Gearing Up for Fall: Part 1

Getting Geared Upfor Fall.pngOk… I’ve gotten into a serious blog slump here. The summer months have been SO busy – something had to give on my schedule. It’s time to get this blog (and my studio) back into gear!

This week I’ve decided to do a series of posts about what I’m doing to get ready for fall lessons this year. Here are a few things I’ll be writing about this week:

  1. Gathering fall materials
  2. Setting up my fall schedule (ack, ack, ack!)
  3. New studio subscription services

These posts will be geared towards VOICE students as well as piano students. (See I haven’t forgotten about you, voice teachers. I promise!)

Today’s topic is fall materials.

I’ve got a brain full of ideas, and I’m hoping this blog post helps me bring them all into focus. This is a short list of the materials I’m gathering together this year:

  • Piano Method Books: I’m making sure that I have all my method books stocked. (Piano Pronto has 20% off and free shipping until Sunday this week!) I’m also stocking up on Finger Power, Hanon and Sonatina albums this year.
  • Studio Licensed Materials: This summer I made a big effort to organize my digital library. I’ve got everything loaded onto my iPad for easy access, PLUS I made a physical library of pieces by organizing them into flexi-view presentation books. Students can check them out of the studio library for 2 weeks at a time.
  • Voice Method Books: This year I’m starting all of my new voice students in the Full Voice Workbook Series. I’m excited to start using these books for a more organized approach at solfege, theory exercises, and sight-reading. They also have a really cool teacher agenda that I’ve got my eye on!
  • Fun Things: I’ve got quite a few little things I’ll be giving to students as “welcome back” fall materials. There are composition notebooks, fresh stickers, and these fun little “book clips” that I’ll be using for my Piano Pronto books.

Aren’t these adorable?


Found these at a local store for $5, but you can get them on Amazon for $4.49!

My students will have to “catch” their book clips when they start lessons in September. They can earn a monster clip by mastering a piece from their first week of assignments 😉 (Yes… I am totally incorporating Pokemon ideas into the studio this year. Gotta embrace the madness!)

… alright, that’s all for today! Time to dive into fall scheduling madness and answer tons of emails. The Fall Countdown is officially ON!

What materials are YOU getting ready in your studio this year? I’m always interested to see what other teachers use in their studios. Share in the comments below!

Check out Part 2 and Part 3 of my Gearing Up for Fall Series!

Getting Scheduled for Fall

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  • by Rhonda Pigott Posted August 8, 2016 7:59 pm

    Going to try some students with Piano Safari…Anyone worked with that before?

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted August 8, 2016 8:04 pm

      I’ve heard some wonderful things about PS!

    • by KathyG Posted August 11, 2016 1:14 pm

      I am also going to try PS for the first time. I’ve had the first two volumes since 2014 but haven’t had any little beginners to try them with. This past spring I attended a great informational session with Katherine and Julie, the creators of the course, at MTNA national conference, and it was exciting and inspiring. This course looks like a seriously researched and well-thought-out course, unlike other recent popular methods. Plus, what’s not to like about all those cool flash cards? 😉

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  • by KathyG Posted August 11, 2016 1:15 pm

    Sara, I am ready for another 3 months of summer, but uh oh, looks like fall teaching is coming right up, like it or not. I am really enjoying your ideas (and your enthusiasm) in these blog posts. Thanks, and keep ’em coming!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted August 13, 2016 11:37 am

      Will do, Kathy! (and me too – can summer be forever?)

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  • by rhondasmusicnotes Posted September 6, 2016 8:51 am

    I ordered the little monster clips plus a couple different choices and gave my first 2 new students last week and they loved them! I loved them because they are so effective in keeping the book open!!! Great Gem Sara, thank you!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted September 7, 2016 12:19 pm

      So cool! I’m happy I stumbled across these while shopping with my mom and sister… you never know when piano inspiration will strike! 😉

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