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#60186 - 07/27/12 08:34 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivace']
debilynn Offline
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Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 53
Loc: North Carolina, US
Hello Everyone!
I am a special education specialist, who is also a musician. I quit teaching in the public school system and opened my own music studio in North Carolina.
I have to say that my experience as a business owner and educator has made me more successful in running a business from my home. However, I have found this site to be one of the most resourceful of forums out there for rookies as well as veteran teachers.

I have had my studio open for almost a year. I have used the advise of those who have been out there for years to develop my policy. I must say, our families are like my students in class. They like clear, understandable expecations. Having a clear policy which students' understand is one of the most proactive things a teacher can do at a beginning of a school year. Yes, you may need to tweak it, after trying it out. However, you will have better management of your families when everyone knows what is expected of them.

Secondly, I feel that being human and understanding to families is a good thing. You can be professional and still have a great rapport with your families. Those you do not, weed them out. If you are good, you will always find another student more dedicated to fill that slot!

Best wishes to all of you this fall!

Deborah Horn

#60219 - 07/30/12 10:22 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: debilynn]
musicat Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 318
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Hi Debilynn,

Your background sound similar to mine. I have taught recreationally for several years while a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools. It was time for a career change, so I am making the switch into being a full-time studio teacher. I really like the community here, too--one thing I was afraid I'd miss was regular contact with colleagues. While it is "virtual" here, I'm finding it to be of great value. Conferences and workshops are a must, too, of course (for the info and the networking). Best wishes to you and your studio, as well!

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