Category: Guest Posts

5 Tips for Engaging Young Piano Students During Online Lessons

During this global crisis, piano teachers everywhere have been challenged to pivot and adjust to teaching music lessons online. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly been an unprecedented time for embracing technology to the fullest! With trial and error, my little pianists and I have found some creative ways to keep piano lessons fun while online. I hope you’ll enjoy trying these ideas with your students!

Spread the Word and Streamline Communication with a Studio Newsletter

Learn how using newsletters to organize your thoughts and streamline communication with your piano studio families creates efficiency, excellent communication skills, and parents who look forward to reading newsletters. Plus, you can spread the word about openings in your studio, special events, and other important news easily!

Tips for Teaching Preschool Piano Students

Does your piano studio include students of all ages? How about tiny little preschoolers who are full of energy, endlessly enthusiastic, and always ready for adventure? Please enjoy this article and take note of this fun collection of tips and ideas for teaching the youngest piano students.

Envisioning Lifetime Goals for Our Students’ Involvement in Music

“As I have been thinking about my own students and this new year, I am contemplating the long view. What lifetime goals do I envision for my students’ involvement with music.” -Dr. Steve Betts. Please enjoy this article on envisioning lifetime goals for our students’ involvement in music, and using those goals to guide our teaching.

Building a Foundation of Mutual Trust in Piano Lessons

I am so pleased to introduce the author of this guest post, Tiffiney Harms. She is a music professor, pianist, and dear friend, and we have known one another since 2005. Wow, has it really been that long? Read on for the rest of that story, and please enjoy this thought-provoking and beautifully-written article on how we can build a foundation of mutual trust, respect, and musicality within the context of music lessons.


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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