Why Music Teachers Must Have A Cancellation Policy–And Why A Clear Cancellation Policy Is Essential For Long Term Student And Teacher Success What is the most valuable commodity on the planet? The non-renewable, always diminishing stuff; which when used correctly yields every great thing, and when wasted is gone forever? It is time. This blog post is about YOUR TIME, and why as a music teacher, you must have a late cancellation policy if you value your time. I’ll discuss why student cancellations are a big issue, why having a late cancellation policy is morally and professionally right, and how to structure and explain your late cancellation policy; and I’ll even give you some great examples of late cancellation policies that work. Has This Ever Happened To You? You’re looking forward to a great day of teaching music. Your lesson plans are ready. Your instrument is tuned up. You’ve scheduled your day to be efficient, managing your energy to give your best to each stude
The Post-It Note Of Power Little tweaks in your environment help you get and stay on track. This works for lunch–and for practicing guitar! I think it would be a good idea if I took a lunch to work more often. Using up leftovers instead of getting lunch out is a WIN for the environment and proper respect for my wife’s awesome cooking! Eating home-cooked food means avoiding unhealthy fast: a WIN for my energy and health. Packing lunch means saving money: a WIN for my wallet. The problem is, even if I pack my lunch and put it in the fridge the night before in the morning rush, all too often I run out the door without it. Does this mean I’m a sucky person with low willpower? Not according to psychologist Benjamin Hardy, the author of Why Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discovering The Hidden Keys To Success. He says that willpower wears out if the environment doesn’t support it. The key to lasting change, he argues, is to create an environment that supports your goals. An
From Tiny Acorns, Mighty Oaks. From Little Chords, Mighty Songs. No matter what your master plan is, just take it one twig at a time. When I was a kid, my mom used to say, “From tiny acorns, mighty oaks.” She meant that small beginnings lead to great results over time. The little acorn spends years and years reaching up into the sky for the light and down into the earth for the water before it becomes a mighty oak. But the acorn doesn’t feel intimidated by its potential–it just grows. Lucky acorn! You and I also have the potential to grow into a bigger version of ourselves. Unlike the acorn, sometimes we can be intimidated by our own potential greatness. The acorn also doesn’t have to worry about whether to become an oak, or a spruce, or a pine, or an eagle or a stream. It just follows the oak plan. But unlike the acorn, you and I have thousands of possible healthy paths for growth. Isn’t that incredible?
Rock out to Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” guided by star teacher Michelangelo, featuring Madeline! Good luck and keep shredding! For more tutorials, click here. To take a lesson with Michelangelo, click here!
Be The Guitar Player You Wish To Be How Getting Better At Guitar, Having More Self Respect, And Creating A Better Society Are Kinda The Same Thing “…who is not busy being born is busy dying.”–Bob Dylan You and I are on a journey through time–and we are a little bit of a different person at each stage of the journey, at the end of each year, week and day. It’s not just physical transformations (according to the BrainStuff podcast we grow an entirely new skin every 2-4 weeks, and even completely replace our bones every 10 years or so). No matter what parameter we look at–physical, emotional or intellectual, we won’t be the same person living the same life by the end of the day! One change goes in just one direction–time. At the end of the day, we’ll (hopefully) be a day older! That’s non negotiable…and that happens to us all. But in every other respect, we also change. For example, I love playing guitar! And at the end of today, I’ll either be a lit
14 Two-Chord Guitar Songs For Beginners with D and G Guitar may take a lifetime to master–but unlike the harpsichord and trombone, beginning guitar players can start making beautiful and awesome music RIGHT AWAY. In fact, with only two chords, D Major and G Major, you can already start playing lots of amazing songs. But as a beginner, it can be hard to figure out songs which are simple enough to play along with. That’s why, in this blog post, I’m giving you a list of songs which can be played with only two chords–D and G. D and G are super beginner friendly…plus they are the very first two chords we teach in the NYC Guitar School Guitar for Absolute Beginner Class–meaning that this extremely handy blog post is also companion resources to NYCGS Beginner Class! Here’s a quick flow chart for what to do next. If you DON’T know D and G yet: Fear not, immediately either click this link for FREE and easy online tutorials on how to play those chords or sign up for a les
REALITY BASED PARENTING When We Try To Keep Our Kids Safe, Are We Actually Harming Them? I looked up from the New York Times online. “Hey, Miriam,” I asked my wife, “remember the park-bench-lady?” “The one who told us that if we didn’t make our kids stop jumping from park bench to park bench she’d call the police? How could I forget?” We were reading one of last week’s most shared articles in the NY Times, “Motherhood In The Age of Fear”, by Kim Brooks. The subtitle is “Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.” The piece obviously hit a nerve–there were almost 2,000 comments on the article in just a few days, and I was one of the tens of thousands of people who shared the article with others. Picture an idyllic scene. . . two children are leaping from a picnic table to a park bench outside a library, laughing, and occasionally falling on the grass. Another child, too small for bench jumping, runs in circles and als
**Or, gosh, a better anything! Dear NYC Guitar School Student, I know we’re all guitar players…but in order to learn to become better at guitar, for a moment, let’s pretend that instead you want to get REALLY STRONG, with FIRM and SHAPELY MUSCLES. Sound good? Objective: Firm, shapely and strong muscles. What will you do to achieve this objective? You decide to work out, of course. Lifting Air You say, “I’m gonna lift so much. I’m gonna start right now. I’m going to lay on my back, and push this air. In fact, every day, I’m gonna lay on my back and slam some air up into the air, ten times in a row. Then I’ll take a break and do it again, ten times. Here’s my workout! Workout: Lift air, 3 sets of 10, daily. What do you suppose your results will be? Not much! Your muscles might not even notice anything different–your muscle cells won’t be challenged. They won’t break. And they won’t regrow firmer and stronger. Workout: Lift air