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Beyond Measure: A Podcast for Piano Teachers with Christina Whitlock

Beyond Measure: A Podcast for Piano Teachers with Christina Whitlock

By Christina Whitlock

Quick shout-outs of solidarity for music studio teachers with Christina: your “anytime” piano teacher friend
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Episode 67: Cheers to The Best Advice I Received as a Student

Beyond Measure: A Podcast for Piano Teachers with Christina WhitlockFeb 28, 2022

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129: Cheers to Atomic Habits by James Clear (Summer Bookshelf Tour)
Jun 05, 202317:25
BONUS EPISODE: Cheers to Continuing Legacies...
May 31, 202315:12
128: Cheers to Contemplating Change
May 29, 202327:05
127: Cheers to Measuring Progress
May 22, 202321:14
126: Cheers to Mixing Business with Compassion
May 15, 202318:49
125: Cheers to Music as the Ultimate Comfort
May 08, 202318:58
124: Cheers to Knowing When to Say Goodbye
May 01, 202320:55
123: Cheers to the Surprising Ones
Apr 24, 202315:10
122: Cheers to Building a Business that Supports Your Community
Apr 17, 202317:26
121: Cheers to the Sum of the Whole Experience
Apr 10, 202314:37
120: Cheers to Improving Your Teaching THIS Week
Apr 03, 202318:57
119: Cheers to Being Equally Human (a storytime episode)
Mar 27, 202317:40
118: Cheers to Conference Ponderings
Mar 20, 202326:42
117: Cheers to Being a Good Boss (to Yourself)
Mar 12, 202316:39
116: Cheers to Question Marks and Exclamation Points
Mar 06, 202308:58
115: Cheers to New Student Interviews
Feb 27, 202322:60
114: Cheers to Transfer Students
Feb 20, 202323:19
113: Cheers to Asking, "To Pass or Not to Pass" (an Age-Old Piano Teacher Question)
Feb 13, 202321:19
112: Cheers to The Case for Routine in Piano Lessons
Feb 06, 202321:11
111: Cheers to an ENCORE replay: Adjudication Success
Jan 30, 202318:29
110: Cheers to "Replay Strategies" in the Piano Lesson
Jan 23, 202320:30
109: Cheers to Examining Your Lesson Structure
Jan 16, 202316:51
108: Cheers to Un-Hurrying Your Elementary-Aged Students
Jan 09, 202319:19
107: Cheers to Being On Your Way

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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Jan 02, 202316:44
106: Cheers to A Thrill of Hope
Dec 19, 202216:48
105: Cheers to Saying It Out Loud
Dec 12, 202218:50
104: Cheers to the Upcoming Gift of January
Dec 05, 202215:30
103: Cheers to The (Often-Debated) Value of University Education

103: Cheers to The (Often-Debated) Value of University Education

Today, I'm tackling that all-too-often-debated question of the value of collegiate education for studio music teachers. While you listen, you can find me hiding behind a rock. Haha!



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Nov 21, 202221:33
102: Cheers to Understanding the Student in Front of You
Nov 14, 202221:50
101: Cheers to Reframing "Mistakes"
Nov 07, 202218:42
100: Cheers to Showing Up (and 100 Episodes!)
Oct 31, 202231:12
099: Cheers to Experience > Correction
Oct 24, 202218:09
098: Cheers to the Secret Reason We Overschedule Ourselves
Oct 17, 202215:48
097: Cheers to Unique Creative Ambition

097: Cheers to Unique Creative Ambition

Today, we tackle those desires, ideas, and passions that are uniquely YOURS.




Connect with Christina:




Support the podcast by
joining the Patreon Community 





Join the email list by clicking here





Book an individual consultation with Christina right here 





Related Episodes:




Episode 33:  Crazy Talk





Episode 57:  Naming What You Want





Episode 82: The Creative Life







Email anytime at beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com

Oct 10, 202217:55
096: Cheers to Naming Your Studio Vibe
Oct 03, 202222:35
095: Cheers to Rethinking Team Sports
Sep 26, 202223:29
094: An Extended Toast to Fall Transitions
Sep 12, 202208:16
093: Cheers to Principles of Written Communication
Sep 05, 202218:56
092: Cheers to Increasing Parental Communications (AKA: MY Primary Goal for This Academic Year)

092: Cheers to Increasing Parental Communications (AKA: MY Primary Goal for This Academic Year)

As promised, today I'm unveiling *MY* primary studio goal for the upcoming academic year.  





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Related Episodes:





Episode 14:  Cheers to Studio Evaluations (click here to listen)




Episode 12:  Cheers to One Word (For Teachers) (click here to listen)




Episode 25:  Cheers to The Small Stuff (click here to listen)





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Aug 29, 202222:39
091: Cheers to Goal-Setting That Works

091: Cheers to Goal-Setting That Works

In a profession constantly unveiling new ideas and materials, musicians rarely need help setting goals.  Instead, our challenge is often LIMITING our goals in a reasonable way.  Today, we trouble-shoot our goals for a new academic year together.




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Related Episodes:



Episode 45:  Naming Your Objective




Episode 12:  One Word for Teachers (for those wanting more help in the PLANNING department)




Episode 83:  Relationships and Results (for those wanting more help with CONNECTIONS)




Episode 29:  Acknowledging Rest (for those wanting help with REST)



Email anytime at beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com




Aug 22, 202221:16
090: Cheers to Handling Our Fall Scheduling Grievances
Aug 15, 202221:01
089: Cheers to Thinking Like a Beginner
Aug 08, 202222:40
088: Cheers to Graduating Seniors (and the lessons they teach us)

088: Cheers to Graduating Seniors (and the lessons they teach us)

Our students teach us every bit as much as we teach them.  This is especially true of graduating seniors.  Today, we chat about three key studio lessons learned from graduating seniors. 





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You might also be interested in:




Episode 3:  Cheers to Seasons  (listen here)




Episode 39:  Cheers to Making Peace with Student Exits  (listen here) 




Episode 42:  Cheers to Talking Less   (listen here)




Click Here  for a link to 40 of my favorite supplemental piano books (affiliate link)







Aug 01, 202222:48
087: Cheers to Valuing Your Time

087: Cheers to Valuing Your Time

This episode is in response to the MANY conversations I've had with listeners the past two weeks as we've discussed studio numbers.  I'm sharing my best strategy when it comes to deciding how to value your time.  




Mentioned in this episode: 



Support the Podcast for $3 or $6
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Connect with Christina: Join the mailing list by clicking here 



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Like this episode?  You might enjoy: 



Episode 37:  Cheers to Money Talk (listen here) 



Episode 53:  Cheers to Considering Exceptions (listen here) 



Episode 60:  Cheers to "Spending" Time (listen here) 





Email anytime:  beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com

Jul 25, 202219:22
086: Cheers to Downsizing Your Studio Roster

086: Cheers to Downsizing Your Studio Roster

Today's episode features a hefty discussion of the mindset involved in downsizing your studio - for whatever the reason(s) may be. 





Mentioned in this episode:




Support the Podcast for $3 or $6
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Connect with Christina:  Join the mailing list by clicking here



Book a Consultation by clicking here



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Like this episode?  You might enjoy:



Episode 37:  Cheers to Money Talk (listen here)



Episode 79:  Cheers to Work AND Heart (listen here)



Episode 86:  Cheers to Finding More Students (listen here)



Email anytime:  beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com

Jul 18, 202223:09
085: Cheers to Finding More Students

085: Cheers to Finding More Students

Today, we chat about my #1 tip for finding new students (along with a few others).  




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Support the Podcast for $3 or $6
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Connect with Christina:  Join the mailing list by clicking here  


Follow me on Instagram by clicking here  


Follow me on Facebook by clicking here  



Like this episode?  You might enjoy:  


Episode 3:  Cheers to Seasons (listen here)  


Episode 30:  Cheers to YOUR Local Teacher Friends (listen here)   


Episode 31:  Cheers to Challenging Colleagues (listen here) 




Email anytime:  beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com 

Jul 11, 202219:27
084: Cheers to a Summer Favorite

084: Cheers to a Summer Favorite

Today, I’m re-sharing a favorite episode from last summer. I hope it gets your creative teacher brains turning in positive directions toward the school year ahead. 


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Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 28: Cheers to My Happy Birthday Obsession (listen here)



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Jul 04, 202221:58
Episode 83: Cheers to Relationships and Results

Episode 83: Cheers to Relationships and Results

Today we talk about the importance of focusing on relationships, rather than results.  


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Related Episodes:


Listen to episode 63 (Cheers to Recurring Life Lesson) by clicking here


Listen to episode 30 (Cheers to YOUR Local Teacher Friends) by clicking here


More with Christina:


Support the podcast on Patreon


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Contact me any time at beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jun 27, 202214:56
Episode 82: Cheers to the Creative Life

Episode 82: Cheers to the Creative Life

Today we celebrate (and recommit to) the importance of the Creative Life.


Mentioned in this Episode:


Episode 41 of the Beyond Measure Podcast:  
listen here


Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule:  read the piece here


Join the Patreon Community:  click here for details


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Join my List of Email Buddies: Email Buddies (mailchi.mp)


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Jun 20, 202219:15
Episode 81:  Cheers to 40 Lessons Learned
Jun 13, 202217:21
Episode 80: Cheers to Mentoring Relationships

Episode 80: Cheers to Mentoring Relationships

Today we talk about the importance of mentoring relationships in studio teacher life.  


Mentioned in this Episode: 


Episode 30:  Cheers to Your Local Teacher Friends
click here 


Episode 31:  Cheers to Challenging Colleagues click here 


JOIN THE PATREON COMMUNITY:  click here 


More of Christina Whitlock: 


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Jun 06, 202221:09
Episode 79: Cheers to Work AND Heart
May 23, 202218:21
Episode 78:  Cheers to Wrapping Up a School Year

Episode 78: Cheers to Wrapping Up a School Year

Today, Christina shares four considerations for wrapping up an academic year.


Mentioned in this Episode:


Episode 20:  Cheers to Preserving Gratitude
click here


More of Christina Whitlock:


For my (free!) Weekly Reflections Printable, click here


For info on my summer study for high schoolers click here


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May 16, 202219:33
Episode 77:  Cheers to Highlighting Accomplishments
May 09, 202214:35
Episode 76: Cheers to My Zero-Energy List
May 02, 202221:32
Episode 75: Cheers to Recital Magic

Episode 75: Cheers to Recital Magic

Today’s episode is an impromptu set of post-recital reflections, geared towards making sure teachers aren’t guilty of missing the magic of recital time.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 26:  Cheers to Recital Success (part 1)
click here


Episode 27:  Cheers to Recital Success (part 2) click here


Piano Pantry Podcast, Episode 16:  Recital Planning Made Easy click here


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Apr 25, 202222:28
Episode 74: Cheers to the Chatty Ones

Episode 74: Cheers to the Chatty Ones

Today we talk strategy when it comes to those strong verbal processors (aka: The Chatty Ones).  



Mentioned in this Episode:



Episode 5:  Cheers to the Quiet Ones
click here


Episode 61:  Cheers to the Challenging Ones click here


Episode 14:  Cheers to Student Evaluations click here


More of Christina Whitlock:

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Apr 18, 202219:31
Episode 73: Cheers to Being a Teacher in the World
Apr 11, 202210:54
Episode 72: Cheers to Better than Perfect
Apr 04, 202216:17
Episode 71:  Cheers to Bouncing Back When You Disappoint Yourself
Mar 28, 202221:32
Episode 70: Cheers to a Pep Talk for Spring

Episode 70: Cheers to a Pep Talk for Spring

There’s a lot to love about spring, but the teacher’s schedule is not necessarily one of them…



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Mar 21, 202220:12
Episode 69:  Cheers to Studio Families (A Spring Break Replay)
Mar 14, 202218:59
Episode 68: Cheers to Symbiotic Studio Relationships

Episode 68: Cheers to Symbiotic Studio Relationships

Today's episode tells the story of how a 4th grade Latin lesson led me to one of my most fundamental beliefs about our studio relationships.  Mentioned in this Episode: Support the Podcast (and gain access to our monthly Zoom Party) by clicking here Join my list of Email Buddies by clicking here Reserve a teacher consultation by contacting me here Email anytime at beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com

Mar 07, 202220:23
Episode 67: Cheers to The Best Advice I Received as a Student

Episode 67: Cheers to The Best Advice I Received as a Student

What do driving a car and performing a musical instrument have in common? It turns out, a lot…


Mentioned in this Episode:




Listen to Episode 16:  Cheers to Page-Turning Stories
by clicking here


Get YOUR copy of my Performance Journal by clicking here 


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Feb 28, 202213:23
Episode 66: Cheers to Preparing Students for Performance (Part 3: Action Items)
Feb 21, 202221:49
Episode 65: Cheers to Preparing Students for Performance (Part 2: Mindset)
Feb 14, 202222:60
Episode 64:  Cheers to Preparing Students for Performance (Part 1: Timelines)
Feb 07, 202223:42
Episode 63: Cheers to Recurring Life Lessons
Jan 31, 202215:16
Episode 62:  Cheers to Not Missing the Point
Jan 24, 202216:27
Episode 61: Cheers to the Challenging Ones
Jan 17, 202220:36
Episode 60: Cheers to “Spending” Time
Jan 10, 202219:00
Episode 59: Cheers to Welcoming 2022
Jan 03, 202213:33
Episode 58: Cheers to Wrapping Up 2021

Episode 58: Cheers to Wrapping Up 2021

Short and sweet, this extended toast is being offered up today in hopes of encouraging you to reflect on your most important points of growth in 2021.
Dec 27, 202107:34
Episode 57: Cheers to Naming What You Want

Episode 57: Cheers to Naming What You Want

Being in a service-oriented profession, I think we can sometimes get lost in thinking of the many needs/wants of our clients, and lose sight of our own desires. Today is the day to name what YOU want, my friends! It doesn’t mean you have to take any kind of action, but admitting your heart’s desire is an important step in finding contentment in our profession (and in life, for that matter).
Dec 20, 202110:13
Episode 56: Cheers to Embracing Change
Dec 13, 202114:16
Episode 55: Cheers to Making Favors Known

Episode 55: Cheers to Making Favors Known

After spending the last two weeks talking about avoiding exceptions, I thought it fitting to wrap up this series by acknowledging The Art of Doing Favors. I cringe a little at how calculated it feels to speak these truths out loud, but it’s also a message I am certain teachers need to hear. PS: Cheers to 10,000 downloads! 🥂
Dec 06, 202116:47
Episode 54: Cheers to Sanity-Saving Policies
Nov 29, 202119:48
Episode 53: Cheers to Considering Exceptions
Nov 22, 202114:51
Episode 52: Cheers to Navigating a Lesson When Your Student Hasn’t Practiced
Nov 15, 202122:58
Episode 51: Cheers to My Practice Manifesto

Episode 51: Cheers to My Practice Manifesto

Student practice is an undeniable staple of music study success. But - as any seasoned studio teacher knows, some students take this expectation more seriously than others. Today, we consider if there is room for improvement in our mindset when students fall short of our practice expectations.
Nov 08, 202118:51
Episode 50: Cheers to Your Questions…and My Answers

Episode 50: Cheers to Your Questions…and My Answers

In our first-ever Q+A episode, Christina tackles listener questions.
Nov 01, 202117:47
Episode 49: Cheers to My Rule of Three

Episode 49: Cheers to My Rule of Three

Join Christina for an introduction to the Rule of Three: her favorite piece of marital-advice-turned-teaching-strategy.
Oct 25, 202117:30
Episode 48: Cheers to Your Inner Critic (a follow-up)

Episode 48: Cheers to Your Inner Critic (a follow-up)

Responses to last week’s episode on dealing with our inner critics were so strong, I felt it worthy of our time to spend a second week talking about those nagging fears that run through our brains. Today, I’m (over?)sharing a deep-dive of my own experience trying to learn from the critical dialogue inside my mind. I hope it helps you find peace.
Oct 18, 202119:17
Episode 47: Cheers to Your Inner Critic

Episode 47: Cheers to Your Inner Critic

In a society that often tells us to ignore/stomp/conquer our inner-critics, I’m offering an alternative perspective today.
Oct 11, 202117:58
Episode 46: Cheers to Lessons Learned (and Confirmed)

Episode 46: Cheers to Lessons Learned (and Confirmed)

The Beyond Measure Podcast turns ONE today (well, technically, tomorrow…)! 🥳

In celebration, I am sharing four big takeaways from this year in the Creative Life.

PS: I’m also hosting a giveaway! Follow me on Instagram/Facebook for details (@beyondmeasurepodcast) or send me an email at beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.

Giveaway is sponsored by yours truly and is not affiliated with any platform. Entries must be received by 12:00pm, Eastern time, on Saturday, October 9th.

Thanks, friends!
Oct 04, 202121:11
Episode 45: Cheers to Naming Your Objective

Episode 45: Cheers to Naming Your Objective

One of my most beneficial takeaways from graduate school was the importance of naming my objective: in lesson planning, in practice, and pretty much everywhere else. Today, I’m sharing more on this game-changing question with you.
Sep 27, 202114:14
Episode 44: Cheers to the Relentless Defense of Imagination

Episode 44: Cheers to the Relentless Defense of Imagination

I think most music teachers would agree that Imagination and Creativity rank pretty high on our list of human priorities. BUT - how many times do we unintentionally shut those qualities down with the young people in our lives? Join me for a kick-in-the-pants reminder that we have a responsibility to encourage imagination in our studios.
Sep 20, 202117:02
Episode 43: Cheers to Studio Mantras

Episode 43: Cheers to Studio Mantras

Keeping with last week’s theme of making our words count, Christina shares a simple yearly practice of selecting a studio mantra to help make lasting change in our students’ mindsets. If you decide on a studio motto for the year, please share it!
Sep 13, 202122:22
Episode 42: Cheers to Talking Less

Episode 42: Cheers to Talking Less

The ability to speak succinctly is a strength in many effective educators, but it doesn’t always come naturally to us. Let’s ponder together how we can use our words more effectively in lessons.
Sep 06, 202116:54
Episode 41: Cheers to Solid Before Spectacular

Episode 41: Cheers to Solid Before Spectacular

With the definite risk of oversharing, today I talk about the importance of being solid, before striving for spectacular.

This is a common struggle amongst teachers and students alike, and…

Thanks to journalist Phil Ponce…

Who gave some great advice to Charles Wheelan…

Who wrote a book Emily P. Freeman spoke about in episode 127 of her The Next Right Thing podcast…

Which your Anytime Piano Teacher Friend resonated deeply with…

We now have a very wise commandment to examine: Don’t try to be great, just be solid.

(And that, my friends, is the power of sharing ideas with others) 💡
Aug 30, 202119:55
Episode 40: Cheers to Pulling Yourself Out of a Funk

Episode 40: Cheers to Pulling Yourself Out of a Funk

Even the most enthusiastic teachers have days that feel hard. Today we’re talking about my favorite tips to get yourself in a better headspace before teaching. Cheers to getting out of the pit, my friends!
Aug 23, 202121:38
Episode 39: Cheers to Making Peace with Student Exits

Episode 39: Cheers to Making Peace with Student Exits

Today, we tackle everyone’s least-favorite truth of teaching: Sometimes, students quit. It’s gut-wrenchingly hard not to take it personally, but making peace with student goodbyes is an important part of finding long-term happiness in our profession. Take this episode as a big, collective hug for all teacherkind.
Aug 16, 202121:08
Episode 38: Cheers to a Less-Conventional August

Episode 38: Cheers to a Less-Conventional August

Getting back into the swing of a new academic year can often feel like an uphill battle. Today, Christina shares a few less-conventional approaches to the month of August, just in time to get you thinking of your own way to shake things up! Cheers to thinking outside the box, friends!
Jul 19, 202121:43
Episode 37: Cheers to Money Talk

Episode 37: Cheers to Money Talk

Talking about money may be one of the least-loved aspects of running an independent music studio, but (of course!) it’s necessary to do so comfortably. Consider this episode a knowing reminder that - yes - placing monetary value on our abilities IS a challenge…but we can, indeed, do difficult things. Cheers!
Jul 12, 202118:34
Episode 36: Cheers to Teacher Truths

Episode 36: Cheers to Teacher Truths

Today’s episode features three of my “12 Teacher Truths” I use in pedagogy courses for pre-college and university students. It’s a random sampling of “big picture” lessons I’ve learned in 25 years as a private piano teacher. Feedback and/or requests for more are welcome, and can be sent to beyondmeasurepodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.
Jul 05, 202118:34
Episode 35: Cheers to Easier Than You Think

Episode 35: Cheers to Easier Than You Think

How many times do we lose sleep over a looming change, only to realize later the THOUGHT of making change was *so* much harder than actually making the change? If you are prepping for new policies, income streams, or life changes in the upcoming academic year, this is the episode for you today. Cheers to living our best lives!
Jun 28, 202116:59
Episode 34: Cheers to Online Engagement

Episode 34: Cheers to Online Engagement

In this SUPERSIZED episode, Christina shares her Top 10 personal rules for interacting with other teachers online. Brace yourself for LOTS of content, friends! There’s plenty here for everyone.
Jun 21, 202126:37
Episode 33: Cheers to Crazy Talk

Episode 33: Cheers to Crazy Talk

By necessity, independent music teachers tend to be a fairly rational bunch. BUT - when was the last time you let your imagination go a little “crazy”? Join me as we venture down a frivolous path...for very important reasons.
Jun 14, 202119:23
Episode 32: Cheers to “Tell Me More”

Episode 32: Cheers to “Tell Me More”

Today, we’re talking about a game-changing phrase that can make us better educators, as well as better humans. Big claim? You bet. I dare you to give it a try!
Jun 07, 202116:49
Episode 31: Cheers to Challenging Colleagues

Episode 31: Cheers to Challenging Colleagues

Last week was all warm and fuzzy, as we talked about the benefits of befriending our local colleagues...but let’s face it: some people are easier to get along with than others! Today we ponder “those” teachers - the ones who are harder to talk to, or who seem completely uninterested in working with you. Buckle up as we tackle a tricky subject! It’s a good one.
May 31, 202118:38
Episode 30: Cheers to YOUR Local Teacher Friends

Episode 30: Cheers to YOUR Local Teacher Friends

Beyond Measure is BACK after a refreshing 2-week hiatus, and today Christina is offering up her #1 piece of advice for new (or, for that matter, ANY) independent teachers. Take a listen!
May 24, 202119:08
Episode 29: Cheers to Acknowledging Rest

Episode 29: Cheers to Acknowledging Rest

Let’s face it: especially this time of year, rest is HARD for ambitious teachers. Rather than making you feel guilty for not incorporating more white space into your spring schedule, this episode encourages us to acknowledge the rest that comes - intentionally or not - and to embrace it for the benefits it brings.
May 03, 202121:06
Episode 28: Cheers to My Happy Birthday Obsession

Episode 28: Cheers to My Happy Birthday Obsession

The Happy Birthday song is one of the most frequent requests musicians receive, at every level of study. It also serves as a treasure trove of actionable music theory, so let’s make a pact to revisit this familiar tune in our teaching this week.
Apr 26, 202123:30
Episode 27: Cheers to Recital Success (part 2)

Episode 27: Cheers to Recital Success (part 2)

Your Anytime Piano Teacher Friend is back with the motherload of recital thoughts in today’s episode. Let’s get excited about recital possibilities!
Apr 19, 202124:36
Episode 26: Cheers to Recital Success (part 1)

Episode 26: Cheers to Recital Success (part 1)

Recitals get a bum reputation sometimes, but they hold enormous potential for happy students and happy families! Today we’re chatting about outside-the-box approaches to the start of your Studio Recital.
Apr 12, 202120:29
Episode 25: Cheers to The Small Stuff

Episode 25: Cheers to The Small Stuff

Today we’re talking about the importance of paying attention to The Small Stuff, because it’s oftentimes more significant than it appears.
Apr 05, 202120:14
Episode 24: Cheers to Adjudication Success

Episode 24: Cheers to Adjudication Success

Many of us get requests to adjudicate events throughout the year, but judges’ training is often minimal, at best. This episode seeks to help teachers approach adjudication with a healthy mindset; setting students up for the best possible experience.
Mar 29, 202118:59
Episode 23: Cheers to The Musician You Are Today

Episode 23: Cheers to The Musician You Are Today

For all its (countless!) benefits, music study can sometimes foster a sneaky spirit of discontentment. After all, none of us got to where we are without relentlessly chasing “the next step”. If we are truly helping students develop a lifelong desire to make music, it’s important we help them celebrate what they can do TODAY.
Mar 22, 202118:15
Episode 22: Cheers to Questioning Techniques

Episode 22: Cheers to Questioning Techniques

Asking more questions is a (nearly) fool-proof way to deepen the engagement level of your students. Let’s encourage those critical thinking skills by asking more and explaining less.
Mar 15, 202116:33
Episode 21: Cheers to Considering Performance Anxiety

Episode 21: Cheers to Considering Performance Anxiety

There are volumes upon volumes of research concerning the best ways to cope with performance anxiety available, but today I’m offering up three points often left out of the conversation. Cheers to feeling our feelings, but doing the tough stuff anyway!
Mar 08, 202119:46
Episode 20: Cheers to Preserving Gratitude

Episode 20: Cheers to Preserving Gratitude

What’s a teacher to do when we know our brain holds tight to negative feedback, while dismissing positive words much-too-quickly? Let’s figure it out together, friends.
Mar 01, 202120:28
Episode 19: Cheers to Making the Most of Online Lessons

Episode 19: Cheers to Making the Most of Online Lessons

Ah, virtual lessons: love ‘em or hate ‘em, their existence in our profession is, at this point, inevitable. Let’s take a look at what works - and what doesn’t - in the world of online teaching.
Feb 22, 202123:59
Episode 18: Cheers to Teacher Warm-Ups

Episode 18: Cheers to Teacher Warm-Ups

I probably don’t have to sell you on the importance of warming-up as a musician, but have you ever considered what you do to warm-up as a teacher? If not, you may be surprised how beneficial it can be.
Feb 15, 202117:26
Episode 17: Cheers to Finishing “Up”

Episode 17: Cheers to Finishing “Up”

In recent years it has dawned on me how much more attention we give the START of our lessons than the END of our time together. Let’s make a pact to start being more intentional about the spirit in which we are sending students out of their lessons each week.
Feb 08, 202116:10
Episode 16: Cheers to Page Turning Stories

Episode 16: Cheers to Page Turning Stories

A recent restless night led me to realize I have a strange number of memories connected to the often-uncelebrated role of page turning. Join me for a few light-hearted stories with one very unusual connecting thread.
Feb 01, 202116:34
Episode 15: Cheers to Asking Questions

Episode 15: Cheers to Asking Questions

As we wrap up the New Year Series on self-reflection practices for music teachers, I am suggesting two simple-but-effective questions for you to revisit from time to time. I’m also offering up a free (for now!) printable to help make self-reflection a more accessible part of your teaching life.
Jan 25, 202116:06
Episode 14: Cheers to Student Evaluations

Episode 14: Cheers to Student Evaluations

Writing student evaluations can feel like a daunting task, but - done right - it can be a mutually-beneficial part of the studio experience you offer. As you’ve come to expect, your Anytime Piano Teacher Friend is here to help you make this process as simple as possible. Let’s communicate better this year!
Jan 18, 202122:05
Episode 13: Cheers to Simple Philosophy-Building

Episode 13: Cheers to Simple Philosophy-Building

A written philosophy of teaching can be enormously helpful in many ways, but - like so many things - we tend to make it harder than it needs to be. Listen in for a simple strategy to help you define exactly who you are as an educator.
Jan 11, 202117:51
Episode 12: Cheers to One Word (for Teachers)

Episode 12: Cheers to One Word (for Teachers)

Today’s episode puts a teacher-twist on the traditional “One Word” Philosophy. This tried-and-true strategy helps busy teachers keep focused on what matters most.
Jan 04, 202125:39
Episode 11: Cheers to Believing the Best

Episode 11: Cheers to Believing the Best

2020 has put us all through the wringer (and a few spin cycles!). Listen in for a mini-guide to understanding conflict with studio families and how to find common ground in times of conflict. Take a deep breath and remember: you bring about what you think about.
Dec 14, 202019:22
Episode 10: Cheers to Holiday (Re)Considerations, Part 2

Episode 10: Cheers to Holiday (Re)Considerations, Part 2

Join me for the second (and final) brainstorm of holiday studio activities this year. There’s a little something for everyone here!
Dec 07, 202019:21
Episode 9: Cheers to Holiday (Re)Considerations - Part 1

Episode 9: Cheers to Holiday (Re)Considerations - Part 1

Traditions can be lovely, but can also leave us stuck in the status-quo, giving us very little return on investment. Let’s take some time to (re)consider our holiday studio approaches and find traditions that will continue to foster a lifelong love of sharing music.
Nov 30, 202024:33
Episode 8: Cheers to Giving Thanks

Episode 8: Cheers to Giving Thanks

As creatives, it’s important to make sure we are supporting our own. So, today, we celebrate and give thanks for those artists who are helping make our (challenging) world brighter, one contribution at a time.
Nov 23, 202018:48
Episode 7: Cheers to Laughter

Episode 7: Cheers to Laughter

As you and I continue to build our podcast friendship, I thought it was time we simply shared a few laughs (the kind only other music teachers can truly appreciate!). Join me for a lighthearted peek into my early searches for a flute teacher. As always, there’s learning to be found in the laughter if we pay attention.
Nov 16, 202022:06
Episode 6: Cheers to Being Wrong

Episode 6: Cheers to Being Wrong

I know it’s hard to believe - but none of us are right 100% of the time (even music teachers!). Today, I’m providing a safe space for you to consider what you might be wrong about. Sounds fun, right? (insert sarcastic laughter here) - Open your mind and let’s give it a try.
Nov 09, 202018:53
Episode 5: Cheers to the Quiet Ones

Episode 5: Cheers to the Quiet Ones

Teaching fact #792: We never know exactly what our quiet students are thinking. Let’s ponder hard-to-read students and explore three principles for creating the best-possible musical experiences for them.
Nov 02, 202022:20
Episode 4: Cheers to Why

Episode 4: Cheers to Why

Join me for a reflective episode today, as we consider the very first question I was asked in my first piano pedagogy course. (Note: it’s still oh-so-applicable today).
Oct 26, 202018:43
Episode 3: Cheers to Seasons

Episode 3: Cheers to Seasons

Whether we take the time to notice it or not, our studios steadily change seasons from year to year. Take a deep breath (and a break from planning the future) to contemplate - and appreciate - the season you are in right now.
Oct 19, 202015:35
Episode 2: Cheers to Enough

Episode 2: Cheers to Enough

The term “enough” is dicey for musicians. We know there is never “enough” practice time, and we often feel like we’re not covering “enough” in our lessons...but what does that really even mean? How do we begin to quantify what is, truly, enough?
Oct 12, 202020:58
Episode 1: Cheers to Teachers!

Episode 1: Cheers to Teachers!

Pandemic life or not, only music teachers know how much of our time and energy it *actually* takes to keep our studios humming. Take a few minutes and join me for a celebration of us. I know you’ve earned it.
Oct 05, 202024:44
Trailer

Trailer

An under-sixty-second glimpse of the Beyond Measure Podcast with Christina Whitlock.
Aug 29, 202000:58