Resources

On this page, you will find a thorough list of all my favorite tools and resources that I use on this site, in my studio, and at home.

They will help you do things faster, easier, and with confidence knowing that I ONLY recommend products I have used for a long time and can personally attest their worth.

I will update this page regularly so be sure and check back!

 

Top All-Around Favorite Tools

Evernote. Check out all my resources here on PianoPantry on how you can utilize this amazing tool as an Independent Music Teacher.

Grammarly. My English teacher and writing sidekick. With Grammarly Premium, you not only get the basic critical grammar and spell-check errors, you get instant feedback on over 400 advanced grammar rules. Microsoft Word spell-check can’t even touch the capability of this program.

LastPass . In this day and age, I couldn’t manage all my accounts and passwords properly without Last Pass. Your life will be made easier (and more secure).

 

Studio Marketing and Social Media

Canva.com. An amazing tool for creating easy and incredible social media images. Use built-in templates perfectly sized for each social media network.

Picmonkey.com. The biggest thing I utilize Picmonkey for is resizing images.

EyeDropper Extention. Super handy Chrome extension to grab color codes off the internet.

The Piano Teacher’s Ultimate Facebook Guide. Daniel Patterson at Grow Your Music Studio has put together an amazing document to help piano teachers learn to utilize Facebook to market their studio. I learned lots from this resource.

 

Software and Apps

Keyrocket for (PC). Become more productive with keyboard shortcuts

Boomerang for Gmail. This Chrome extension helps me schedule emails to send at optimal times, snooze messages, and my favorite benefit – follow up reminders if someone doesn’t respond to your email.

forScore. This app is well worth the fee. forScore is the best sheet music reader out there, especially when paired with the Airturn PED.

NinGenius – Studio Edition. The perfect application for student music lab time. Few apps out there allow multiple student log-ins and luckily as this is one of my student’s favorite apps, this is one that does!

NoteRush. One of my favorite apps for students as the app recognizes whether or not the student is playing the exact note on the piano.

RhythmLab. Once again, this is one of few apps out there that allow multiple student logins. That in itself makes it a winner for me.

Wisestamp. Generates professional, custom email signatures.

 

Hardware

Airturn PED. This Bluetooth hands-free page turner works seamlessly with my iPad. I use it weekly along with my ForScore app for Sunday service.

Apple 12.9″ 128 GB, Wi-Fi iPad ProBeing that I don’t have a laptop, the 12″ iPad, and Smart Keyboard combo are the perfect (and cheaper than a laptop) substitution. The larger screen makes reading sheet music on the iPad much easier on the eyes. I wish I would have gotten one sooner. Also, I definitely wouldn’t recommend less than the 128 GB.

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9″ iPad Pro. I know it’s expensive, but it is absolutely AMAZING and I would buy this keyboard all over again. It’s sleek, simple, and versatile.

Apple Pencil for iPad Pro. Again, expensive but it is absolutely AMAZING and totally worth it. It works perfectly for my students doing worksheets on the iPad.

Casio Celviano Keyboard. I currently have 4 Casio Celviano AP-620 models in my studio similar to this one on Amazon. They’re a solid, simple, reliable, and nice looking keyboard for group classes.

Logitech Wireless Keyboard. My husband and I have both been using this wireless keyboard for years. It’s super comfortable to use with my desktop computer.

Logitech Wireless Mouse. This wireless mouse is extremely comfortable, especially for long periods of computer usage.

 

Studio Communication

Mailchimp. A simple drag-and-drop email solution for studio newsletters. What I like best? I can see what families have and haven’t read the newsletter.

 

Podcasts

Creative Piano Teaching Podcast

Classical Classroom

Piano Parent Podcast

A Musical Life with Hugh Sung

The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous

 

Hosting/Website/Blogging

Hawkhost. I have been super happy with Hawkhost. Their client support has always been quick to respond and very helpful. They provide great service.

WordPress.org

Weebly.com

 

Recording Equipment

Blue Yeti USB Microphone. This microphone is easy to use and best of all has a mute button to avoid those little coughs when recording.

Eramble Studio Microphone Pop Filter. Simple pop filter for your microphone to reduce popping sounds.

Khanka Microphone Case for Blue Yeti. A small, simple, and compact case to carry the Blue Yeti microphone. Room for cables, and a pop filter.

 

Food/Kitchen

Pepperplate. I love this food app because it allows me to import recipes from all over the web. Recipes are formatted into one format using the Pepperplate bookmarklet.

 

Books

Coffee With Ray | Nick Ambrosino

Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction | Robert Duke

Lessons with Matt | Nick Ambrosino

The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact | David Cutler

Teaching Piano: The Synthesis of Mind, Ear, and Body | Max W. Camp

The Ways Children Learn Music: An Introduction and Practical Guide to Music Learning Theory | Eric Bluestine

Quick and Easy Introductions (to Music Learning Theory) | Edwin E. Gordon

More to come!

 

 

Disclosure

Some of the resources listed on this page contain affiliate links. If you choose to purchase one of them, I will receive a small percentage of that sale for the referral at no additional cost to you.