Category: Piano Teaching

Piano recital ideas, piano teaching tips, piano studio challenges, and more.

15 Favorite Christmas Gifts for Piano Teachers

Do you draw a blank when friends and family ask, “What do you want for Christmas?” or “Do you have a list of Christmas gifts for piano teachers you could share?” I am here with links and how I use these gifts in my studio. Take making a list off of your list with these 15 tested piano studio tools in every price range. 

My 3 Favorite Piano Sight-Reading Resources to Use in Piano Lessons

It’s challenging to find piano sight-reading resources that appeal to students and address the need for rhythmic accuracy from the onset. To ensure students are developing their sense of pulse, it’s best to practice sight-reading during the lesson.

3 Easy Ways to Engage Your Teenage Piano Students During the Holiday Season

During this busy Christmas season, you may find that your teenage piano students are losing interest. Here are three ways to keep them musically engaged. With just a little planning on your part, you’ll have your teens smiling and happy to come to their lessons, satisfying both teacher and student!

A Deep Dive into Sonatina in F Major by Beethoven

When approaching any piece of intermediate historical repertoire, I always ask myself how can I help my students navigate the challenges of simply playing this piece in their first few weeks of practice. Sonatina in F Major by Beethoven is truly playable by a mid-intermediate student and can prepare a student for his easiest Sonatas, such as Op.49, No.2. Join me as I take a deep dive into this lovely and accessible Sonatina by Beethoven.

3 Spectacular Piano Newsletter Templates That Will Set Your Studio Apart

Want to improve your piano studio communication with parents? Instead of sending them yet another standard email that is just like all the rest, use one of these three amazing, professional, editable piano newsletter templates. Your efforts to stand out will be noticed and your announcements will be read!

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Train Music Intervals During Piano Lessons

Piano students who master intervallic reading are better equipped to be able to start seeing the score in terms of note groupings, rather than reading one note to the next. Here are some ideas on how to intentionally fit training music intervals into a busy 30-minute piano lesson.

The Perfect Keyboard Geography Game for Beginner Piano Lessons

The Piano Keys Spelling Bee Game is the perfect keyboard geography game for preschool and kindergarten piano students! The skills needed to play the game are exactly what students in this age range are working on in school.

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.


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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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