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February 15, 2017 · 7:51 am

Valentine’s Day Blurb

That’s right… I’ve got a “blurb” for you today. Just a few thoughts about Valentine’s day as I’m starting to prep for the next two weeks. Happy Monday! ~ Sara

How cute are these?

My students love coloring the Valentine’s Day assignment sheets. There are 8 designs in this little collection, and I even included a robot, dinosaur, and monster for students who might want something a little less “cute.”

(Personally I think that the robot is the cutest one.) Download them HERE.

A New Valentine Design

It will be a while before I post any new assignment sheets (gotta redo all my templates since I made the big Mac switch – there’s no Mac Microsoft Office equivalent of Publisher.)

In the meantime, I’ve been on the look out for cute free printables. Here’s a fresh one by Tracy Selle — an adorable Valentine that’s very simple to put together: Every-Buggy Loves Music Valentine.


Looking for more?

Check out this Valentine’s Day Playlist from Kerrie at Learning by Step. She put together a list of music, games, and activities that are great for private and/or group lessons.

(Pssst… this would make a perfect starter plan for a Valentine’s Day studio party!)


And don’t forget to checkout my other Free Valentine’s Day resources! There’s something for every age and level. Good luck with your planning!




Valentine's Day Music Cookie Memory

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Reblog: The Best Ways To Help Your Young Child Experience Music At Home

Have you ever gotten inquiries for very young piano students? Perhaps an age that’s younger than you’re comfortable teaching? My personal preference is 6-7 as a young beginner, although I’ve started  lessons with “mature” 5 year olds before.

When parents inquire about lessons for a student who is too young for my studio, I often refer them to other teachers who specialize in preschoolers or pre-K music classes. (I’m lucky to have some pretty great teachers in my area!)

After reading Megan’s 2 part blog series about helping young children experience music at home, now I have all kinds of suggestions to give parents with those really young students! Check it out:


From Pianissimo: A Very Piano Blog

“As exhausting as it is for parents, it is a young child’s job to move! For the first couple of years, many big milestones for children revolve around moving and coordination – rolling, crawling, walking, clapping, and grasping, to name a few.

When you approach your child’s movement with that understanding, the constant motion becomes a bit more tolerable.

Embrace every chance to move. Move like an animal – hop like a kangaroo, waddle like a penguin, run like a gazelle, flap your arms like a bird.

If you hear graceful, elegant music encourage movements like gliding or swaying. Show them how to make their arms float like butterfly wings.”

Read More on Megan’s Blog

Desmarais, Megan. “The Best Ways To Help Your Young Child Experience Music At Home, Part 2”. Pianissimo: A Very Piano Blog. N.p., 2017. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.


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Planning for Summer in Winter

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It’s almost the end of January. After realizing that we’re 1/12th into 2017 already, a kind of scary question popped into my head yesterday:

Sara, have you started
planning your summer schedule yet?

(Seriously, brain? Already? Ack!!)

I know, I know. It seems so early. June feels so far away, but really… there are only 4 months between now and the most gorgeous time of year in western Pennsylvania.

That means it’s time for me to get moving.

Now… I’m not saying that I’m going to start advertising my summer programs just yet, but I am going to start  start brainstorming and planning.

Here are 4 easy steps I start with each year:

  1. Block off potential weeks in my schedule.
  2. Brainstorm about themes and age groups.
  3. Inquire about larger spaces if I need one.
  4. Start talking up my plans to students as I go.

That last step is super important. You need to generate interest for your summer programs the moment you start planning. Even if you don’t have concrete plans, start talking up the concepts to your students and parents!

By talking up summer plans to your studio, you start generating momentum and excitement, two of the MAJOR keys to running a successful summer program.

(See what I did there? Major keys? Hehe.)

Nervous about planning a summer camp?

You don’t need to be. If you’re looking for detailed planning advice and tons of resources, our Group Lessons 101 webinar enrollment is open through tomorrow. This webinar even comes with my Music Blast Camp plans ($45 value) absolutely free.

Looking for more teaching tips from the pros? Our popular Technology Boot Camp and Get More Students webinars are also open for enrollment.

Don’t delay though…

 We’re only open through Friday, January 27th! 


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