10 Favorite Freebies for Piano Teachers

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Did you know there’s an entire library of free resources on my website that were created just for you and your piano studio? Today I’m going to take you on a tour of my 10 favorite freebies for piano teachers.


Here are my 10 favorite freebies for piano teachers


1. The Ultimate Recital Checklist and Timeline

Is your studio recital coming up soon? Are you spending too much time trying to plan the perfect recital? Need help organizing the details (decorations, food, gifts, and awards)? My free piano recital planning guide and checklists can make the process efficient, stress-free, and easy! Download the free piano recital planning guide and start planning the easiest piano recital you’ve ever hosted!

This free version of the recital planner is not editable. If you would like to edit the entire document and customize it for your studio, click here to get the fully editable version for only $8.


2. Piano Studio Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been asked many times to share my piano studio policy document, so here it is! This is the studio FAQ and policies document I share with my piano families each year. I welcome them to my piano studio, explain all of the policies including how to enroll their child in piano lessons, payment options, makeup lessons (spoiler alert – I don’t teach makeup lessons anymore, but here is an alternative I love!), recitals, books and materials, home instrument requirements, practicing, and much more.


3. Piano Studio Goals Workbook

Download my free goal planning workbook and learn an easy way to plan, set, and achieve your goals for an organized and productive teaching year! Use as a piano teacher goal-setting guide, and use it with your piano students to help them set and achieve fantastic long-term and short-term goals. I always look forward to talking with my students about their goals and helping them set goals for the semester and for the year!


4. 55+ Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Students

Choosing gifts for your piano or music students can be fun and easy with this free list of over 50 gift ideas! Grab the free download and you’ll see tons of fun gift ideas that are musical, non-musical, cheap, customizable, DIY, and fun! Perfect for recitals, stocking stuffers, Christmas, birthdays, or whenever you need a special treat for your piano students!


5. Name that Folk Tune Worksheets

Your students will LLOVE practicing note reading with these LLAMA-themed music worksheets! Download includes a sample page of treble clef folk song snippets. Students name the notes, sight-sing, sight-play, or sight-read the tune, then “Name That Tune!” The best part is that they won’t even realize they’re doing a worksheet, they’ll be having so much fun. Get the full version here. 


6. Recital Party Games

Is your studio recital coming up soon? Do you need some help coming up with ideas for fun games? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Learn how to throw the most amazing piano recital your studio has ever seen with this set of easy recital games! Includes “face the cookie”, “chocolate unicorn”, “chubby bunny”, and more. Read the full post here. Print these onto white card stock for best results. 

Face the Cookie Recital Party Game


7. 100 Note Challenges (Treble Clef & Bass Clef CDEFG)

Reviewing treble and bass clef C position notes is lots of fun with these 100 Note Challenges! Students complete the 100 note challenge by identifying each note and writing the correct answer as quickly as possible. Make the activity even more challenging by timing your student’s challenge and asking them to beat their own time! 


8. All the Pretty Little Horses Lead Sheet

My students love lead sheets! We use the collection of lead sheets in the library as part of our lead sheet challenge, for reinforcing playing chords and inversions, and to practice reading chord symbols. Lead sheets are perfect for learning to play in a band, learning to accompany a soloist, and for supplementing piano method books. Read how my students use lead sheets with the AnyTune Pro App to help them learn ensemble skills before they rehearse together as a band. 


9. Hot Cross Buns Lead Sheet

Even beginners can get in on the fun of playing lead sheets with this easy version of Hot Cross Buns. Written in the key of C major, students can learn to play the right hand melody as soon as they can read C, D, and E. This easy version of Hot Cross Buns includes two chords: C and G. Along with the music, a brief set of instructions is included on the page. Terrific to use as a very first lead sheet!


10. Sight-Reading Treble Clef CDE

Sight-reading is an incredibly valuable skill for musicians. While some piano students naturally gravitate towards exploring new music and sight-reading fearlessly, others are more hesitant to begin developing this important skill. I created this set of four sight-reading pages to give my beginners some sight-reading motivation and to challenge them to spend a few minutes sight-reading each day to help them become strong sight-readers. Read about “The Great Sight-Reading Challenge” to learn how to host your own studio-wide sight-reading event. 


Where can I get the 10 favorite freebies for piano teachers?

In the free resource library! The freebie library is a growing collection of free downloads for piano teachers. They were created to make running your piano studio easier and to help you with the business and lesson-planning aspects of a music studio. 


What does the piano teacher freebie library include?

The free resource library currently includes over 20 resources, including sample piano studio documents, lead sheets, tutorials, piano studio resources, piano lesson worksheets, recital planning, goal setting, and more!


Access these 10 favorites and more!

There you have it – my 10 favorite freebies for piano teachers. Ready to download them? Complete the form below and the password for the freebie library will be send directly to your inbox. ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎


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Melody Payne

Melody Payne

Dr. Melody Payne is a pianist, teacher, and educational resource author who believes that all piano students deserve the best musical experiences possible, in every single lesson. Melody self-publishes pedagogical materials for piano students as well as piano teaching articles and professional development courses for piano teachers. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Music with emphases in music education and piano pedagogy and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. Melody and her husband Greg live in Marion, Virginia, a small town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where she teaches children and adults of all ages and abilities in her online piano studio.

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Hi! I’m Melody Payne, a pianist and piano teacher, educational resource author, a fun-loving wife to the most wonderful and talented hubby I could ask for, and a lifelong learner who loves to share. I want to make your life as a music teacher easier by writing and sharing helpful and relevant music teaching articles, and by creating educational resources with your very own students in mind. If you are a parent who wants to enroll your child in piano lessons, I’d love for us to get started building those skills that can give your child a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

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