“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you”. –Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The title of this book “The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town” begs the question, what does it mean to be happy?
This is the definition from vocabulary.com:
“Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happy.”
I like this definition. Let’s pick it apart and see how it could pertain to our job—the job of piano teaching.
“when… life is good and you can’t help but smile.”
I know this feeling. It’s the feeling you get when your student has a great performance. It’s the waves of joy that wash over you when a parent thanks you for all you have done for his child. It’s the warm glow of accomplishment you get when a student talks about how you have made a difference in her life. It’s the feeling you get when you are just about to turn out the lights in your studio after a long day of teaching, exhausted yet exhilarated because you know you have a job that matters.
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Now that many of us are getting back to in-person teaching some of the old problems are cropping back up along with new ones as we navigate this new world of online and in-person teaching. So I have decided to update this post. I hope it will help make your teaching go more smoothly.
It’s easy for me to know when boundaries are being crossed. I can feel it. It feels…well, bad. My blood pressure goes up, I lose sleep I feel angry. Maybe, my student is always being picked up late, or tuition isn’t being paid on time. It could be that my time and space is not being respected. Maybe it’s something blatantly disrespectful or maybe it’s a situation that has become more and more upsetting over time. This is why I am presenting “Scripted Communication for Sticky Situations”.
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I have been teaching for over 37 years. In my home studio, at commercial studios, online, and as a teacher who travels to student’s homes. It’s been a great career! I have met so many amazing families. Occasionally I have run into some sticky situations. Over the years I have learned to be a better communicator. I have gained some insight into how to set boundaries and, make my expectations known. This has made me a much happier teacher and a happier person in general. In this post, I will present some situations that come up, from time to time, and how I handle them. Feel free to take what you think will work for you and leave the rest.
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