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3 secrets to writing an effective diversity statement

3 secrets to writing an effective diversity statement

Requests for diversity statements have become standard in college teaching job applications. I get a question about how to write a compelling EDI statement about once a week, so here are my top 3 secrets to writing an effective diversity statement. But let's first get...

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Musicians’ Cover Letter Golden Rule

Musicians’ Cover Letter Golden Rule

Yes, there IS a musicians' Valhalla of job application materials. And there, in that exalted heavenly state, you'll find musicians abide by the cover letter golden rule. It's this: keep it to . . . One. Page. Only. For real. More is NOT more. More is, typically, a lot...

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Musician: what’s your offer?

Musician: what’s your offer?

The real question for those who want more students is this, Musician: what's your offer? Too often, we're unclear about the promise behind our offerings. We think we're being clear. We think we're promoting our studio or group program effectively. When in fact, we're...

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For musicians who want more students

For musicians who want more students

For musicians who want more students, welcome to the art of referral requests. The other week, in one of our Beyond Talent monthly clinics, Ann wanted tips on attracting more students. Unfortunately, Ann's question deserves more than can be delivered in a master class...

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Your Teaching Bio as a Call to Action

Your Teaching Bio as a Call to Action

If you want more of your "ideal" music students—if you want more committed and advanced students—the place to start is with seeing your teaching bio as a call to action. Think about it: anyone looking for a music teacher who gets a referral to you (or who finds...

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Beth was ready to give up . . .

Beth was ready to give up . . .

Let me tell you a story about a client I'll call Beth—a talented, accomplished musician who was looking for a college teaching job. Beth was well-qualified for the jobs she applied for.  But she'd been applying for jobs for two years—and not getting anywhere. No...

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Fortune Favors the Bold Musician

Fortune Favors the Bold Musician

If you're waiting for your internal messaging to tell you that you're ready to take that next courageous step in your career, I have news for you: Fortune Favors the Bold Musician. Huh? This means that the way to get things happening in your career is not to wait for...

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Feeling Cynical about the College Teaching Job Market?

Feeling Cynical about the College Teaching Job Market?

It’s easy to be cynical about the college job market for musicians. Applying often feels like a waste of time because every job has an inside candidate and that it’s all about “who you know.” So it’s easy to do a half-assed job when you apply. You send in application...

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Musicians — why survey your customers?

Musicians — why survey your customers?

We're asking this: Musicians — why survey your customers? Your audience? Let's find out. Think about whether you really know what the people you're seeking to serve want. Have you taken the time and trouble to ask? Because If you want to genuinely connect with...

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Test your skills with 3 more tough interview questions

Test your skills with 3 more tough interview questions

As a follow up to this post, (where we covered tough interview questions #1-3) here are three additional difficult interview questions for you. Test your skills on these so you can upgrade your job search outcomes. If you've ever wondered, after an interview, "Why...

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