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CPTP146: “Behind the Studio” with Amber Harnisch

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Nov 09 2018

I love hearing how teachers are getting on in their studios, and what new ideas they’re trying out. Amber Harnisch is definitely an inspiring example to follow.

She has diversified her studio over the past few years to include a mixture of pair, overlapping and one-on-one lessons. This has revolutionised her teaching and led to more opportunities for creativity – and more enjoyment for her.

Amber Harnisch

Amber has also recently created a company, and hired her first staff. Her commitment to mentoring the newer teachers is fantastic and I hope you enjoy hearing her story.


If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

Today’s Free Download

Amber has generously provided this fantastic checklist for you to use in your studio. This is such a useful resource and I hope you’ll take full advantage!

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How pair lessons work in Amber’s studio
  • Why creativity helps when teaching group lessons
  • What motivated Amber to switch to teaching pair lessons
  • How she transitioned to pair lessons and got parents on board
  • How Amber finds new students
  • Why you might want to register as a company
  • How mentorship fits into Amber’s plans

Links Mentioned

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Thank you for Tuning In!

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! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live.

Have you considered trying pair or overlapping lessons?

What has stopped you from giving it a go? Do you think you could try it now that you’ve heard how Amber does it?

Tim Topham

About the Author

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.

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