Does teaching leave you depleted (and rather guilty when you’re too tired to parent properly after work?) In this show with Rosemarie Penner, we’ll learn about balancing family life and piano teaching.
Rosemarie is a mother, teacher and entrepreneur. Like her, we have all struggled with balancing our time and energy between all the things we want and need to do, especially during this lockdown period. But she reminds us that you can do it with the right plan and support system.
This conversation is the first of a two-part series where Rosemarie and I unpack how to avoid burnout, set realistic expectations, create healthy routines, communicate with family, and keep track of the things you have to do. You’ll especially love hearing about Rosemarie’s Ladder of Priorities which helps her get the right balance in work and life.
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Rosemarie is a writer and boutique piano studio owner who has been teaching for over a decade. She has a bachelor of education with a focus on special needs education. Her website, The Unfinished Lesson, is her guide to all the skills that take teaching and running a business from overwhelming to fulfilling, She provides creative strategies and smart tech ideas to solve the challenges of running a business while keeping students coming back for more. When she’s not teaching, Rosemarie loves spending time with family, baking, drinking tea, and baking vegan goods.
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In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.