Friday, June 27, 2014

Fourth of July Ideas

The Fourth of July (Independence Day in the U.S.) is one week from the posting of this entry!
To celebrate, here are some links to projects you might like to include in your lessons.
  • This composition activity.
These are just a few ideas. Do you have any special activities that you do with music students for the 4th of July?


Friday, June 20, 2014

Luncheon Gig (Wardrobe Inspo)

Luncheon Gig

Anna Field black shirt
$42 -

STELLA McCARTNEY dress pants

Accessorize flat shoes

Vince Camuto black handbag

Stud earrings

Cat-eye glasses

Do you ever use Polyvore? It's kinda fun to go on and put together outfits (there are more options than just clothing/fashion though). I might just post some outfit ideas here from time to time. Note that I included a bag idea that (hopefully) could work as a gig bag.
I think this outfit might be nice for a steady daytime gig in particular.
What's your go-to gig outfit?

Have a great day!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dreading Lessons?

Do you dread lessons? If you do, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
  • Do I dread all lessons or just certain ones? Is it because of the subject matter/instrument or is it a student/teacher clash of personalities (or a disrespectful student)?
  • What don't I like about lessons? Be as specific as possible, but don't be afraid to start out vague.
There are a few options for this:
  1. Take a break/vacation! Don't be afraid to take off all of December after your Christmas recital (if you have a recital then). December's often a busy month for musicians...and probably for your students too! Consider taking a summer break (all summer or just part of it) too. It's good to have a little break to refresh.
  2. Consider lowering the number of students you teach. You can kindly let the students/parents know that you are reducing your number of students, but that you recommend so-and-so, etc. Don't forget to thank them for studying with you!
Maybe teaching just isn't your thing. That's ok. If you don't financially need to teach and you don't like it, don't do it. Life isn't stress-free, but enjoy what you can. If you choose not to teach, think of it as more job opportunities for those who love it and you do what you love. The world would be pretty boring (and competitive!) if we all adored the same things, huh?

These are just a few ideas....what do you think? I think taking a short vacation from lessons is a good option if you're feeling burnt out/

How do you feel about teaching? What are your suggestions?


Friday, June 6, 2014

Clay harp decoration

Products used:
Sculpey clay
This stamp
This ink 

Step 1: Roll clay into a ball.

Step 2: Roll out flat.

Step 3: Stamp.

Step 4: Cut it out.

Step 5: Roll excess into long tube.

Step 6: Frame with excess.

Not pictured --
Step 7: Bake according to directions.
Step 8 (optional): Add a magnet to back.

If you make one, be sure to leave me a link!