Category: Piano Recital Ideas

25 Favorite Hymns for Beginning Pianists (Bonus: Create Your Own Accompaniments)

I love the old hymns, discovering chord patterns, expanding my accompaniment styles, and therefore, teaching hymns for beginning pianists. In this post, I will share a peek inside Simple Hymns for Worship as well as give you ideas for creating your own accompaniment/teacher duet part (with a video tutorial!).

5 Easy Ways to Use Music Certificates in Private Lessons and K-12 Music Classes

These aesthetically-pleasing music certificates can go a long way in helping create positive, long-lasting memories for music students. The list of awards can be used as a planning tool for teachers. Click here to read 5 easy ways to use music certificates in private music lessons and the K-12 music classroom.

Recital Kits with Invitations, Programs, and Certificates — Just in Time!

Did you know that there are ready-made recital kits with welcome slides, invitations, programs, and certificates all ready for you to use this recital season and beyond? There’s so much involved in the planning phase of recitals, but let these tasks be the least stressful. Here’s a sneak peak of the blush and navy floral recital kit and the eucalyptus, marble, and gold kit, both elegant choices for your upcoming recital!

How To Create a QR Code for Your Piano Recital Program

I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated printing programs for my recitals only to throw so many away afterward. So this year, I decided to try something different by creating a QR code for a digital piano recital program! This quick and easy tutorial will show you step by step how to create your own QR code so you can easily share a digital version of your piano recital program with your audience.

10 Favorite Freebies for Piano Teachers

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 quick tour of my 10 favorite freebies for piano teachers so you can download and start using them today.

A Deep Dive into Schubert’s Waltz in B Minor

Teachers – what is your superpower? My piano teacher superpower seems to be teaching intermediate historical repertoire in a way that allows my students to play expressively. I love getting my students engaged with works by the great masters, including one of my all-time favorites, Franz Schubert, whose Waltz in B minor, D.145 / Op.18, No.6 will be discussed here.

Take Your Piano Recital Outdoors: A Simple 8-Step Guide

Andrea West is a piano teacher, graphic designer, and marketing director who recently held an outside piano recital on her front porch! Rather than canceling her recital due to Covid concerns, she thought outside the box to create a fun and memorable experience for her piano families. Please enjoy Andrea’s article on eight simple steps for hosting an outdoor piano recital.

How to Organize and Host an Online Piano Workshop

Jennifer Bowman is a composer and piano teacher who organized a fully-online piano workshop with composer Christopher Norton. In this article, Jennifer shares how she arranged this highly successful online event for her piano studio in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Create a Virtual Piano Ensemble Recital Video

Ten of my students and I performed a virtual piano ensemble recital. It was all done via our online piano lessons by using lots of practice tracks, the metronome, videos, and powerful editing software that could handle all 11 videos at once. In this post I’m going to share some tips for creating a basic virtual piano ensemble. Let’s work together with our students to make virtual piano recitals fun, engaging, and exciting experiences for our students and their families!

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At MelodyPayne.com, our mission is to provide piano teaching resources, sheet music, and ideas that will help you and your piano students thrive!

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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