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Full Voice Music Blog

Welcome to the FULL VOICE Music Teacher Blog! We are passionate about sharing great resources and inspirational articles for the inspired vocal music teacher (that’s YOU!) Your comments and ideas are always welcome.

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The Beauty of Pen on Paper

July 19, 2015 
I received a beautiful ball point pen from a graduating student this year. I was so excited – I LOVE pens and I haven’t stopped using it!  It writes beautifully. It makes a lovely sound on the paper. (Yes! – the sound of pen on paper is more appealing than the sound of my keyboard […]
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Making Sure Your Students Return in the Fall

June 16, 2015 

It is not wise to assume that because a student did really well in their lessons that they will automatically continue in the fall. Kids change. Schedules change.  Family finances change.  Music Teachers compete with other music teachers – and every other after school program and activity too! Families have so many fun and stimulating programs available to them. Will they be choosing your teaching studio?

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May 13, 2015 

The challenge: Successful Music recitals are a lot of work and sometimes can go unappreciated by busy families who are eager to enjoy the warm weather.  Recitals can also be very stressful for anxious students or students who are new to performing.  (stressed out student = stressed out family.) How can you make your recital an event that everyone is excited about?

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Everything is AWESOME! and other lies our students tell us

April 22, 2015 

When I ask my student David how things are going, he always replies “Great”. When I ask him how his repertoire is coming along, he says “yeah – pretty good!” When I ask him what song he needs help with he says, “I think they are all fine”. But when I asked him to perform all pieces in the studio from memory the other day – it wasn't great, good or even fine.

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April 15, 2015 

I keep stumbling across voice teacher websites and online voice forums where voice “professionals” publicly discourage young children from taking singing lessons. I understand that most voice teachers have a preferred student client (see our earlier blog on niche marketing and how this can benefit your studio) It makes good business sense to clearly define your customer base. But publicly discouraging (discriminating against) a specific age group from studying vocal music? This is unprofessional.  I am asking my fellow colleagues to consider the following:

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March 30, 2015 

Vocal teachers hear it all the time.  "I hate the sound of my voice". Lately, I answer with "Welcome to the club". (And then I sigh heavily because it is difficult to work with singers who can't stand the sound their voices.) Usually, the student has a truly beautiful voice - a joy to listen to, and yet they hold back,  make sad faces and complain. Sometimes, they accuse me of lying to them when I compliment the sound. Helping singers "make peace" with their voice is challenging.

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Private Voice Teachers: Finding your “niche” Market

March 18, 2015 

What is Niche Marketing? 
Concentrating all marketing efforts on a small but specific and well defined segment of the population. Niches do not 'exist' but are 'created' by identifying needs, wants, and requirements that are being addressed poorly or not at all by other firms, and developing and delivering goods or services to satisfy them. As a strategy, niche marketing is aimed at being a big fish in a small pond instead of being a small fish in a big pond. 

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March 5, 2015 

Reclaiming your personal time - With texting, e-mail, and social media, students and families can reach you 24/7 and now business activities creep into your personal time. Not to mention the unpaid time necessary to prepare for your students' weekly lessons...

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COMPETITIONS, EXAMS AND AUDITIONS – What to do when they don’t like the results

November 28, 2014 

Recitals, competitions and examinations can be great opportunities for our young music students. Competitions and recitals allow singers to perform for an appreciative audience, listen to other performers and receive constructive criticism on which to improve. But what can you do if families are unhappy with the results? 

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