Category: Professional Development

How to Follow Copyright and Trademark Law in the Piano Studio

Copyright and trademark: These aren’t topics you’d particularly expect on a piano teaching website, right? But with more and more of our businesses going online every day, and with more and more of us designing piano teaching resources for our own studios and to give away or sell to other teachers, these are topics that absolutely cannot be overlooked and ignored. Continue reading to see how you can ensure you are following copyright law in your piano teaching business.

Studio Management Software for Piano Teachers: My Music Staff

My Music Staff, MMS, is web-based studio management software that can help you with a variety of administrative tasks that you do for your piano studio. It’s like having your own personal assistant! If you’re an independent studio owner, or if you own a music academy with multiple teachers, MMS can automate many of your administrative tasks to give you more freedom in your schedule to do what you really love – teach!

Show Multiple Camera Views Simultaneously with OBS During Online Piano Lessons

In a recent post, I showed you how to set up an overhead camera to enhance your online teaching setup by giving you the ability to show your students an overhead view of your piano keys. This week, I interviewed Ian Belloso to demonstrate how to show your students multiple camera views at once with free software called OBS. Read the brief summary, then watch our entire conversation and Ian’s demonstrations of OBS in the video.

Eliminate Filler Words from Your Piano Teaching Vocabulary in 6 Easy Steps

We use them to verbalize our hesitations. We use them because we’re thinking, or we’re not sure what to say next. We use them as a way to let people know we’re still speaking. We use them because maybe we’re not feeling confident about what we want to say. What are they? Filler words. Learn how to eliminate them from your vocabulary and become a clearer and more succinct communicator and teacher.

150 Ways to Say “Good” in Piano Lessons

My toolbox for complimenting my students was not “very good”, and I was stuck in a rut with my boring and repetitive praise and encouragement words, all of which incorporated the same not-so-creative word: “Good”. Download the free list of 150+ complimentary words and phrases, and before you know it, your piano teaching vocabulary will be bursting at the seams with imaginative and creative ways to say “good job”. Your piano students will love it!

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.

7 Tips to Attract New Online Piano Students with Your Studio Website

Many studios have been hit extremely hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and have suffered immensely from a dramatic decrease in student enrollment. In this post, I’ll share with you 7 tips on how I have grown my piano studio during a pandemic by using my piano studio website as a recruiting tool. After reading this post, you’ll have a toolbox of ways you can grow your online studio too!

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!

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!

Welcome!

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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