Leila Viss + 88 Piano Keys

Are you are active in online piano teaching communities? If so, you probably know of Leila Viss.

Leila is known for helping teachers infuse their teaching with creativity. For example, she literally wrote the book on using the iPad in your piano studio. And Leila is a primary reason why piano students everywhere are hooked on bucket drumming.

Leila also heads the 88 Creative Keys Workshop in Denver each summer, along with Bradley Sowash, which is the most inspiring event I’ve ever attended as a teacher.

Leila wears many important hats in the field of piano pedagogy, including teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant.

We were excited when Leila asked us to build a new website for her, and can't wait to share it with you.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this post:

→ How we created a clear path for Leila’s website

→ Why it’s vital that YOUR website has a clear path

→ How to build that clear path for your website visitors

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Want a Stunning Website? Use Photos.

What’s your favorite website?

Why is it your favorite?

Chances are very good that it’s visually stunning.

A great website is well-organized, easy to navigate, clear in communicating information, and has strong SEO. However, those aren’t enough to wow your audience.

The “wow” factor in your studio website begins with your photos.

In this post, you’ll see what that “wow” factor looks like in a Colorado teacher's website.

You’ll learn how to get great photos of your own, and you’ll learn how to use them to build a website that parents can’t forget.

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Group Teaching Tools I Can't Live Without: Part 2

Have you noticed that group piano teaching is a hot topic among piano teachers right now?

Many teachers are trying out group lessons or are moving their studios to a group lesson model.

Preparing for group lessons looks very different than preparing for private lessons, and it's important to have the right tools when you are getting ready to work with groups.

In today’s post, I’m departing from our usual topic of studio websites to share more of my favorite group teaching resources with you.

You'll also learn how I am able to invest in high-quality resources and tools for my studio.

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Group Teaching Tools I Can't Live Without: Part 1

Have you noticed that group piano teaching is taking the pedagogy world by storm?

Many teachers are beginning to introduce group piano programs to their studios, and group lessons are proving to be deeply rewarding for teachers, students, and families.

I’ve taught group piano for two years now, and in that time I’ve found some incredible resources that have helped me to be successful as a group teacher.

In today’s post (and another coming in a few days), I’m departing from our usual topic of studio websites to share my favorite group teaching resources with you.

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Want Your Website to Support Big Studio Growth?

Ever wondered what it would look like to transform your studio website?

If you’ve been reading the Studio Rocket Web Design blog, you’ve seen a number of tips on how to make your website great.

In this post, you will see how these these elements helped us build a website to support big growth for a music teacher in California.

Do you need a little inspiration to get started on your own website? You will find it right here.

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Is Your Website Standing Out?

We are here to help you make your website great.

Stand-out great.

Having a great website largely depends on the design you use. The photos, colors, and layout of your website create the first impression of your studio, so it’s important to have a strong, attractive design.

Because it’s summer and fall enrollment is right around the corner, this is the perfect time to get your website in tip-top shape.

Here are 5 easy things you can do to make your website design stand-out great.

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The Magic of Color on Your Website

Ever admired another music studio website - without really knowing what was great about it?

Have you ever been to a website that had a magnetic quality you couldn’t quite explain?

There are a number of key elements in a great website, and some are so subtle that you don’t really notice them. One of those elements is color.

In this post, you’ll see some fantastic examples of websites that are using the power of color to create a sense of welcome and personality.

You’ll earn how much color is enough - and how much is too much.

You’ll be inspired to take another look at how you use color on your website.

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Facebook vs. Website: What Do You Really Need? Part 2

Want to know where Facebook may be failing your studio? 

Last week we talked about the unique value that a studio Facebook page can offer your business.

Now let’s go the other way.

In this post, you’ll see three ways that your studio’s representation on Facebook is severely limited.

You’ll also learn how those limits do not apply to your website, making it a highly-effective, powerful tool for growing your studio.


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Facebook vs. Website: What Do You Really Need? Part 1

The world is on Facebook, right?

It’s how your studio families share photos of their child performing in your recital.

It’s how parents in local Facebook groups ask for recommendations for music teachers.

It’s how we, as music teachers, network with each other.

So is it really necessary to have a website, as well? Wouldn’t it be more effective (and a lot easier) to have an active Facebook page for your studio?

In this post (and the next), you’ll learn about the unique potential of your Facebook page and website in growing the kind of studio you want.

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Quick Tip: Is Your Font Driving Website Visitors Away?

Have you ever felt irritated when you’re trying to read a website and the font is too small?

Have you found yourself skimming over large blocks of text that seem to go on and on?

Have you noticed how certain fonts let you know right away that a website is extremely outdated?

Changing the font on your website is a super easy way to update your online presence and make parents engaged with your message.

This quick tip post will give you the why and how of updating your font in just a few minutes.

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Want to Grow a Group Lesson Program? Use Your Website!

Do you offer group lessons in your studio?

Do you want to move to group lessons but are afraid of losing current students?

Are you worried about how to get new students to fill your group lesson program?

Group lessons are a huge trend in music studios right now, and for good reason. Many teachers find teaching in groups to be deeply rewarding for both themselves and their students.

However, making big changes in your studio can be nerve-wracking, as your studio families aren’t always as eager for group lessons as you are.

This post will show you how to use your website to help achieve your group lesson goals.

You’ll learn how to leverage your website to showcase your group lessons and attract new families to your studio. You’ll also learn how to use your website to demonstrate the enormous benefits of group lessons to your current families.

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5 Tips to Get Your Website Ready for Fall Enrollment

Does the thought of getting ready for fall lessons feel completely overwhelming?

Are you tired out from spring festivals, recitals, and summer camp planning?

Is vacation (or even a long nap) at the top of your priority list right now?

Does fall enrollment feel like your LAST priority?

You are not alone!

You’ve worked hard this year, given everything to your students, celebrated their successes and supported them through their struggles.

Before you reach that vacation or long nap, though, you can make your life in the fall much easier (and help your student numbers grow) by investing just a small amount of time in your website now.

In this post, I’ll give you 5 quick ways to be sure that your website is ready for fall enrollment - before you say goodbye to your final lesson of the school year.

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5 Tips for Getting Great Recital Photos

Your recital is a great opportunity to get photos that showcase your students, their hard work, and your dedication as a teacher.

However, it can be difficult to get great recital photos.

Maybe parents didn’t take good photos to share with you, you didn’t get the shots you were hoping for, or your students just didn’t smile much (I’ve had all of these things happen).

Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of this priceless photo opportunity:

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Create Graphics for Your Website in 4 Easy Steps

Are you looking for an easy way to take your website design to the next level?

If you are able to design your own simple graphics, you’ll bring a polished, professional edge to your website.

You can also use these steps to create graphics for newsletters, recital programs, and other studio materials.

Creating graphics for your studio materials may seem intimidating at first, but it's actually an easy process. It’s a great way to customize your studio materials and make your message stand out.

What you’ll need:

→ Your computer

→ Thirty to sixty minutes to practice (see what I did there?)

Since you’re usually on the teaching side of the learning process, enjoy this opportunity to learn a new skill!

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Spring Clean Your Website in 10 Days: Part 3

When was the last time you cleaned up your website?

Styles and trends online change quickly. Your studio website can start to look a bit dated before you know it.

The good news: you can keep your website looking fresh and up-to-date without spending a ton of time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

→ Thirty minutes (or a bit more) per day for 10 days

→ A spring cleaning checklist with easy-to-follow instructions (this blog post!)

New to this spring cleaning series? Check out part 1 and part 2 before diving into this final post.

If you’re caught up and ready to finish making your website sparkle, read on.

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Spring Clean Your Website in 10 Days: Part 2

When was the last time you cleaned up your website?

Styles and trends online change quickly. Your studio website can start to look a bit dated before you know it.

The good news: you can keep your website looking fresh and up-to-date without spending a ton of time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

→ Thirty minutes or so per day for 10 days (just 3-4 days per week)

→ A spring cleaning checklist with easy-to-follow instructions (this blog post!)

If you haven't started spring cleaning your website yet, you'll want to begin with Part 1 of this series.

Sit down, get comfortable. Turn on your favorite productivity soundtrack (this week I'm listening to the 80s pop songs that my middle school students are learning).

Ready to give your website a good spring cleaning?

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Spring Clean Your Website in 10 Days: Part 1

When was the last time you cleaned up your website?

Online styles and trends change quickly. Your studio website can start to look a bit dated before you know it.

The good news: you can keep your website looking fresh and up-to-date without spending a ton of time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

→ Thirty minutes or so per day for 10 days (just 3 or 4 days per week)

→ A spring cleaning checklist with easy-to-follow instructions (this blog post!)

Sit down, get comfortable. Turn on your favorite productivity soundtrack (Haydn symphonies are my favorite for this).

Ready to give your website a good spring cleaning?

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Quick Tip: The $1000 Contact Button

How do parents contact you?

Let’s say that a parent is on your website. They like what they see, and they’re ready to reach out.

Does it make a difference how they get in touch with you?

 

This quick tip post will show you:

→ The $1000 difference a contact button can make

→ How to use contact buttons to hear from more parents than ever before

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