The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town

Empowering Teachers to Inspire Students


This is the introduction to my newest project. My Book! “The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town”  It will be published soon at Amazon





You know what’s hard about piano teaching?  I do!  Does the following sound familiar?

“Put your second finger on A.”

“How many beats does the half note get?”

“Play staccato please.”

What about the excruciating experience of teaching students who never practice? Ugh! And then there are the excuses piano teachers frequently hear from their students:

“I didn’t practice this week because…

“I had a birthday party.”

“I couldn’t find my book.”

“I forgot.”

“My mother (father, sister, brother, aunt, cousin, or cat) wouldn’t let me.”

Sitting hour-after-hour in a chair focusing on what someone else is doing—much of the time repeating the same things over and over.  Plus, there are a host of other challenges that accompany piano teaching like starting work when the rest of the world is finishing up their day.  (This is a big challenge for those who are parents and have kids in school.)

Add to all of that:

Preparing students for performances, festivals, and recitals

Organizing recitals so that parents and students get to the right location, at the right time and come away happy.

Getting paid on time

Dealing with challenging parents and caregivers.

Setting boundaries with people who want you to do “just one more thing”?

And those pesky make-up lessons.  

Far too many people don’t even consider piano teaching a “real” profession.  They say things like, “So, you’re a piano teacher.  Is that like…a real  job?”

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10 Tips for Teaching Transfer Piano Students

Transfer Piano Students

“Hello…Ms. Hall?” “Yes, this is she” “My name is Sherry I am looking for a new piano teacher for my daughter Angie do you have any openings in your studio for  transfer piano students?”

“Hmm, a transfer piano student,” I think to myself. Am I excited to get a student who can play well and is ready for some great repertoire? Or am a filled with trepidation thinking about all of the remediations I may have to do? To be honest, a little bit of both. But transfer students are part of the game so here are 10 tips that will help you book those transfer students have great success.

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Countdown to a Stellar Holiday Piano Recital

Ho Ho Ho! Countdown to the Holiday Piano Recital!

Holiday piano recitals are great. A time for star students to get up there and show their stuff. A time for parents and grandparents to experience the payoff that comes with all of those lessons and all of that practicing. A time for teachers to see the fruits of their labor.

Then again, recitals are also a time when students are nervous, parents are worried, and teachers…well teachers are just plain stressed out! Especially at Holiday Time. But this doesn’t need to be the case. With some careful planning, holiday recitals actually can be fun. How, you ask? Come on, fasten your seatbelt as we launch into a “Countdown to a Stellar and Stress-Free Holiday Piano Recital.”

T-10 Set a Date

Once you decide you want to have a holiday piano recital, set a holiday recital date. Holiday time can be tricky for a lot of families. Some things to consider when setting a recital date are things like; school exams and school concerts. I also recommend booking a recital a few months in advance in order to give students plenty of time to prepare their music. I know some teachers who have a “Winter Recital” after the Holidays. This is a great option if you find that you are just too pressed during December.

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