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We are excited to announce the new Blog Feature for your music studio website. Also, your last five blog posts will show up on the dashboard of your parents and students after they log in. To begin using the new blog feature, you will need to first activate the blog.

Activating Your Blog

  1. Hover over “Website”, and click on “Website Pages”.
  2. Scroll down to “Blog”, and click on “Edit”.
  3. Change the page status from “Inactive” to “Active”.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click “SAVE”.

Creating Your Post

If you select “Create a New Post”, a new page will open, presented with an editor, in which you write up your very first post. After writing your article, you can select “Enable The Post”, or “Disable The Post”. You can also choose to allow comments on posts. Select your choices at the bottom and then select “Save Post”.

New Music Studio Blog Post

To create a post, hover over “Website”, and click on “Blog”. On this page you will see a list of posts you have already created, and two buttons at the top to “Create A New Post” or “Categories”.

Creating Categories

Before you begin creating posts, you will first need to create categories to assign your posts. Click on “Categories” and create a few categories that you know you will be using for your posts. Examples for categories you could use are “Recitals”, “Practice Tips”,  “Announcements”, or “Instrument Care”.

Music Blog Categories

You are now ready to create your first post.

  1. Click on “New Post” in the “Blog” section.
  2. You will be taken to a page where you can give your new post a title, and begin writing your post.
  3. You will also see a text editor for formatting your post.
  4. After completing your article, scroll to the bottom of the screen and set the new post status to “Public” or “Hidden”.
  5. Designate if you want to enable or disable comments from your readers.
  6. When you are finished, select “Preview” or “Save Post”.

Your posts can now be viewed by your parents, students, and anyone else who has been provided with the link to your blog (your_name.musicteachershelper.com/posts).

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By Robin Steinweg              studio

I found myself in physical therapy following a car accident. I expected decreased pain and increased endurance and strength. But I was surprised to find parallels between PT and teaching music. Here are 5 teaching tips from physical therapy:

1. Study the Student: my therapist checked me over, had me try a number of exercises and studied how best to help me before our next session. She brought a book to show me the anatomy of my injuries. She studied my injuries and my responses.

Likewise, good teachers assess a student’s abilities and needs to determine a plan of action. We give thought and care to choosing methods and materials on which students will thrive and grow musically.

Be a student of your students!

2. Active—Not Passive—Learning: the limbs, the muscles, the ligaments—they need to do the work. A spoken treatise on the subject (a lecture, a lesson) isn’t going to cut it. Just do it.

When I heard how little my therapist spoke, I realized that I do more talking in lessons than is necessary. I don’t need to fill every moment with sound.         teacher, silent

Talk less. Play or sing more.

3. It Takes Practice: I’d forgotten just how awkward new movements can feel. You wouldn’t think that you could tip over from a prone position. But wobble and topple I did. Still, my therapist encouraged me, and I kept trying. And it got easier.

So it is with piano, passing a thumb under without the elbow chicken-winging. Or using the register key on a woodwind for the first time. Or fingering that new guitar chord (can fingers do that?).

It gets easier with practice.

4. Beware of Adding Too Much At Once: my therapist tells me I’m ready for more, but she doesn’t want to add new exercises, because that can get to be too much. Instead, she beefs up the ones I’m already doing. I am grateful, because it’s already taking forty-some minutes three times a day. And I do have a life beyond therapy. She rarely tweaks more than one exercise at a time. This is good, because it’s a gentler learning curve. I’m not as likely to forget how it goes. This is like a reward for doing well.

Students will appreciate this, too. They have busy lives. They are more likely to excel at one tweaked exercise than three or four brand-new ones. I should be reluctant to say, “Your reward for working hard is to work harder and longer.”

You worked well; let’s work smart, too.

5. Location, Aesthetics: my therapist’s studio has windows overlooking the Wisconsin River. Bald eagles perch on nearby branches while early sunbeams pierce the rising mist. The atmosphere is pleasant, energizing, sunny.     0127092757How about our music studios? Light, temperature, space and artwork can enhance lessons. 0127092240

Art begets art.

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Physical therapy has heightened my awareness of certain aspects of teaching. I’m reminded to study my students; to speak less; to encourage them that it’ll get easier with practice; that it’s okay to take smaller steps forward, and my studio’s atmosphere can inspire and free the art of music.  0127092122

I hope you found these helpful. If so, watch for “5 More Teaching Tips from Physical Therapy” here at MTH blog next month, February 28.

 

 

 

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