Studio Reboot


Anne Sullivan taught music theory and ear training at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982–2002. She teaches harp at the University of Delaware and helps harpists find harp happiness at

How to refocus your teaching when it’s time for a change

Student scenario #1: I’ve been teaching for quite a while, but it’s always been a matter of squeezing lessons into my schedule. I haven’t been intentional about making my teaching a real part of my harp life, instead of just something on the side. But now I think I’d like to concentrate more on teaching and take on more students, and to do that I need to up my game. How do I start?

Student scenario #2: I’d really love to give my teaching a more professional feel. I think it would help me make a little more income from teaching, and I also think it would motivate my students and their parents to treat their lessons with a little more respect. What can I do to rebrand my studio?

Whether you have four students or 40, there are several worthwhile reasons you might consider a studio reboot. This is more than just redecorating your harp room. A true reboot will help you better align your teaching philosophy with your day-to-day reality. It is an opportunity to make your studio a business that reflects you­­­—your outlook on teaching, your own harp life, your personal style, and your lifestyle goals.

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