Beyond Measure: A Podcast for Piano Teachers with Christina WhitlockJun 21, 2021
Encore Replay: Cheers to the Upcoming GIFT of January (originally Episode 104)
While it may seem premature to be talking about January, today I'm share a key consideration to making sure you kick off 2024 on your "A" Game.
View complete shownotes for this episode at ChristinaWhitlock.com/Replay104
Encore Replay: Cheers to Solid Before Spectacular (originally Episode 041)
Today's Encore Replay features a real "ah-ha" moment in my life, and I hope it has a similar impact on yours.
Find a written transcript, all links mentioned, suggested follow-up episodes, and more at ChristinaWhitlock.com/Replay041.
Encore Replay: Cheers to Experience > Correction (originally Episode 99)
Today's replay features one of "those" episodes: the ones that end up teaching *me* just as much as I hope it teaches *you*.
Find a complete transcript, related links, and more at ChristinaWhitlock.com/replay099
Encore Replay: Cheers to My Rule of Three (originally episode 049)
In the first of the year-end Encore Replays, Christina introduces her Rule of Three (episode 049).
Year-End Encore Replays feature a new intro/outro, plus a classic episode that bears repeating.
Complete shownotes - including a transcript, related episodes, and more - can be found at ChristinaWhitlock.com/Replay049
150: Cheers to Taking Time Away from Teaching
Today's episode reminds us: Just because you *can* teach without taking a break, it doesn't mean you *should*. Join Christina as she shares three primary reasons why you need to incorporate more time off in your next studio calendar.
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149: Cheers to The Best Advice for Studio Parents
Years ago, I happened upon a piece of parenting advice that really stuck with my Teacher Brain. Today, I'm sharing it with you, in hopes it will help you, and - perhaps - your studio parents.
Find the full shownotes for today's episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode149
148: Cheers to The Forgotten Step in Teaching Teenagers
If there's one area studio music teachers can find solidarity in, it's navigating the struggles of those busy teenagers! Today, Christina shares one game-changing strategy to help make the most of your lesson year with these overscheduled students.
Find the complete episode notes - including the free download link - at christinawhitlock.com/episode148
147: Cheers to Goals as Stepping Stones (Not Destinations)
Today's episode makes an thought-provoking parallel between doing the laundry and music study. HINT: Both involve goals that are important to complete, yet are never truly finished. Join Christina for a lesser-explored perspective on goal-setting.
Find a written transcript for this episode, as well as links to related episodes and more at christinawhitlock.com/episode147
146: Cheers to the Irrevocable Title of Musician
Musicians are not defined by the number of hours they practice, the kinds of performances they give, or whether or not they have a teacher. Helping our students realize this (as well as reminding ourselves of the same) is an important step towards finding joy in making music.
Find related episodes and more in the shownotes for today's episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode146.
145: Cheers to "Kids These Days"
This one's been brewing for awhile, friends: It's time to take a tough look inward, recognizing how our expectations support the idea of making things better for up-and-coming generations, and - well - how they don't.
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144: Cheers to Prioritizing Lasting Value
Focus On That Which Will Last: These are words that save me ALL THE TIME in my personal and professional life. But what does this look like in studio music teacher life? That's what we're looking at in episode 144.
Find the shownotes for this episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode144
143: Cheers to Metronome Musings
Today, we're talking about finding success with the most polarizing device in all of music teaching: the metronome.
View related links and more in the shownotes for this episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode143
142: Cheers to Being Your Own Method
Inspired by the well-known philosophy of Frances Clark, today I'm sharing a handful of my (many!) thoughts related to the true role of a method series in our teaching.
Links mentioned today, as well as related episodes can be found at christinawhitlock.com/episode142
141: Cheers to The Things We Know (and the Things We Don't)
One of the fascinating mind games of MusicTeacherWorld is this: we have to simultaneously accept the fact that (1) we have much knowledge worth sharing, and (2) we have so much to learn. Today, Christina offers a permission slip to embrace BOTH of these truths.
Shownotes for today's episode can be found at christinawhitlock.com/episode141
140: Cheers to Identifying Emotional Labor in Teaching
Today, we talk about naming things that may have gone un-named in your studio. Listen in for an important discussion on the Emotional Labor of Teaching.
Visit the shownotes for today's episode AND register for next week's webinar at christinawhitlock.com/episode140
139: Cheers to BRAVERY in Communication
Today, Christina dishes out a bit of tough love for those of us (ahem) who are conflict-avoidant and prefer to "hide" behind written policies. Oh yeah, it's a good one...
Find links to TWO free downloads, the Patreon community, and a collection of GREAT previous episodes in today's shownotes at christinawhitlock.com/episode139.
138: Cheers to The Things We Do *Not* Do
Inspired by an enthusiastic response to a particular One Thought Thursday email, today we are BOLDLY naming the things we do NOT do.
Check out the links mentioned in today's episode and more at christinawhitlock.com/episode138
137: Cheers to Questions and Answers by Frances Clark (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
The ninth and FINAL stop on our summer bookshelf tour is here, friends! I am excited to wrap up this series with a timeless piano teacher classic.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode137 for ALL the details related to this episode, including links to all Summer Bookshelf Tour recommendations, related episodes, Studio Foundations Course details, and more.
136: Cheers to Under Pressure by Lisa Damour (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Today's episode covers a (maybe?) unlikely piano-teacher recommendation, exploring the "Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls". We are better teachers when we understand the struggles facing our students outside our studio walls, and Dr. Damour offers a thorough-yet-hopeful glimpse into her life's work here.
135: Cheers to The Ways Children Learn Music by Eric Bluestine (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Phew! This is a BIG topic to handle in my usually-bite-sized show. Listen in for ways I utilize MLT-inspired philosophies in my teaching.
Check out links to REAL MLT resources and more at christinawhitlock.com/episode135
134: Cheers to Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
133: Cheers to Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Today, we examine what I consider to be the Anthem of Creative Living for artists in many disciplines: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Episode notes and more can be found at christinawhitlock.com/episode133
132: Cheers to The Mindful Musician by Vanessa Cornett (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Our fourth stop on the Summer Bookshelf Tour is a fabulous journey into the world of mindfulness. It comes with an abundance of reflection tools, breathing exercises, and heaps of research to help us approach our students as informed educators. Join Christina for a peek into one of her must-reads for musicians.
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131: Cheers to The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Our third stop on the Summer Bookshelf Tour is a work I re-read every January because it's THAT good. The Gifts of Imperfection holds a multitude of truths for musicians, teachers, and humans alike.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode131 for related episodes, favorite things, ways to support the show, and more.
130: Cheers to Intelligent Music Teaching by Robert Duke (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Our second stop on the Summer Bookshelf Tour is Christina's most-recommended music text: Intelligent Music Teaching, by Robert Duke.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode130 for related episodes, registration for the Studio Foundations Course, and more.
129: Cheers to Atomic Habits by James Clear (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Cue the party horns! Today, Christina launches her first-ever SUMMER SERIES on the podcast. Each week through June/July, she will be sharing three takeaways from a book that has made a significant impact on her #MusicTeacherLife.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode129 for related episodes, info on the Studio Foundations Course, and so. much. more.
BONUS EPISODE: Cheers to Continuing Legacies...
SURPRISE, FRIENDS! It's my first-ever BONUS episode, focusing on my continued obsession with the legacies we learn from, and those we leave...
Visit christinawhitlock.com/BONUS1 to see Menahem Pressler's musical genealogy, as well as registration info for the Studio Foundations Course.
128: Cheers to Contemplating Change
Today's episode is part of a three-way podcast takeover, featuring myself, Nicola Cantan (of Vibrant Music Teaching), and Tim Topham (of Integrated Music Teaching).
We are all tackling the question of, "What three things you would change right now if you could?" and - let me tell you - our answers are ALL distinct and thought-provoking. You'll want to listen to all three podcasts, because they'll give you plenty things to ponder all summer long.
Catch MY three responses on Tim's show, The Integrated Music Teaching Podcast. You can find HIS responses on Nicola's show, The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast. That means you'll find Nicola featured here today on the Beyond Measure Podcast.
Phew! SO MUCH FUN.
Find links for all these shows - and more - at christinawhitlock.com/episode128
127: Cheers to Measuring Progress
Research shows standardized tests only measure academic progress for a specific type of student. Let's not be guilty of the same phenomenon when it comes to assessing progress in our music students.
Check out today's episode notes at christinawhitlock.com/episode127 for related episodes, Patreon Community info, and more.
126: Cheers to Mixing Business with Compassion
Find links to mentioned episodes, as well as the Summer Pedagogy Study for High Schoolers and more by visiting christinawhitlock.com/episode126
125: Cheers to Music as the Ultimate Comfort
Today, we talk about the serious distinction between music teacher and counselor, all while helping students discover music as a lifeline for difficult times.
For links to related episodes and more, visit christinawhitlock.com/episode125 .
124: Cheers to Knowing When to Say Goodbye
There seems to be a lot of chatter in TeacherWorld over dismissing students. Today, Christina explores when this is a necessary step, and when there might be other options.
For related episodes, and all kinds of other TeacherMagic, check out the shownotes for this episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode124
123: Cheers to the Surprising Ones
122: Cheers to Building a Business that Supports Your Community
We’re really going for it; talking about a rarely-discussed aspect of establishing tuition rates today. Money stirs up different emotions in all of us, but I hope this episode encourages the dreamer inside of you.
Find links to other money-related episodes, registration for upcoming Zoom calls, and more at christinawhitlock.com/episode122
121: Cheers to the Sum of the Whole Experience
Do you ever struggle to move on from a less-than-optimal lesson? Join Christina today as she reminds you of the importance of the sum of the whole.
For links to sign-up for the Insider Report email list, other relevant episodes to today's topic, etc., please visit christinawhitlock.com/episode121
120: Cheers to Improving Your Teaching THIS Week
Christina is summoning her Bossy Big Sister Energy to encourage you to do ONE specific thing, guaranteed to make you a more effective teacher this week. Curious? Listen in for more…
Links to the evaluation, Studio Foundations Course, recommended listens and more can be found at: christinawhitlock.com/episode120
119: Cheers to Being Equally Human (a storytime episode)
By listener request, a new "storytime" episode, focusing on a few favorite conference encounters - all bearing a poignant reminder that there are no superhumans among us. Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode119 for links to other storytime episodes, as well as information on how to sign up for TTT and the Studio Foundations Course.
118: Cheers to Conference Ponderings
On the brink of the 2023 MTNA National Conference, I am sharing some thoughts and tips related to conference attendance. Whether you are an active conference attendee or not, I believe this episode has relevant takeaways for all.
See christinawhitlock.com/episode 118 for links, discount codes, and lots of other good stuff.
117: Cheers to Being a Good Boss (to Yourself)
As (largely) self-employed professionals, we don't talk about "bosses" very often. Maybe we should....
Check out related links - and signup for the Beyond Measure email list - at christinawhitlock.com/episode117
116: Cheers to Question Marks and Exclamation Points
Sometimes, the simplest ideas have the greatest impact. Today, I'm sharing one small phrase that has helped me communicate with my students in a big way.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode116 for complimentary episodes to today's topic and more.
115: Cheers to New Student Interviews
Today we discuss a few highlights related to New Student Interviews. Before you bring new students into your studio, be sure to give this a listen.
Check out the shownotes for this episode at christinawhitlock.com/episode115 for links mentioned and related episode topics.
114: Cheers to Transfer Students
Today we explore transfer students and a handful of important considerations before bringing them into the studio.
Check out www.christinawhitlock.com/episode114 for more information on Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) and other relevant links to today's episode.
113: Cheers to Asking, "To Pass or Not to Pass" (an Age-Old Piano Teacher Question)
Today I tackle a listener's request to examine when it's time to stick it out with student repertoire, and when it's time to let it go.
Visit www.christinawhitlock/episode113 to sign up for the Insider Report and for other relevant links to today's episode.
112: Cheers to The Case for Routine in Piano Lessons
111: Cheers to an ENCORE replay: Adjudication Success
A case of laryngitis may have derailed Christina's plans for this episode, but she hopes you enjoy Plan B, which features a couple of new voices, a fan-favorite from WAY back in the archives, and a timely reminder of just how important our thoughtful feedback can be.
Visit christinawhitlock.com/episode111 for details and episodes related to this show.
110: Cheers to "Replay Strategies" in the Piano Lesson
Episode 110 continues to examine the way we sequence our lessons. Looking for alternatives to the endless cycle of "Assign-Practice-Pass-Repeat"? Today, we look at how "replay strategies" can help. Find related episodes and helpful links pertaining to today's episode by visiting https://christinawhitlock.com/episode110/
109: Cheers to Examining Your Lesson Structure
Episode 109 begs the question: Are you structuring your lesson in an optimal way? Listen in for some ideas to get you thinking.
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108: Cheers to Un-Hurrying Your Elementary-Aged Students
Why are we in such a hurry to get our younger students onto the next big thing? Well, it's time for a confession: I'm not. Listen in for more.
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107: Cheers to Being On Your Way
Join Christina for an important reminder at the start of a new calendar year.
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106: Cheers to A Thrill of Hope
The phrase "A Thrill of Hope" may come from a classic Christmas song, but it's a sentiment that holds value for me in my teaching all year long. I think you'll agree.
Links mentioned in this episode can be found by clicking here.