 10 inch powered speakers work well for me giving me plenty of power for solo and jazz duo, trio gigs.  They are 23lbs each and small.  This sized speaker setup seems to work very well for me and the kind of gigs I am playing.     70

The Personal PA System.............................................................................................. 71

The Hand Cart/Dolly.................................................................................................... 71

Tuning The Piano.......................................................................................................... 71

Moving The Piano......................................................................................................... 72

Two Pianos In The Studio............................................................................................ 72

Weighted Action Or Non-Weighted.......................................................................... 73

Things Essential For Home Studio............................................................................ 73

Extra Things For That Over The Top Studio ........................................................ 73

Play Along Recordings       73

Copy Machine Or Scanner                73

Computer Software            73

Audio Tape The Lesson     74

Video Tape Lesson             74

Percussion             74

Books And Magazines       74

Music Library       74

Music Audio Recordings    74

The Internet Connection - Laptop or Desktop              74

Sore Hands  ................................................................................................................... 75

Proper Technique.......................................................................................................... 75

The Feet While Playing................................................................................................ 75

Gifts For The Students................................................................................................. 76

Sore Neck And Shoulders............................................................................................ 76

Learn To Appreciate ALL Styles Of Music............................................................ 76

Theory Important Part Of Study ............................................................................. 77

Listen To New Artist Each Week.............................................................................. 77

Running Late Call - What Students Should Know................................................. 78

Students Flirting ........................................................................................................... 78

The Singer Playing  ...................................................................................................... 78

Transfer Albums And CDS ........................................................................................ 79

Students Says, You Can’t Do It- ........................................................................... 79

How To Practice Quiet............................................................................................ 79

Working Trades With Students................................................................................. 80

Get Publicity To Help You.......................................................................................... 80

The Soft Pedal Trick.................................................................................................... 81

No Drinks On The Piano.............................................................................................. 81

Set The Mood................................................................................................................. 81

Career Counseling - What To Expect As A Musician   82

The GIG ......................................................................................................................... 82

What To Wear?   83

What To Charge For A Gig                83

Invite Friends       84

Mailing List           84

Promotional Pictures................................................................................................... 84

Business Cards............................................................................................................... 85

Piano Or No Piano               85

The PA System    86

Playing Outside    86

Music Stand And Light      86

The Reality Of What Gigs Really Pay             87

The Wedding Band             87

An Effective Wedding Music Plan - Be Creative Rotate”         88

The Steady GIG Conflict   88

The Singer             89

Sitting In                89

Expand Repertoire              90

Stay Current         90

The Agent             91

The Volume          91

Clips To Secure Music.       91

Recap Allow Time - Write Lesson Here.................................................................. 91

Amount Of Topics......................................................................................................... 92

Write Lesson As You Go ............................................................................................ 92

The Student Abusing Your Time................................................................................ 92

Leave During Lesson Breaks..................................................................................... 93

Establish Your Own Policy List................................................................................. 93

Taxes - Deductions........................................................................................................ 93

Christmas & Holiday Cards Each Year.................................................................. 94

Develop Group Classes For More Serious Students............................................. 95

Playing In The Ensemble............................................................................................. 95

In The Event You Run Late........................................................................................ 95

Best Hours To Teach.................................................................................................... 96

Monthly Newsletter...................................................................................................... 96

Transcribing 3 parts to make it work...................................................................... 96

Create Workshops/Seminars..................................................................................... 97

Piano Labs For Beginners........................................................................................... 97

The Student Who Cancels All The Time.................................................................. 98

Students - Play Too Fast.............................................................................................. 98

Practice In Slow Motion.............................................................................................. 99

The Nice Instrument Can Make The Difference.................................................... 99

Students That Sing, Dance Or Play Other Instruments........................................ 99

Teaching The Small Group- No Egoes Allowed................................................... 100

The Students Plateau How To Go From Here...................................................... 100

Support Other Genres - They Don't Compete...................................................... 101

The Student With No Sense Of Time...................................................................... 101

Carefully Balancing Theory And Fun Playing..................................................... 102

When To Teach A New Skill..................................................................................... 102

The Personality Clash”........................................................................................... 102

When To play In A Band, The Big Band Or Smaller Group? .......................... 103

The Part Time Musician............................................................................................ 104

Listen To One Tune Played By Many..................................................................... 104

Embrace Other Idioms.............................................................................................. 104

Support Those Who Perform................................................................................... 105

Never Be Un-Employed............................................................................................. 105

Being Selective What Gigs To Take....................................................................... 106

Pay Your Dues............................................................................................................. 106

Student Wants To Learn 5 Of Their Favorite Songs.......................................... 106

Music The New Activity To Help Dementia. ........................................................ 107

The Classical Piano Teacher Increasing Marketability.  ................................. 107

Courtesy Discount To Students............................................................................... 107

All Students Are Created Equal.............................................................................. 108

Learn To Build On Your Success. .......................................................................... 108

Listen To Those Around You................................................................................... 108

Strike While The Iron Is Hot................................................................................... 109

Protect The Bird In The Hand ................................................................................ 109

Working With An Agent........................................................................................... 110

When Not To Hand Out Your Own Business Card.............................................. 110

Follow Up On Everything You Do........................................................................... 110

Working With An EXCLUSIVE AGENT.............................................................. 111

Lighten Your Load..................................................................................................... 111

The Keyboard Stand.................................................................................................. 112

Your Office Seat......................................................................................................... 112

Fresh New Material A Sign Of Growth................................................................. 113

Stage Lights................................................................................................................. 113

Understanding The Idiom - Be True To The Music............................................. 113

Stay In Touch............................................................................................................... 114

Avoid The Burnout..................................................................................................... 114

Cross Developing Content........................................................................................ 115

Teaching The - Attention Deficit Disorder........................................................... 116

Don’t Play For Free................................................................................................... 116

Lessons As Needed?................................................................................................... 117

Parents Pushing Their Children To Study............................................................. 117

All Keys Important - Not just a tune...................................................................... 118

Creating a Business Plan........................................................................................... 119

Keep Growing Musically.......................................................................................... 120

Parting With Old Equipment................................................................................... 120

Stay Focused With Clear Vision.............................................................................. 121

Practice Means Play What You Don’t Know....................................................... 122

Positive Encouragement Goes A Long Way......................................................... 122

Use Your Intuition ..................................................................................................... 123

Assess What Worked And What Didn’t................................................................ 123

Bio Up To Date?.......................................................................................................... 124

The Cover Letter........................................................................................................ 124

The Backup Equipment............................................................................................. 124

Transport Equipment Think Smart........................................................................ 124

Do The Ethical Thing................................................................................................. 125

Identify Your Targeted Clientele............................................................................ 125

Playing Too Loud........................................................................................................ 125

Mix Styles and Keys................................................................................................... 126

Ravenscroft Virtual Piano........................................................................................ 126

Watch Your Breaks And Be Punctual.................................................................... 126

Music Independence Carried Through Your Life............................................... 127

Do What You Love - I was Tested........................................................................... 127

Collaborating With Other Idioms.......................................................................... 129

In Home Concert Series............................................................................................ 130

The Extra Cord And More....................................................................................... 130

Youtube The Pros And Cons..................................................................................... 130

Apps for Ear Training............................................................................................... 131

Kids Storytelling and Classical Music................................................................... 131

Play Along Software.................................................................................................. 132

Examine All Equipment Regularly ........................................................................ 132

Power Of Music In Movies....................................................................................... 133

Advanced Students - Study from many  ................................................................ 133

The Music Camp  ....................................................................................................... 134

Extended Breaks Can Refresh Your Playing  ..................................................... 135

You Never Know Who Is Listening  ...................................................................... 135

The Music Store Connection   ................................................................................. 136

Cherish Those Special Moments  ........................................................................... 137

Take Time To Reflect................................................................................................ 137

Musicians Don’t Retire!............................................................................................ 138

CLOSING REMARKS:........................................................ 138Build Your Business

 

A Comprehensive Guide Every Teacher should have and every student would love to see.

 

 

30 Minute Lesson Versus 1 Hour

This is a very interesting topic and should be looked at closely by all teachers. I recall studying with the great Charlie Banacos many years ago. After waiting nearly 3 years on his waiting list I got the call and obviously by this time I was so eager to study with this great Master I asked if I could do an hour lesson. He was very firm about his policy of only 30 minute lessons. I always wondered why back then but as I began teaching more I was made very clear for many reasons as to why. The first is that you can service twice as many people offering 30 minutes instead of hours and in his case he needed more hours in a day and more days in the week to serve his immense following.  The more important part of teaching is that by changing gears is how I refer to it, student to student it makes the day go by faster and much more interesting to be looking at various personalities throughout your day.  Also when you are good you can assign a lesson in a matter of minutes that can bring enormous value to any student. I know this to be true back when Charlie would assign me a lesson after hearing me for minutes and know exactly what to give me and how to present a challenge not attainable by most.  He knew how to challenge the best of us as a good teacher should.  I see in my own teaching that I am very similar in my approach and I am able to, in a matter of minutes provide a challenge and assign the best content for the situation. This really can only come from lots of experience.  In an hour lesson too you risk that weak “non focused student” to now become your job to entertain for the hour. That is a lot of time to direct focus from someone that really does not put in the time. On the other hand a very accomplished student you can develop things within the structure that will work effectively as I do within my hour lessons that the College throws me.  Another benefit for doing half hours is that you can charge more for the half hour and thus making a healthier hourly fee. You got to remember that many of the students studying are musicians with not much income or students looking for piano as a hobby so maximize your hourly rate by doing half hours. So be careful as this topic will take on a variety of dynamics for the teacher throughout your career.

 

Assign Artist Of The Week

This is something I love to make part of every lesson.  I primarily make this part of a regular lesson plan with only my serious Jazz students. With YouTube being so accessible you can virtually hear and see a huge variety of artists. This is an important part of studying the Jazz art form to hear how others interpret the music. It is great and the value is enormous. Why not take advantage of the technology we have today and suggest a new artist each week for the student to learn about. Keep a running list and for my pianists I start with piano players and once I exhaust the huge list I move to horn players and so on. You then can go down the path of analyzing how each player may play a certain tune for the week. For example I will suggest a tune like Autumn Leaves and want the student to listen to a different version each day and take notes as to what they think.  I am confident you will find this lots of fun to share within the lesson.

 

Address Any Frustrations Regularly

This can be an ongoing thing within your lessons and will be different for each student. You must realize that these frustrations if not addressed and put to rest could eventually be the cause of why a student loses interest and stops studying. So be sure to be checking in and in most cases the student will let you know what kind of frustration they are having but it will be your job as a good teacher to constantly check in to see if there is anything they are working on, any part of the lesson that is frustrating them and you do your best to put it to a comfortable place for them. After this is done be sure to keep checking for new issues and most important check back to see how the old frustration is sitting with the student now. This can be a very good learning process and it basically will come down to nothing comes without work.  Having directed attention to the frustrations within a lesson with students teaches them how to turn a negative emotion into a positive one. I feel this is critical for long term success as a great teacher.

 

Multiple Instruments At Same Time?

I have seen this many times throughout my career and have in only a few cases see it actually work. What typically happens is the student will play 2 instruments and not effectively be putting enough time to get the most from one instrument. Also in my situations I have made so much headway teaching the piano to a student and as soon as the they pick up the flute or guitar it becomes the cool “new” thing that will in some cases take them away from the piano a bit,  or worst all together. This is however sometimes essential for students to find exactly what they would enjoy most as their chosen instrument. People ask me all the time. Do you play another instrument?  My reply is that I wanted to, many times but always decided not to because the extra time needed to play the 2nd instrument would actually allow me to dedicate more on the one giving me faster and better results and I was making a living with.  In certain situations I have had the exception where a student can play 2 or even more and because they were so natural for the student it can prove to be his or her greatest asset to be able to play more than one. Especially those performing at pro level to be able to double as we call it will essentially make the student become like (two people). This means that if you teach piano you have all those piano students and if you teach guitar too you have all these students. See where I am going with this?  Without a doubt you can potentially make double the income. Also another great benefit is that you can play along with students to offer a more musical twist within the lesson. Makes teaching fun and the students love it.

 

Two Or More Teachers At Same Time

When a student manages time between two teachers, this first says that the student is very driven and has a motivation beyond most.  It is from my opinion best to have the 2 teachers be of different idiom or focus. For example a classical lesson and a JAZZ lesson. This makes sense to get the best from both worlds and keeps the student very versatile. Where the conflict would be is if the student was studying with (2) Jazz teachers. Each teacher will have their own approach and by confusing it with another view although it may be very valid may confuse the student so much that it will work against each other.  For example I have my own way of building chords and if my student was also studying with another teacher showing his/her way of chord building it will present a conflict in the learning process and put student at risk of not effectively climbing. Surely getting a second point of view is a wonderful thing but I feel it best to work with one teacher and if you want to get another view then leave that teacher and work with another one. What you bring to the table should greatly heighten your experience and not work against you.

 

Teach The Lesson Breakdown

This is by far one of my favorite things to share with other teachers and I am confident once you read my view on this you will want to incorporate this skill for optimum results with your students.  I have held huge Seminars with groups of aspiring students of all ages and levels and have had fun sharing this topic. For example, I will call a student up and have them outline what it is they are working on within their private lesson.  The way we are wired as humans we look at the “end result” and often don’t feel accomplished until we hit the “end result”.  By thinking this way as you climb with a particular exercise a student can feel just overwhelmed in the process, totally defeated time after time until all the various aspects are overcome to eventually arriving at the place of completion. This is where through all of my 45 years of teaching I have learned this important skill of how to break down “the lesson”.  Everything you work on can be broken down into small pieces of which you as the student will feel the sense of accomplishment over and over as you climb to the “end result”.  So important to lay out this scenerio with students within a lesson plan.  I like to use the saying Success brings Success. Feeling the accomplishment several times on your climb is valuable.  For example a student on the piano is assigned to learn the C G D A E scale with both hands together.  Of course a break down could be as basic as, just the C scale with both hands separate (very fast and very slow), then the same for the G scale and so on. Once you Master the completion of each of the 5 scales with both hands separate you have achieved a “good feeling place” 10 times before you even started putting them together.  Now you add in the C scale both hands together very slow, then very fast and if you find any issues go back to hands separate levels.  See what I am doing here, I am creating several landing points for a topic as you climb.  If you do not do such a breakdown it can work of course but your student really risks being frustrated and it often can not make their progress so evident to them. The most important part of this skill is to train the student to create their own breakdown in “everything they do”.  This will carry over into all they do in life.  So within a lesson do this often, assign a concept to a student whether it be a piece of music or a fundamental skill, EVERYTHING CAN BE BROKEN DOWN.  Have them explain logical break down levels they can create within a topic. This is a great process and will serve you in the long run 10 times your effort by having your students feel wonderful on the climb and see and hear their improvements clearly on the way. Of all the things I feel is important this ranks to the top of my list.  This topic is truly a main component of my teaching success. I have become a Master at breaking down content for students. 

 

 

Students Bring In Another Book/Method

This happens quite a lot usually in the beginning of my student teacher relationship where I have my own style of presenting material and a student has been in a pattern working with what they know. Often the material will be a blend but but with it poses many risks. Often I say “do not” use another method while studying mine. The student by taking on two approaches may be putting themselves at risk for an effective clear climb in content. How I will play chords may be different from what another book is displaying which can hold merit but running side by side will create confusion mostly.  I have on occasion taken a book someone brings in and incorporate my twist on some of the skills taught in the other method book by others or at times use the material in an assignment, but I must say this was rare.  If you were teaching Math in a school it best to be working out of the same book, agree? Because even though two books will cover essentially the same thing they may hit it at different points in the development. So stick with one is my best advise and if the “new method book” shows up address it with that student and maybe there is a fit but be careful not to have it get in the way of your method and approach to learning.  Maybe because I have so many years I am set in my way with clear defined skills and do not in any way want to have a student be looking in on something that would get in the way of my plan. In most cases it would.

 

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