Teaching by Example


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

Show your students how to handle a frenzied  holiday season with calm

Student Scenario #1: As the holidays approach, I am extra busy with all my playing engagements in addition to my teaching. The students don’t focus very well either. I don’t want to cancel all my teaching during this time, but I’m not sure how much we actually accomplish in a lesson when I’m so busy and they’re so distracted. Should I just let it all go until January?

Student Scenario #2: My students are always so scattered at the holiday season. They have school, orchestra, and church concerts, and preparing for those completely destroys my lesson plans. They sometimes cancel lessons because they are overbooked, and that makes the situation even worse. How can I help them stay on track, learn all their music, and keep myself from getting so frustrated?

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