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Dear MTH readers,

As I write this blog entry, I am 39 weeks pregnant and expecting my first child! As a first time mom with a busy private studio, I planned my maternity leave months in advance, and would like to share with you my experience. I also welcome your feedback!

KRF_0155How soon should I stop teaching before due date?

Obviously every pregnancy is different, so this will vary from person to person. I am very thankful that I have had a pretty smooth pregnancy, so I decided to take just a month off before my due date. This has allowed me time to do some last minute shopping for baby stuff, get nursery ready, and just relax and enjoy the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I will admit I have felt a bit restless from time to time, especially these last two weeks, so if I could do it all over again, I probably would have continued teaching for two more weeks or so, to take my mind off this waiting game!

How soon should I resume teaching after the baby is born?

Again obviously this will vary depending on individual health situation and also if the baby decides to arrive early or late (two weeks before or after due date is normal!) I have told all my students that I will take another whole month off after my estimated due date, but that I will keep them posted in terms of how it all goes in the end, and if I should need extra time. Thankfully all my students are very understanding and we will just see how things go! [···]

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NoteRunner Piano Jam! 2015 – Learn a song. Submit a video. Win cash.

The NoteRunner Online Piano Competition is a contest where participants of all ages have the opportunity to learn fresh new music by up and coming artists and receive feedback from talented musicians. Participants are required to learn a song from the song list and submit a video performance. Winners earn a cash reward of up to $150, a gift voucher to or feedback from accomplished musicians. Share your performance with friends and family for an extra bonus prize!

This contest is a great opportunity for music students, music teachers, or both!

Early Registration deadline: Sept 30, 2015

Late Registration deadline: October 15, 2015

Videos due: Jan 15, 2016

Website – (Check out results and performances from the NoteRunner Launch! summer contest)

Contest Details –

Song List –

Music Teacher’s Helper is a proud sponsor of the NoteRunner Piano Jam! 2015.

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