CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez - Creative Music Education

CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez

By Tim Topham | Group Piano

Sep 22


Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons.

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Listen to this episode and you’ll learn why changing to a group teaching studio is getting such a buzz (for students and parents) and how you can change your studio over. Debra will also help you assess whether group teaching really is a good fit for you – it’s not for everyone!

Tune in to hear from one of the masters of group teaching, and learn everything you need to know about this important transition.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Debra started her group teaching studio
  • Why she started mentoring and teaching other teachers
  • The mindset piece of the group teaching puzzle
  • How to learn not to micro-manage in your teaching
  • What are the biggest positives of group teaching for students and teachers
  • What parents really want from music lessons
  • How to make the switch to group lessons from private
  • How to educate your piano parents before changing over

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Have you made the switch to group teaching?

What was the biggest change for you? Is there anything you wish you had done differently?


About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  • Cheryl says:

    I don’t seem to be able to buy Debra’s books in Australia, nor does she seem to post to Australia, do you know how to obtain Way Cool Keyboarding here?

  • Debra Perez says:

    Hi Cheryl. Thank you for your interest in Way Cool Keyboarding. We have been distributing in the US, Canada and Mexico for several years but this is our first venture into Australia. I am happy for the opportunity to meet so many new teachers. Very cool!

    I have our fulfillment company discovering the most affordable way we can ship but will need a couple days before I can give you a solid answer. Will be back on the forum with more info. Thanks again, Debra

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