Friday Finds #100 and Giveaway Winner

The day has arrived. Piano Pantry has officially posted 100 weeks of Friday Finds since first launching in March of 2016!

In celebration of this milestone, I posted a giveaway last week featuring an item that was a part of the Friday Find series. Thanks to all who entered to win Note Speed!

The winner (randomly selected by Rafflecopter’s generator) is Lynelle Vogel, who commented:

My older kids love to play NinGenius on iPads to work on note names.

Congratulations! I will be contacting to get your shipping details.


Friday Finds Breather

Before we proceed with this top 100 list, I just want to thank you for your excitement and energy over these weekly finds over the past 2+ years. You have been so enthusiastic and encouraging with so many stating it’s the one post/email they’re sure to catch every week.

That being said, I’m going to take a brief hiatus from this weekly post. I promise it will be brief and the series will return as I love writing it as much as you seem to love reading them.

There’s a lot going on in life right now – one of which many of you are aware. My husband and I are in the final stages of building a house (literally). We are (well, mostly he is) doing the majority of it on our own. We’re in the home stretch and I really need to let something go for the time being.

Promise me you’ll jump back in when I pick back up?

Awesome, thanks!


Friday Finds Top 100


I have gone back through every single F.F. post I’ve written to pull the best of the best for you here. With approximately eight finds per week, that’s 800 finds I’ve scoured.

How did I choose? First, anything that was specifically commented on by a reader was included. From there, I simply focused on posts that have affected me the most, have stuck in my memory, made an impact, or that I still use or find fascinating even today.

I’ve broken them down into 11 categories so if you prefer to check out a specific category of items you can jump around.  Enjoy!

  • Productivity, Tools, and Organization
  • On Teaching
  • Piano Books and Music
  • Thought-Provoking Articles
  • Learning from Other Things in Life
  • Fun Music and Teaching Stuff
  • Foodie Fun
  • Recipes
  • Personal
  • Podcasts
  • Miscellaneous Fascinating Things


Productivity, Tools, and Organization

1.  Feedly for following all your favorite websites in one location (also used by Seth Godin!)

2.  LastPass password manager (also used by Seth Godin!)

3.  Tutorial video for Canva for music teachers | Rosemarie Penner

4.  How to Store and Organize Teaching Games and How I Print, Trim, Laminate, and Assemble Piano Teaching Games | Nicola Canton

5.  Why I Switched To Automatic Payments… Finally! | The Free IMT (This post talks about the app I am now using for automatic payments)

6.  How to Make Effective and Efficient Lesson Notes in Google Docs | Leila Viss

7.  A Few Simple Tools to Hook Up Your iPad to the TV | Rosemarie Penner

8.  Google Drive: How to Create Folders & Add Documents | Rosemarie Penner

9.  Instagram Stories Tutorial


On Teaching

10. Top 10 tips for tackling and transforming piano technique

11.  Jennifer Nicole Campbell’s Music Musings on “Claire de lune”

12.  Ten things I want my teen piano students to know before they quit lessons

13.  The Power of Practice: 7 Practice Hats for Parents | The Curious Piano Teachers

14.  Piano Safari’s Hanon Potato Variations

15.  New Teaching Tool: Bubble Wrap!

16.  The possibility of making a healthy income doing what you love as a piano teacher | Joy Morin

17.  Unstructured Practice: Giving Students Time to Doodle | Tim Topham

18.  “What Shall We Do Next?” | Paul Harris

19.  Repertoire Rules | Elissa Milne

20.  Twelve Tips for Teaching Tricky Personalities | Tracy Selle

21.  The Do’s and Dont’s of Talking to Struggling Piano Students | Teach Piano Today

22.  Two Piano Teaching Duets for Burgmüller’s Op. 100  | Chad Twedt

23.  The Ultimate Guide to left Hand Piano Styles & Patterns | Tim Topham

24.  Decorating the Cake: Helping Piano Students Play With Expression and Heart | Joy Morin

25.  We’re Not Robots: Helping Young Piano Students Get “Beyond The Notes” | Joy Morin


Piano Books and Music

26.  Best Piano Solos by Phillip Keveren

27.  The Piano Student’s Hymnal

28.  Simple Songs: Easiest Piano Songs

29.  Nocturne by Paul Sheftel

30.  Chord Town Christmas by Anne Crosby Gaudet

31.  Leila’s arrangement of It Is Well With My Soul

32.  Free download of Gordon’s Quick and Easy Introductions

33.  How to Think Music by Harriet Ayer Seymour

34. Sunday Morning Blended Worship by Victor Labenske

35.  Journey Through the Classics by Jennifer Linn


Thought-Provoking Articles

36.  A Thousand Rivers: What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning | Carol Black

37.  As one reader stated, this article from Anne Lamott, How to Find Time, is gold!

38.  The Deeper Reason Why We Can’t Remember People’s Names | Becoming Minimalist

39.  How (and Why) Giving Students Choices, Can Dramatically Improve Learning | Bulletproof Musician

40.  Ethical Concerns with Online Conference | Chad Twedt

41.  How Reading Old Books Gives Us New Perspective | Michael Hyatt

42.  What We Can Learn From Considering One’s Ideal Piano Teacher Life | Joy Morin

43.  On Establishing A Daily Habit (Practicing the Piano or Otherwise) | Joy Morin

44.  The Right to be Ridiculous | The Rabbit Room

45.  What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life? | No Sidebar

46.  Every article I share by James Clear I find thought-provoking. Since I couldn’t choose, I decided to cheat and just list all the ones I shared and count his articles as one item 🙂


Learning from Other Things in Life …

47. The book Wonder by R.J. Palacio

48. Why Learning Guitar Made Me a  Better Piano Teacher | Tim Topham

49. Why I Take Lessons in the Alexander Technique as a Piano Teacher | Joy Morin

50.  What Ballet Class Taught Me About Piano Teaching | Spring Seals


Fun Music and Teaching Stuff

51. Lego Nanoblock Grand Piano

52.  A Look Back at Trendsetting Piano Teaching Resources in 2016.

53. I absolutely love it when teachers put together favorite teaching tools lists and Diane Hidy is puts out the best of them.

54.  CD: What Great Music!

55.  Acrylic Washi Tape Dispenser

56.  Move It! DVD for expressive movement – great group class activity.

57.  University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project on YouTube

58.  Build-a-Skeleton Interval Challenge game for group classes around Halloween

59.  Karen Lien’s Dalcroze Focus Activities

60.  PE-2 Pedal Extender

61.  Practice Boxes: A fun treat for your students | Violin Judy. (One reader especially liked the suggestion of using a pill box.)

62.  Scrabble Tiles in the Studio: Music Crossword Project

63.  What Great Music! Classical Selections to Hear and See | MLT-Inspired CD

64.  Professional recorder player

65.  Mighty Bright Orchestra Light

66.  Rockin’ Rhythms | TCW Resources

67.  Kreative Keyboard Kit | TCW Resources

68.  Note Speed

69.  Tonic Game | Scott at Tonic-Music


Foodie Fun

70.  Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain English Muffins

71.  Free foodie backgrounds | Chocolate and Zucchini

72.  OXO Good-Grips Cutting and Carving Board

73.  Capresso Glass Electric Water Kettle  

74.  PepperMate Traditional Pepper Mill

75.  Shining Your Sink | Fly Lady

76.  Starting a Dinner Club | Pinch of Yum



77.  Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies [Chickpea Cookies – Gluten / Grain Free] | Lucky Penny

78.  5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pinch of Yum

79.  Game-winning Guac’ | Marcella Valladolid

80.  Waffle Maker and recipe Gaufres de Liege | The Kitchn

81.  Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake | Food Network

82.  Raspberry-Orange Almond Muffins with Sprouted Flour | Amy Chaplin (the famous one 🙂

83.  Sprouted Wheat Flatbread | Nourished Kitchen

84.  Fudgy Brownie Bites | Simply Recipes

85.  Super Fast, Super Healthy Snacks for Piano Teachers | Colourful Keys

86.  Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Smitten Kitchen

87.  Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie | Two Peas and Their Pod



88.  Birchbox monthly beauty box samples

89.  Pixi’s Glow Tonic

90.  Tocca Eau de Parfume Stella



91.  Musicality Podcast | Musical U

92.  Akimbo | Seth Godin

93.  Classical Classroom | Dacia Clay / Houston Public Media

94.  Revisionist History | Malcolm Gladwell (one reader, along with myself, especially loved the episode on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah)

95.  NBC Chimes: Behind the Scenes with the First Trademarked Sound | from 99 Percent Invisible


Miscellaneous Fascinating Things

96.  This photo tour of Amazon’s warehouses is incredible.

97.  Colgate Wisps for freshening up your mouth between lessons.

98.  How one student’s midday meal became a lunchroom cartoon phenom.

99.  Beats RX Workout

100.  Daria van den Bercken’s journey into the world of Handel’s keyboard works Handel Hits the Road


Until next time – have a great summer!!

XO ~Amy



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