Digital Resource Design School 101

For Piano Teachers
With Dr. Melody Payne

Digital Resource Design School 101 is the only all-inclusive program for developing and designing professional piano teaching resources.

It is the only step-by-step video series of its kind that takes you through every single aspect of resource design: From imagining, to developing, to designing and creating professional piano teaching resources that will help your students thrive!

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What is Digital Resource Design School 101?

By the end of Design School 101 you will have:


a unique idea for a high-quality piano teaching resource or series of resources


and created that resource with sound pedagogical principles in mind


beautiful fonts, clipart, and graphic design tips to make your resource stand out from the crowd


the correct way to follow copyright and trademark law as you create your resource


how to make a variety of resources, including pre-staff piano activities, game cards, worksheets, and more


following the correct steps for securing, exporting, and compressing the final version of your resource

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design school 101 is right for you if...

  • You've Always Wanted to Provide Amazing Resources for your Students

    But the thought of opening a blank document and getting started is overwhelming

  • You would love to create unique games and worksheets for your students

    But you don't know where to start, and you don't know all the steps you need to follow to design and create incredible resources for them

  • You need help with clipart and fonts

    So you can purchase the correct kinds of materials and combine them into an educational resource with an attractive and professional format that your students will love

  • Copyright and trademark information is scary and overwhelming

    And you need help wading through that information to be sure you are following the law when creating resources for your students

  • You Need Step By Step Guidance

    Through every part of the resource design process, from brainstorming, to developing, to designing, to completing wonderful educational materials for your piano studio

And That's Where I come In!

In Design School 101, a self-paced video course, I will teach you step by step how to develop, design, and create professional-level piano teaching resources, even if you’ve never designed anything before!

This program will teach you everything you need to know and give you the tools and resources you need to design high-quality educational resources like these.

Let me be your personal guide

Let me teach you my own personal product creation blueprint that I’ve used since 2013 to create high-quality, in-demand piano teaching resources that are being used by piano teachers and students around the world.

I know what it takes to be successful in the area of resource design, and I am going to teach you what I’ve learned since I started creating and selling piano teaching resources. I’ve come a LONG way since 2013 and I have a LOT of amazing things to teach you that will save you an incredible amount of time, effort, headaches, and tears of frustration along the way.  

I want you to be successful, without feeling unsure of yourself, or struggling with your confidence, or feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing like I felt for so long, so you can make professional, pedagogical, and beautiful resources for your students.

I’ve done all the research and provided all the design information for you so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I made. In Design School 101, you’ll learn the correct way to do things from the very start. 

After finishing the lessons and assignments in Digital Resource Design School 101:

  • You’ll know exactly how to design spectacular piano teaching resources for your students!
  • You’ll be confident in your abilities and proud of your resources, and your students will love them!
  • You’ll feel absolutely sure about what you’re doing, and you’ll know exactly how to do it accurately!

So come on this exciting journey with me, and let me share with you the key components of designing amazing piano teaching resources that will help your students thrive!

Digital Resource Design School 101

Your step-by-step personal and professional guide to designing exceptional, high-quality, outstanding piano teaching resources!​

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Course Features

Here's What We'll Do Together

$1997 Value

Learn Melody’s story: The transformation she underwent when she grew from being a piano teacher who simply enjoyed making resources for her students, into a professional business owner and course creator, designing and selling piano teaching resources for students and teachers around the world. 

Learn about the tools and technology we will use in this course, plus how to set up your workspace in an ergonomically healthy way (and why this is more important than you might think). 

Discover the pedagogy behind an amazing resource, unlock your own personal teaching philosophy, and learn why they’re equally important in the planning and design process. 

It’s incredibly important to follow copyright and trademark law as you design resources. In fact, it’s non-negotiable! Learn how to follow all aspects of copyright and trademark law when creating resources. 

You’ll learn how to brainstorm a fantastic idea for a resource, then you’ll discover how to develop that idea into an amazing educational resource that your students will love. 

Did you know you can only use clipart and fonts that are created specifically for commercial use in your resources? In this lesson you’ll learn all about commercial use, purchasing the appropriate kinds of clipart and fonts, and how to organize them on your computer. You’ll also learn some amazing design tips for using clipart and fonts in your resources. 
In this fabulous video-packed module, you’ll learn how to create a variety of resources with clipart and fonts. You’ll discover several ways to create musical examples for your resources and how to import them into your resources. You’ll learn how to create worksheets, pre-staff piano music, music games, and more!

In this module, you’ll learn how to add the additional pages that all resources need, including writing your own Terms of Use, adding the appropriate and necessary credits and links to your resource, designing a cover page, creating a hyperlinked table of contents, designing your own logo, and more.  

You’ll discover how to add the finishing touches to your resource so it is ready to sell! In Design School 102, you’ll learn all you need to know to sell your resources and start making money, and in this module, we’ll be completing the resource so it is ready for that next step. 

This module includes bonus lessons, bonus features, and additional design tips! 

In addition to all the video lessons and bonuses, you will also receive two individual design sessions with Melody where you can ask questions about your designs and get personalized and specific feedback from Melody. 

What Piano Teachers Are Saying:

Digital Resource Design School truly has been a blessing to me, giving me the confidence to attempt things that I didn’t in my wildest dreams think I could ever do. Art/design has never been my gifting, but I am excited to learn a new skill to be able to help my own students instead of spending hours online trying to find a resource that doesn’t exist. I'm looking forward to completing my first Melody-inspired/taught resource.
Sophie Fredericks
Ascending Notes Studio
I've always wanted to create my own resources for my students, but it just felt so overwhelming, and I didn't know where to start! Melody takes you through the entire process step-by-step (including some steps I hadn't even thought of) and makes it all feel achievable. I now feel confident that I can create fantastic resources that are a perfect fit for my students.
Donna Hinkley
Donna Hinkley Music Tuition
Digital Resource Design School has been a timely addition to my training. I've been wanting to design my own games, warmups, and music for years but have not known where to start. This course breaks down the 'how to' I so desperately needed. I am now feeling confident and excited about creating resources for my studio and possibly others.
Angela Gaynor
A.G. Studios
I have always wanted to create my own resources, but didn’t know where to start. Digital Resource Design School breaks down the steps, from everything you need to know about and choose before you start, to how to actually make the resource. The course has definitely given me the confidence to go for it! Melody’s videos are so fun and she is very responsive to questions 😊
Nicole Bowers
Happy Bird Music Studio
After starting this course, I never felt happier in my job. From now on I am producing my own materials for my students. I was so proud of myself when I tried it out. Thank you Melody, for this course, which is a real game changer for me 💕
Birgit Essig Testimonial
Birgit Essig
Schule für Klavier

Frequently Asked Questions

Design School 101 is a self-paced online course, and you may take as long as you like to complete it. You will have access to the course and all future updates for as long as the course exists. Design School 101 includes over 6.5 hours of instructional content.

Absolutely! Design School 101 starts at the very beginning and teaches you everything you’ll need to know and do to create amazing piano teaching resources. You don’t need any prerequisite knowledge to be successful in this course.

I’ll be presenting all of the product design lessons in Keynote for Mac. However, you may use PowerPoint for Business (PC or Mac) to complete the lessons and assignments if that is what you already have. I highly recommend a Mac with Keynote due to compatibility and ease of use.

No, you do not need your own website to be successful in this course. 

This course teaches you how to purchase and use commercial-use clipart and fonts designed by professional graphic artists to create spectacular piano teaching resources like these worksheets and games in my shop. 

Learning to make Boom Cards is beyond the scope of Design School 101. I have plans to create a separate Boom Cards course that I’d love to have you join. 

Absolutely! Click here to choose the payment plan that works best for you.

  • One payment (pay in full up front)
  • Two payments (pay monthly for two months)
  • Three payments (pay monthly for three months)
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Additional Information

While we make every effort to ensure that we accurately represent all information included in this course and becoming a creator of piano teaching resources, there is no guarantee that you will earn income by using the techniques and information provided in this course. All earnings and income statements made by are estimates and not guarantees of what you could potentially earn should you decide to sell the resources you learn to create in this course. There is no guarantee that you will make the level of income mentioned in the course, and you accept this risk.

Results will vary and will be based on factors that we cannot control. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, experience, commitment, and motivation to succeed. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience. The example used in the course represents exceptional results, which may or may not apply to every product designer, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that any piano teacher will achieve the same or similar results. 

There are no guarantees that past earnings can be repeated in the future. We cannot promise future results and/or short-term or long-term success. There are unknown risks that we cannot foresee which could affect the outcomes you experience. We are not responsible for your actions.

The use of our information, products, and services should be based on your own due diligence and you agree that and the affiliates of this website are not liable for any success or failure of your business that is directly or indirectly related to the purchase and use of our information, products, or services offered or sold on this website.

Once you have enrolled in Design School 101 via one of the payment plans (two months payment plan or three months payment plan), you agree to the following:

  1. Automatic renewal. The payment plan (two months or three months) will automatically renew until all payments (two payments or three payments) are complete and paid in full.
  2. Payment plan. The amount of the monthly payments will not be changed during the payment period. 

Refund Policy

Every effort has been made to provide a clear overview and description of this course. We believe you’ll absolutely love it, but if for some reason you determine this course isn’t for you, contact us via email within 10 days of purchase to request a refund.

Any refund requests made more than 10 days after the purchase date are not eligible for a refund.

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This document was last updated on September 21, 2021.