I spend A LOT of time in the car.
While my students don't live particularly far from me, I live in Los Angeles, and traffic is ubiquitous.
Over the last couple of years, the one thing that has made all that driving more bearable is podcasts.
I love to keep a mix of genres in my app: news, business, professional development, inspiring, entertaining, and just plain fun! Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorites, sorted by category.
I'll keep this list updated as I discover new ones too!
If you've been in the online piano teaching space for a while, you are probably aware of most of these, but if you're not, you should definitely be subscribed to these!
The Creative Piano Teaching Podcast with Tim Topham--this is by far the best podcast out there for piano teachers. Tim covers a huge span of topics from teaching ideas, to business and marketing. It's really a one stop shop for running a successful piano teaching business.
The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast with Nicola Cantan--this one is new on the scene, but I love that the episodes are short and sweet. They're about 15 minutes long and get right to the point. You leave each episode with something actionable that you can apply to your business and teaching right away.
The Piano Parent Podcast with Shelly Davis--this podcast is actually directed at parents of piano students, but I think it's a great one for us to listen to as teachers as well. You'll get lots of insights on how to communicate well with the parents in your studio. Definitely recommend this one to your studio parents too!
There are a million business podcasts out there, and it can get really overwhelming trying to choose one to listen to. Here are a few of my favorites:
Music Lesson Business Academy--this podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Danny Thompson owns a music academy in Southern California, and this podcast is full of great advice and in the trenches experience.
The Marie Forleo Podcast--this one is my favorite! This is actually the audio version of "MarieTV" which is a fantastic and funny web show especially geared toward female entrepreneurs.
The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher--this one is mostly geared toward ladies, but guys can get some great information from it too. I have to be in the right mood for this one because she's really perky! What I love about this podcast is how much she's willing to share about the back end of her business. It's a great place to help you get started running an online business.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin--I never miss an episode of Happier. It's kind of like Real Simple Magazine, if it were a podcast. Each week you get tips, hacks, and ideas to make your life happier, healthier, and more efficient.
Happier in Hollywood--This is a sister show to the Happier Podcast, literally. It's hosted by Gretchen Rubin's sister Liz, and her writing partner Sarah. It's a fun look into what business in Hollywood looks like, but even those of us who don't work in television can get a lot of great ideas from this show!
Just for Fun
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness--any Queer Eye fans out there? Jonathan has this actually really great podcast that tackles all kinds of topic from the difference between British and American English to the impact of family separations at the border on children. He's also interviewed all of his fellow Fab Five cast members.
Binge Mode Harry Potter--this is a pure indulgence and escape. Mallory and Jason are so entertaining as they journey through all of the books and movies pointing out insights, theorizing about things we don't have details about (like why is McGonagall so invested in Harry playing Quiditch?), and exploring all aspects of the Harry Potter universe.
Lately I've been getting a lot of my news from daily podcasts. Any news outlet you prefer has one at this point. The two I listen to most often are NPRs Up First, and the Rachel Maddow show.
I teach piano in California. Here are some of my thoughts.